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Author Marion Roach Smith to Speak at Hudson Valley Community College Literary and Arts Magazine Ceremony

CONTACT: Deborah Renfrew (518) 629-7180,
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Friday, April 19, 2013

Author Marion Roach Smith will make a special presentation at a reception celebrating the publication of Threads, Hudson Valley Community College’s annual magazine of student poetry, prose and visual arts, on Thursday, April 25 from 12 to 3 p.m. in the Bulmer Telecommunications Center. Featuring the announcement of annual student writing and arts awards, with readings by student writers, the ceremony is open to students, their guests, Hudson Valley staff and the public.

Roach Smith, the author of four memoir-based books, will focus her remarks on creative expression as an encompassing part of life. Her latest book, “The Memoir Project: A Thoroughly Non-Standardized Text on Writing & Life,” was published in 2011. She is a former New York Times staff writer, has written for The Los Angeles Times, Vogue, and Good Housekeeping, has been a commentator on NPR’s “All Things Considered,” and was the writer and voice for “The Naturalist’s Datebook” on Martha Stewart Living Radio. Roach Smith offers memoir classes at the Arts Center of the Capital Region in downtown Troy. She lives with her husband Rex Smith, editor of the Times Union, and their daughter in upstate New York.

All Hudson Valley students are invited to submit work for publication in Threads, which strives to represent a variety of abilities while reflecting the diversity of the campus community.

For more information about Marion Roach Smith, visit her Web site,

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 70 associate degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and workforce and academic preparation programs offered through the Educational Opportunity Center. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of nearly 13,250 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining. Hudson Valley has 75,000 alumni.