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AU professor emeritus to discuss book on NPR show Tuesday

"Off the Page," a program hosted by Bill Jaker on WSKG-FM,88.7, a Binghamton NPR member radio station, will feature a discussion with "Entering Zen" author Ben Howard, Alfred University professor of English, on Tuesday, Aug. 16 at 1 p.m. and repeated again at 7 p.m.

The live program will also be available for computer listening within 24 hours.

Entering Zen consists of 75 essays addressed to anyone who might wish to take up the practice of meditation, deepen an existing practice, or explore the nuances and complexities of the Zen tradition, says Howard. The essays first appeared as columns in the Alfred Sun and then were reprinted in the newsletters of the Upaya and Syracuse Zen Centers.An excerpt will appear in a forthcoming issue of Buddhadharma, an international Buddhist journal.

Howard earned a bachelor of arts degree in English from Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa and he earned a master of arts degree English and creative writing and a Ph.D. in English literature at Syracuse University.

Howard’s honors include the Phi Beta Kappa Award, the Excellence in Teaching Award, the Fred H. Gertx Chair in Writing, and the Hagar Chair in the Humanities from as well as the Theodore Christian Hoepfner Award from Southern Humanities Review, Milton Dorfman Prize in Poetry, the Alan Collins Fellowship in Poetry at Bread Loaf Writers Conference, and the Woodrow Wilson Fellowship.

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