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Two Trains Too Many: Poetic & Musical Collaboration on Sept. 22

Posted Sep. 19, 2012

Two Trains Too Many is the title of collaborative recording of poems and original guitar compositions by Robert Miltner and Erin Vaughn, two faculty members of Kent State University at Stark. For the premiere music event of the 2012-13 season, the duo will perform the selections from their CD on Saturday, Sept. 22 at 7 p.m. in Main Hall Auditorium at Kent State Stark, 6000 Frank Avenue NW in Jackson Township.
Miltner teaches a variety of creative writing classes at Kent State Stark, including fiction, poetry, prose poetry, creative nonfiction, screenwriting and devising theater. Additionally, he is the Kent State graduate coordinator for the Northeast Ohio MFA in Creative Writing Consortium. His poems, stories and essays have been published in numerous publications and he has authored several chapbooks of poetry, including Against the Simple, which won a Wick Chapbook Award. Hotel Utopia, Miltner’s collection of prose poems, was selected for the New Rivers Press Many Voices Project book prize and was a finalist for the Ohioana Book Award in Poetry. He edits the academic journal, Raymond Carver Review, and the literary journal, Quickly.
Vaughn, a guitarist and educator, earned a bachelor’s degree in jazz studies at The University of Akron and is currently completing his master’s degree in music theory from Kent State University. For the last three years, he has been the guitarist with the Ryan Humbert Band. From 2004-09, he was the staff guitarist at Akron’s Carousel Dinner Theater. Other theater affiliations include the Canton Player’s Guild and the Kent State Stark Theater Department. As guitarist for Phoenix Production’s national tour of Grease, he played across the United States and Canada. Vaughn enjoys balancing his private teaching schedule, band performances and position as a Kent State Stark instructor and coordinator for the guitar department and university studio ensembles.
Following the performance will be a reception with an opportunity to purchase autographed copies of the artists’ CD, Two Trains Too Many. To learn more about Kent State Stark’s music events or the academic program, visit