About Us

What we do.

The School of Humanities & Sciences, Department of English and Communication presents the Central Pen Literary E-zine, an online journal comprised of creative writing and visual art from students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of Central Penn College.  Students with strong leadership skills, a love for reading and an interest in writing make up the staff.  The Central Pen offers them leadership roles and publishing credit for their resumes, which will help them as they pursue their various careers.

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Who we are.

Professor Maria Thiaw, Managing Editorsalmon-rose

Professor Maria Thiaw (aka poet, Maria James-Thiaw) is a professional writer with 3 published collections of poetry and a spoken word CD, including her latest publication, Talking “White.”   She specializes in creative writing, literature and the humanities and has worked for the college for over a decade. Professor Thiaw holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College, an M.S. in Communications Studies from Shippensburg University and a B.A. in Communications/Journalism – PR concentration/Ethnic Studies minor, also from Shippensburg University. Professor Thiaw is the founder and advisor of the Knight Writers Creative Writing Club and brings many cultural events and experiences to campus. To learn more about her published works and performances, follow her on Twitter @mariathepoet.com or visit her at http://www.mariathepoet.ink.


Professor Tom Davis, Co-Editor

Professor Davis

Professor Davis joined the Central Penn College community in October of 2012. Since that time, he has taught courses in writing, literature, public speaking, and business communication. Professor Davis has written numerous pieces of poetry, though most have been left unread. Professor Davis holds a B.A. in English Language, Literature, and Composition and an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. He also holds an M.A. in English and a graduate certificate in International Scientific and Technical Communication from Bowling Green State University. Professor Davis is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Instructional Design and Technology at Keiser University. He plans on applying what he learns about using emerging technologies in the classroom within his own classes.


Dr. Melissa Wehler, Blog Master

Melissa WehlerCurrently, Dr. Wehler serves as the Dean of Humanities & Sciences where she supervises the school and teaches classes on writing, literature, and film.  Her academic writing has been published in several essay collections including Demons of the Body and MindTransnational Gothic, and A Quest of Her Own: Essays on the Female Hero in Modern Fantasy where she discusses topics including madness, disability studies, the gothic, and nationalism.  She is also currently working on several book-length projects as well as publishing her flash fiction.  Her favorite writing genres are revisionist fairy tales and alternative histories.  Her writing mantra: Don’t find the time to write–make it!


Student Editors

Working in close cooperation with the faculty advisers, student editors will assist with:

  • generating both creative and information content for the blog and magazine;
  • editing and proofreading content for the blog and magazine;
  • helping to sort and select submissions for the blog and magazine;
  • helping to design the magazine including page layout, organization, and/or thematic areas;
  • helping with promotional events involving the blog and magazine;
  • offering suggestions on future blog posts and/or pages, magazine themes, and/or events

The student editors will be expected to contribute about an hour per week to the publication.

Be A Knight Writer

knight-writers-poseThe Knight Writers is Central Penn College’s creative writing club. We were founded in 2011 by Professor Maria Thiaw and Corporate Communication major, Greg Jones.  The club consists of students in a variety of majors that have an interest in writing creatively, either for fun or as a compliment to their careers. This group of poets, journalists, novelists and essayists get together weekly for writing prompts and to plan activities such as HogwartzGo for Fall Harvest or our annual Poetry Slam.

Over the years several students have been published professionally and many got their start by writing for The Central Pen. Currently, the Knight Writers meet at 3:30 on Wednesdays in the Leadership Room of the Charles T. Jones Library on the Summerdale Campus.Knight Writers

Fully online students and continuing ed students can be Knight Writers too.  You  can keep up with our activities by checking The Central Pen regularly, by following us on Twitter @CentralPen or by liking our Facebook page.  You can even keep up on writing tips and advice by visiting our Pinterest page. To stay in the know, send us an email and let us know that you want to be a Knight Writer! We will send you updates and let you participate in our writing prompts at your convenience. Contact:  Thecentralpen@centralpenn.edu. Remember – Create Dangerously!


4 Responses to About Us

  1. Jill

    So glad you’re finally here, and can’t wait to read more blog posts and the e-zine! I look forward to the possibility of future opportunities for the library and The Central Pen to collaborate!

  2. Hi Jami,
    Anyone interested in getting involved can do so by sending an email to thecentralpen@gmail.com.

    Prof. Thiaw

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