Marshall alumna, writer Sarah Dooley to speak next week on the Huntington campus

SarahDooleySarah  Dooley, a recent Marshall graduate and a respected author, will be the College of Education’s diversity speaker next week.  She will discuss homelessness, as well as her own religious background and how it affected her school experience at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 7,  in Drinko Library 402, and again from 1 to 3 p.m.  Friday, March 8, in the Memorial Student Center, room BE-8.

Born in Charleston, W.Va., Dooley lived 24 different places as a child, including an abandoned post office, a tent and a red cargo van.  She has a degree in special education and has taught at the elementary, middle and high school levels.  She has been quoted as saying when she isn’t writing, she is teaching and being taught by children with special needs.

Dooley is the author of two published novels aimed at young readers,  Livvie Owen Lived Here, and Body of Water.  In  August 2012 she was awarded the PEN/PhyllisNaylor writer fellowship for Free Verse, which is forthcoming from G.P. Putnam & Sons.

The lectures are free.  For additional information, contact Andrea Farenga at