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.

Jane Edna Mohler  -  Friday, Sep. 25, 7:30 pm, Orangery

Jane Edna MohlerThe reading takes place at 7:30 p.m. Friday, September 25, in The Orangery, Newtown Campus.  Admission is free and open to the public.

Jane Edna Mohler is a mother, wife, poet, counselor and native of Bucks County. Her work has been published in the Boston Globe and the Schuylkill Valley Journal. She has been a member of the Bucks County Poets’ Workshop for five years. Jane is inspired by anomalies, haiku moments and the endurance of fragile life. She also writes about her son who is seeking his fortune in the world. She lives in Peace Valley with her artist husband and three orange tabbies.

Free and open to campus and community. For more information contact Dr. Chris Bursk or 215-968-8156.  Sponsored by BCCC Cultural Programming Committee and Cultural Task Force.

Martha Collins  -  Friday, Sep. 25, 7:30 pm, Orangery

Martha Collins‌The reading takes place at 7:30 p.m. Friday, September 25, in The Orangery, Newtown Campus.  Admission is free and open to the public.

Martha Collins, the final judge for the 2015 Bucks County Poet Laureate competition, is the author of Day Unto Day (Milkweed, 2014), White Papers (Pitt Poetry Series, 2012), and Blue Front (Graywolf, 2006), a booklength poem based on a lynching her father witnessed when he was five
years old. Collins has also published four earlier collections of poems, three books of co-translations from the Vietnamese, and two chapbooks Both White Papers and Blue Front won Ohioana awards. Blue Front also won an Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, and was chosen as one of "25 Books to Remember from 2006" by the New York Public Library. Collins' awards include fellowships from the NEA, the Bunting Institute, the Ingram Merrill Foundation, and the Witter Bynner Foundation, as well as three Pushcart Prizes, the Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award, a Lannan residency grant, and the Laurence Goldstein Poetry Prize.

Free and open to campus and community. For more information contact Dr. Chris Bursk or 215-968-8156.  Sponsored by BCCC Cultural Programming Committee and Cultural Task Force.

Kathleen Mulholland  -  Friday, Oct. 30, 7:30 pm, Orangery

Kathleen Mulholland‌The reading takes place at 7:30 p.m. Friday, October 30, in The Orangery, Newtown Campus.  Admission is free and open to the public.

Kathleen Mulholland graduated from the University of Pennsylvania as a Bread Upon the Waters scholar in 2009, and immediately enrolled at Arcadia University for her Master’s in Education, in order to teach high school English in Philadelphia. She is forever grateful to her children and
friends for helping her, so she could achieve high honors at all three schools. In July, she completed her first residency at Vermont College of Fine Art, to officially launch her professional writing life. Although her first genre is poetry, she plans to complete a full-length work in prose that will hopefully inspire others to seek their dreams in spite of adversity. Kathleen founded the Newtown Library Poetry Series.

Free and open to campus and community. For more information contact Dr. Chris Bursk or 215-968-8156.  Sponsored by BCCC Cultural Programming Committee and Cultural Task Force.

Deborah Burnham  -  Friday, Oct. 30, 7:30 pm, Orangery

Deborah Burnham‌The reading takes place at 7:30 p.m. Friday, October 30, in The Orangery, Newtown Campus.  Admission is free and open to the public.

Deborah Burnham, the Bucks County 2015 Poet Laureate preliminary judge, is the Associate Undergraduate Chair of the English Department at University of Pennsylvania. Texas Tech University Press published her book, Anna and the Steel Mill, as its First Book Prize winner in 1995. She has also published a chapbook, Still. She is finishing a novel. Raising June, set in the Vietnam era. She has received a National Endowment for the Arts grant in poetry.

Free and open to campus and community. For more information contact Dr. Chris Bursk or 215-968-8156.  Sponsored by BCCC Cultural Programming Committee and Cultural Task Force.