Wordsmiths Reading Series (Poetry & Prose)

The Wordsmiths Reading Series is sponsored by college’s Cultural Advisory Group, Cultural Programming Committee, and the Language and Literature Department. For more information, contact the department at 215-968-8150.

Wendy Fulton Steginsky  -  Friday, Oct. 3, 7:30 pm, Orangery

Wendy Fulton Steginsky‌Reading with Kasey Jueds & Bill Wunder

The reading takes place at 7:30 p.m. Friday, October 3, in the Orangery, Newtown Campus.  Admission is free and open to the public.

Wendy Fulton Steginsky grew up in Bermuda where the sea’s rhythms seeped into her bones and stayed. A sense of place is a lasting thread in her life and art. Currently she resides happily in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Her work has been published in two volumes of Bermuda Anthology of Poetry, Bermuda Reading and Writing Festival Companion 2014, courtesy of Read*Write*Bermuda Books and the Buechner Society of Bermuda (October 2014), And The Questions Are Enough, Schuylkill Valley Journal of the Arts, online at tongues of the ocean, Wild River Review and featured in an exhibition, Making Magic: Beauty in Word and Image at the James A. Michener Art Museum in  Doylestown, Pennsylvania (November 2012 through March 2013). She was honored to read her poetry in the Bermuda Festival of the Performing Arts in 2009 to celebrate Bermuda’s 400th anniversary. Her chapbook, The Tide of Bermuda’s Light, is forthcoming in late summer, 2014.

Reading is free and open to campus and community. Sponsored by the Department of Language and Literature and Cultural Programming Committee. For more information contact Dr. Chris Bursk 215-968-8156.



Bill Wunder  -  Friday, Oct. 3, 7:30 pm, Orangery

Bill WunderReading with Kasey Jueds & Wendy Fulton Steginsky

The reading takes place at 7:30 p.m. Friday, October 3, in the Orangery, Newtown Campus.  Admission is free and open to the public.

Daffodil: Genus Narcissus
That you were named Narcissus was appropriate. Each false spring it’s always about you braving the chill and cutting wind,  you breaking through the suffocating, crust of snow.
Yelling look at me with your arresting yellow dress during drab and dreary days. You demand attention, insist on everyone loving only you for delivering us color.  As if brightness alone will be enough to save us.
– Bill Wunder

In 2004 Bill Wunder was named Bucks County Poet Laureate. He is the author of Pointing at the Moon and most recently Hands Turning the Earth. Wunder serves as Poetry Editor of the Schuylkill Valley Journal.

Reading is free and open to campus and community. Sponsored by the Department of Language and Literature and Cultural Programming Committee. For more information contact Dr. Chris Bursk 215-968-8156.



Kasey Jueds  -  Friday, Oct. 3, 7:30 pm, Orangery

Kasey Jueds‌Reading with Wendy Fulton Steginsky & Bill Wunder

The reading takes place at 7:30 p.m. Friday, October 3, in the Orangery, Newtown Campus.  Admission is free and open to the public.

Kasey Jueds’s first book of poems, Keeper, won the 2012 Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize from the University of Pittsburgh Press. Her poetry has appeared in numerous publications, including Beloit Poetry Journal, Prairie Schooner, Manhattan Review, Salamander, Crab Orchard Review, Women’s Review of Books, and 5AM; it has also been featured on Public Radio International’s “The Writer’s Almanac” and nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Jueds has been awarded residencies at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Soapstone, and the Ucross Foundation. A native of Coral Gables, Florida, she lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Reading is free and open to campus and community. Sponsored by the Department of Language and Literature and Cultural Programming Committee. For more information contact Dr. Chris Bursk 215-968-8156.



