Authors of ‘Shale Play’ to Speak at Dr. Ray Lecture

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — The authors of a book of photos and poems documenting the impact of the fracking industry in Pennsylvania will speak at a free lecture on the campus of Youngstown State University.

Acclaimed poet Julia Spicher Kasdorf and award-winning documentary photographer Steven Rubin are co-authors of “Shale Play: Poems and Photographs from the Fracking Fields.” The book explores the small towns, farms and forests of Appalachian Pennsylvania and documents the social, emotional and environmental impact of the Marcellus Shale gas boom in the region.

The lecture is part of the Dr. Ray Energy and Environment Speaker Series, named after the late Ray Beiersdorfer, who taught biological sciences at YSU. The free event is scheduled for Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. in room B100 of Cushwa Hall on campus.

Kasdorf grew up in Westmoreland, Pa., and is professor of English and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Pennsylvania State University. Rubin is associate professor of Art at Penn State, specializing in photography.

Source: YSU News.

Pictured: A photo of a buried pipeline along state Route 973 in Watson Township, Lycoming County, Pa. The photograph is part of “Shale Play: Poems and Photographs from the Fracking Fields.”

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.