LA PLUME — The beginning of the 2016-17 academic year signaled a new era of academic and literary scholarship at Keystone College.
The school officially re-introduced Nightshade Press, a publisher of literary works, which operated at Keystone before taking a temporary hiatus in 2010. Keystone also launched Keystone College Press to publish scholarly works by members of Keystone’s faculty as well as faculty members at other regional colleges and universities.
Keystone will celebrate both presses with a ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22 at Koelsch House on campus, followed by a reception in Evans Hall. The evening will be highlighted with a reading by young-adult author and poet Gail Carson Levine and several contributors to “Down the Doghole,” an anthology of 11 Northeastern Pennsylvania poets, released by Nightshade Press that same night.
Nightshade Press was brought to Keystone from Maine in 2003 by the late Karen Blomain, a Keystone faculty member, poet, and novelist. Nightshade published literary works consistently through 2009 and is once again publishing after a six-year hiatus.
Both Nightshade Press and Keystone College Press were unofficially introduced to the Keystone community last summer at the 10th annual meeting of The Gathering, a conference on creativity and imagination held each July. During the conference, Keystone College Press introduced its first book, “The Gathering at Keystone College: A Decennial Celebration,” a compilation of conference highlights, photographs, and presentations from the nine previous years. The book was edited and researched by 2016 Keystone graduate Christina Sinibaldi, of Dalton, as part of her senior capstone project.
Several other Keystone students also played key roles in the introduction of both presses, one of whom was sophomore Aleigh Smith, of Lehighton.
A graphic design class taught by Professor of Fine Arts David Porter helped with numerous projects, including the design of the Keystone College Press logo by student Ashley Purdy, of Factoryville. Sinibaldi and Smith also worked on Nightshade’s introduction of “Transient,” a book of poems by Ms. Carson Levine, who is a frequent Gathering participant.