Kim Addonizio  -  Friday, Nov. 7, 7:30 pm, Orangery

Kim AddonizioReading with Hayden Saunier

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

Kim Addonizio is the author of five poetry collections, most recently Lucifer at the Starlite, and two books on writing poetry: The Poet's Companion (with Dorianne Laux) and Ordinary Genius, all from W.W. Norton. Her latest book is The Palace of Illusions, a collection of stories, from Counterpoint/Soft Skull. Addonizio's work has been honored with a Guggenheim Fellowship, two NEA Fellowships, two Pushcart Prizes, and many other awards, and been translated into several languages. My Black Angel: Blues Poems & Portraits, with woodcuts by Charles D. Jones, is forthcoming from Stephen F. Austin State University Press. Visit her online at kimaddonizio.com.

Reading is free and open to campus and community. Sponsored by the Department of Language and Literature and Cultural Programming Committee. For more information contact Dr. Chris Bursk 215-968-8156.



Hayden Saunier  -  Friday, Nov. 7, 7:30 pm, Orangery

Hayden SaunierReading with Kim Addonizio

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

Hayden Saunier is the author of three poetry collections, Tips for Domestic Travel, Say Luck, which won the 2013 Gell Poetry Prize selected by Laure- Anne Bosselaar, and the forthcoming Field Trip to the Underworld. Her work has won numerous awards, including the Pablo Neruda Prize, Rattle Poetry Prize and Robert Fraser Award and has been nominated twice for a Pushcart Prize. An actress and voice-over performer, her acting credits include The Sixth Sense, Philadelphia Diary, Hack, Do No Harm, the voice of a brokendown stove for Ikea, and dozens of roles in the theatre. She is a Bucks County, Pennsylvania Poet Laureate.

Reading is free and open to campus and community. Sponsored by the Department of Language and Literature and Cultural Programming Committee. For more information contact Dr. Chris Bursk 215-968-8156.



Sandra Becker  -  Sunday, Nov. 16, 2:00 pm, Orangery

Sandra BeckerReading with Alexa Gutter, Elizabeth Austin, Camille Norvaisas and Kathryn Ionata

The reading takes place at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, November 16, in the Orangery, Newtown Campus.  Admission is free and open to the public.

After earning a degree in psychology from CUNY Queens College, Sandra Becker studied at Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado, a Buddhist school where some of the Beat poets taught. She later studied poetry with Martha Rhodes, director of The Frost Place in New Hampshire, at Rhodes’ brownstone in SoHo, New York. The exposure to other poets made her yearn to improve her work.

Becker’s poems have been published in Comstock Review, Flesh & Bone, Main Street Rag, Raving Dove, Schuylkill Valley Journal of the Arts, U.S. 1 Worksheets, Wild River Review, and many others. Her poem “A City Girl Feeds Country Cows” was read by Garrison Keillor on his Writer’s Almanac podcast on September 27, 2014. She’s currently working on a manuscript of stories based on the disabled people with whom she works as support staff, providing a window into their worlds.

Reading is free and open to campus and community. Sponsored by the Department of Language and Literature and Cultural Programming Committee. For more information contact Dr. Chris Bursk 215-968-8156.



Terence Holt  -  Thursday, Dec. 4, 12:30 pm, Tyler 128

Terrence Holt‌The reading takes place at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, December 4, in Tyler Hall room 128, Newtown Campus.  Admission is free and open to the public.

Terrence Holt taught English literature and creative writing for a decade before enrolling in medical school. He now teaches and practices medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he holds appointments in the Department of Social Medicine, the Division of Geriatric Medicine, and the Department of English and Comparative Literature. The director of a newly-established interdisciplinary MA track in medical humanities, he teaches, writes and conducts research at the intersections between medicine and the arts. As a geriatrician, he cares for patients in nursing homes and primary care, and attends on the inpatient geriatrics service of UNC Hospitals. His newest book is Internal Medicine: A Doctor’s Stories, published in 2014 by W.W. Norton.
 
Reading is free and open to campus and community. Sponsored by the Department of Language and Literature and Cultural Programming Committee. For more information contact Dr. Chris Bursk 215-968-8156.