College professor is author of bird book

College professor is author of bird book


Dr. James Perkins, Westminster College professor of English emeritus, is the author of “Bird by Bird Watching” published in May by Dawn Valley Press.

Perkins’ latest literary endeavor is a collaboration with his longtime friend and colleague, the late Nelson Oestreich, whose woodcut bird prints illustrate this volume of Perkins’ poems.

The book’s introduction was written by local ornithologists Dr. Kerri Cornell Duerr, Westminster assistant professor of biology, and her husband, Dr. Adam Duerr.

Perkins earned an undergraduate degree from Centre College, master’s degree from Miami University and a doctorate from the University of Tennessee. In addition to this and six previous volumes on which he collaborated with Oestreich, Perkins has published more than 100 short stories and poems.

Contact Perkins at 724-946-7347 or for information.

Local author to speak at expo


Author Nancy Christie of Austintown will speak at the Ohio Readers and Writers Expo in Akron at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in Room B: The Writer’s Room at Holiday Inn Akron-West (Fairlawn), 4073 Medina Road. She will discuss “Overcoming Roadblocks to Writing Success” from her popular “Rut-Busting” workshop for writers. The expo runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Christie also will be signing copies of her books, “Traveling Left of Center and Other Stories” and “The Gifts Of Change.” For information about Christie and her books, visit the books page of her website,

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