Wordsmiths Reading Series Presents ‘Writing Across Borders’ Tonight
Three internationally known poets – Patricia Goodrich, Katia Motiva, and Jonas Zdanys – read from their works at 7:30 p.m. Thu. Dec. 6 at Newtown
Bucks County Community College, which has been bringing critically acclaimed authors to the region for more than 50 years, invites the public to “Writing across Borders” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, December 6, showcasing three internationally known poets.
The Wordsmiths Reading Series event features 2005 Bucks County Poet Laureate Patricia Goodrich, Bulgarian-born poet Katia Mitova, and Jonas Zdanys, the son of Lithuanian refugees.
Goodrich, who is also a visual artist, has been a featured reader at several international writers’ conferences, including the Days of Poetry and Wine Festival in Slovenia, the Druskininkai Poetic Fall Festival in Lithuania, and the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival in New Jersey. The 2005 Bucks County Poet Laureate has written several books, including her most recent work, Bone, Flesh, and & Fur: Poems in English and Romanian Translations, a collaboration with Elizabeth Raby and Casandra Ioan.
Mitova, who was born and raised in Bulgaria, has translated several poetry collections by Czeslaw Milosz and Mark Strand, as well as philosophy by Leszek Kolakowski, into Bulgarian. Her 2013 poetry collection Dream Diary was published by Virtual Artists Collective. Mitova, who earned a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, is currently a faculty member at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology and a lecturer at the University of Chicago.
Zdanys is the author of 46 books written in English or Lithuanian, including several collections of his own poetry. He was born in Connecticut soon after his parents arrived in the U.S. from a United Nations camp for Lithuanian refugees. He received his B.A. in English from Yale University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in English from the State University of New York. Zdanys has served as a scholar-in-residence at the Yale Center for Russian and East European Studies at Yale University, as Connecticut’s Chief Academic Officer, and is currently an English professor and poet-in-residence at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn.
“Writing Across Borders” takes place in room 142 of Tyler Hall on the campus at 275 Swamp Road, Newtown, Pa., 18940. Admission and parking are free.
The Wordsmiths Reading Series is part of the Bucks Live! series of innovative programs designed to inform, inspire, and enrich the life of grater Bucks County, sponsored by the Bucks County Community College Cultural Affairs Committee. To learn more, contact Dr. Christopher Bursk at Chris.Bursk@bucks.edu or 215-968-8156.