Wordsmiths Reading Series (Poetry & Prose)

The Wordsmiths Reading Series is sponsored by the College’s Cultural Programming Committee and the Department of Language and Literature. Events are free, open to the community, and generally held in the Orangery at the College's Newtown Campus. For more information about past and future events, call 215-968-8150.

J.C. Todd reading with Ethel Rackin

Monday, Feb. 20, 1 p.m. Tyler Hall - 142, Newtown Campus

Ethel Reading

‌J. C. Todd, winner of the 2016 International Literary Award in poetry and a 2014-16 Pew Fellow, has held fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Ragdale and Ucross and a writing residency at Humboldt University in Berlin. Her books include What Space This Body (Wind, 2008) and two chapbooks. Individual poems have been published in The Paris Review, The American Poetry Review, Ekphrasis, and are forthcoming in Beloit Poetry Journal. She teaches in the Creative Writing Program at Bryn Mawr College.

Reading is free and open to campus and community. For more information: Chris Bursk 215-968-8156 or burskc@bucks.edu

Ethel Rackin reading with J.C. Todd

Monday, Feb. 20, 1 p.m. Tyler Hall - 142, Newtown Campus

 Ethel Reading - Feb 20

Ethel Rackin is the author of The Forever Notes (2013) and Go On (2016), both from Parlor Press. Elizabeth Robinson awarded her collaborative lyric sequence, “Soledad,” written with Elizabeth Savage, the 2016 Thomas Merton Prize for Poetry of the Sacred. Her poems, book reviews, and collaborations have appeared in journals such as Colorado Review, Hotel Amerika, Kenyon Review, Jacket2, Parabola, Verse Daily, and Volt. She earned her MFA from Bard College and her PhD in English Literature from Princeton University. She is an associate professor of Language & Literature at Bucks County Community College, where she co-directs the Wordsmiths Reading Series and the Poet Laureate Program with Dr. Christopher Bursk.

Reading is free and open to campus and community. For more information: Chris Bursk 215-968-8156 or burskc@bucks.edu

Lorene Cary reading with Kaitlin Moore

Friday, Mar. 24, 7:30 p.m. - Orangery, Newtown Campus

	

Lorene -Wordsmiths

Lorene Cary’s non-fiction includes magazine articles and blogs as well as her memoir Black Ice, and a collection of stories for young readers, Free! Great Escapes from Slavery on the Underground Railroad. Novels include The Price of a Child, chosen as the first One Book One Philadelphia offering, Pride, and, her most recent, If Sons, Then Heirs. Cary has written scripts for videos at The President’s House exhibit on Independence Mall in Philadelphia. For 20 years Cary has taught fiction and non-fiction at UPenn; now she invites her students to publish on SafeKidsStories.com on Medium.com, which she created to focus on children’s safety and wholeness. In 1998 Cary founded Art Sanctuary to enrich urban Philadelphia with the excellence of black arts. To create an intentional transition, she stepped down as director in 2012. Cary served as president of the Union Benevolent Association; from 2011-2013 as a member of Philadelphia’s School Reform Commission. Honors include: UPenn’s Provost’s Award for Distinguished Teaching, The Philadelphia Award, and honorary doctorates from Swarthmore, Muhlenberg, Colby, and Keene State Colleges, and Arcadia and Gwynedd Mercy Universities.

Reading is free and open to campus and community. For more information: Ethel Rackin 215.497.8719 or ethel.rackin@bucks.edu

Kaitlin Moore reading with Lorene Cary

Friday, Mar. 24, 7:30 p.m. - Orangery, Newtown Campus

Kaitlin - Wordsmiths

Kaitlin Moore is a junior at the University of Pennsylvania studying Creative Writing and Science, Technology, Society (STSC). Once an astrophysics major, Kaitlin likes to write stories that experiment with time, space, and superpositive cats that are both alive and dead. Her work has appeared in Supplemental v.1, Filament, Tinge Magazine, and Blue Door Quarterly.

Reading is free and open to campus and community. For more information: Ethel Rackin 215.497.8719 or ethel.rackin@bucks.edu