Book by YSU prof featured at English Festival

Rebecca Barnhouse is a YSU faculty member whose book, "The Coming of the Dragon," is on the reading list for the 2012 YSU English Festival.

Rebecca Barnhouse

Youngstown State University’s English Festival marks a first this year – a novel written by a YSU faculty member.

The Coming of the Dragon by Rebecca Barnhouse, professor of English, is on the reading list for this year’s festival, March 28 through 30 on the YSU campus.

It’s the first time in the 34-year history of the Festival that a book written by a YSU faculty member has been on the list.

“It’s a wonderful novel that earned its way onto the reading list and very much deserves to be there,” said Gary Salvner, chair of YSU’s English department and co-director of the English Festival.

About 3,000 junior and senior high school students from dozens of schools across the region participate in the English Festival every year. Students must read books on the Festival’s book list in order to attend. At the Festival, students hear lectures from the authors and attend workshops and labs on writing, poetry, journalism and more.

Dragon is Barnhouse’s second novel and was inspired by Beowulf. She also authored The Book of the Maidservant and, most recently, her third book, Peaceweaver, a stand-alone companion book to Dragon. For more on the books, visit

A native of Vero Beach, Fla., Barnhouse earned a doctorate in medieval literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has been named a Distinguished Professor in Teaching at YSU and was awarded the Northeast Ohio