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The Gathering at Keystone College - Innovation


The Gathering
at Keystone College


July 15-17, 2016

Innovation: Radical Dreams for the Real World

Join us and our featured writers, artists, scientists, philosophers, and entrepreneurs who have broken through established ways of thinking to change the world in ways large and small. The aim of Radical Dreams for the New World is to inspire and challenge participants to break new ground in their creative lives.

Featuring presentations by:

 Martine Rothblatt– scientist, entrepreneur, author

Christopher Impey – astronomer, professor, author

Pamela Muñoz Ryan – award-winning author of novels for young readers

James Becket – film-maker, environmentalist

Gail Carson Levine – award-winning children’s author, poet/dreamer,

Jason P. Vest – science fiction expert, professor


transient_cover (2)Transient by Gail Carson Levine is scheduled for release as part of her presentation at The Gathering on July 16. Through a special arrangement with Nightshade Press, complimentary advance review copies will be mailed to each registered full-time participant beginning mid- to late-April. So save your spot at The Gathering, become one of the first to read Transient, and join the celebration of this terrific book’s publication on July 16.



Keystone College welcomes the Eastern Pennsylvania Region of the Society of Children Book Writers and Illustrators to The Gathering. The SCBWI is one of the largest organizations for writers and illustrators of children’s and young adult literature, film, television, and multimedia.

The Eastern Region of SCBWI is one of over 80 active regions both in the United States and internationally. We are delighted to have this talented and dedicated group of literary artists join us at Keystone College.


What is The Gathering at Keystone College?

The Gathering at Keystone College is an annual three-day symposium featuring performances, lectures, discussions, and workshops. People from diverse backgrounds meet to explore the creative spirit that permeates science, literature, and the arts around the world. (read more…)

The humanities – it’s what The Gathering is all about .

Take a look at last years event. 2015 – The Story


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Nightshade Press is releasing Transient, Gail Carson Levine’s first poetry collection, at The Gathering during Gail’s presentation on Saturday, July 16. Each full-time participant will receive a free advance copy of Transient in April. This is what the Nightshade Press Catalogue says about this beautiful collection:

These poems will stay with you. When the world turns to war, you’ll remember “Manufactured Rage,” while “Dreaming Washington Irving” will fast-forward you through the stages of your own life. Called up by such poems as “Reunion” and “Lunch at Monica’s House,” lost friends and family will return and visit. In poems like “L.E.D. R.I.P,” you’ll put the dark in humor up against the funny in tragedy. And if you wonder what ET makes of all of it, you’ll return to “Do They Deduce We Had Lips,” the debut poem in this debut collection by acclaimed children’s book author Gail Carson Levine. Those who look to Levine for the fantastic will find a dog-faced man, Medusa, Pygmalion, a hero of the Iliad, and–Jughead!–seen through a lens more Sexton than Seuss. The emotional range here is both broad and nuanced: humor, nostalgia, grief, shame, anger, regret, fear, and even–occasionally–joy. Throughout, in every-day language gracefully arranged, Levine elevates ordinary ideas and common experience so that all is haloed in light.

“I see the yard rippled by snow

and the air is stippled as if

we’re inside a Seurat.    The huge

hemlock  across the street

could be the mast

of a windjammer braving a storm.”


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