“Dancer” author visits campus

Award-winning author Renée E. D’Aoust will read from her new book, Body of A Dancer, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept.  27, in the McDonough Museum of Art on the campus of Youngstown State University.

The reading is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Phil Brady, professor of English, at psbrady@gmail.com or 330-941-1952.

The book is a memoir of interlacing essays that explores the brutal and passionate world of modern dance in New York City. As a student of Martha Graham Dance, D’Aoust tells of muscle and desire, day jobs and defeat. Dance history is interwoven with the stories of contemporary dancers as she explores the ties that bind her.

Trained as a dancer at Pacific Northwest Ballet and later at the Martha Graham Center for Contemporary Dance, D’Aoust performed on proscenium stages and in black box theaters. Now as a writer, she has numerous publications and awards to her credit, including a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts Journalism Institute for Dance Criticism, and grants from the Idaho Commision for the Arts.

In addition to her public reading, D’Aoust will participate in the Mahoning Valley Diversity Outreach Program, visiting classes at Youngstown Early College and East High School, as well as YSU classes. The Outreach Program is sponsored by the YSU Poetry Center and Etruscan Press, and supported by the Gratia Murphy Endowment, the Ohio Arts Council and the Rayen Foundation.