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Rubin Co-Authors Book Featuring Images and Stories from Marcellus Shale Region

Cover of "Shale Play"

Steven Rubin, associate professor in the Photography program, and Julia Kasdorf, professor of English and women's, gender and sexuality studies, recently co-authored Shale Play: Poems and Photographs from the Fracking Fields, published by Penn State University Press. The book gathers stories and images about working people and everyday life from Appalachian Pennsylvania and the Marcellus Shale region. 

According to Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature, the book addresses what the discovery of Marcellus Shale in the region really means, now and in the future. “The long sleep of the Appalachians has been dramatically interrupted by the sudden discovery of the Marcellus Shale. This book helps us see and understand what that has meant for the region. It's a classic tale, with echoes of the region's past—and deep implications for the planet's future.”

Rubin worked for more than 20 years as a freelance photojournalist and documentary photographer. His photographs have been published in The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, Time, Newsweekand The Village Voice, and internationally in Stern, GEO, Focus, L’Expressand The London Independent Magazine.

Kasdorf, an acclaimed poet, has published three books of poetry: Sleeping Preacher, Eve’s Stripteaseand Poetry in America. Her awards include the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize, the Great Lakes College’s Association Award for New Writing, a Pushcart Prize and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry. 

For more information or to order the book, visit http://www.psupress.org.