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.

Dean Rader  -  Friday, Mar. 4, 7:30 pm, Orangery

Dean Rader‌The reading takes place at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 4, in The Orangery, Newtown Campus.  Admission is free and open to the public.

Dean Rader’s debut collection of poems, Works & Days, won the 2010 T. S. Eliot Poetry Prize. His recent collection Landscape Portrait Figure Form (Omnidawn) was named by the Barnes & Noble Review as one of the Best Books of Poetry of the year. He  has won numerous awards for his writing, including the 2015 George Bogin Award from the Poetry Society of America. Rader is a professor of English at the University of San Francisco and the editor of the 2014 anthology 99 Poems for the 99 Percent. His forthcoming collection Self-Portrait as Wikipedia Entry will appear in 2016 from Copper Canyon.

Free and open to campus and community. For more information contact Dr. Ethel Rackin or 215-497-8719.  Sponsored by BCCC Cultural Programming Committee and Cultural Task Force.

Elizabeth Savage  -  Friday, Mar. 4, 7:30 pm, Orangery

Elizabeth Savage‌The reading takes place at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 4, in The Orangery, Newtown Campus.  Admission is free and open to the public.

Elizabeth Savage is author of Idylliad (2015) and Grammar (2013), both from Furniture Press Books, and two chapbooks, Jane & Paige or Sister Goose and Woman Looking at a Vase of Flowers. Her critical work appears most recently in The Cambridge History of Twentieth-Century American Women Poets, Contemporary Women's Writing, and Jacket. She has served as poetry editor for Kestrel: A Journal of Literature & Art since 2008.

Free and open to campus and community. For more information contact Dr. Ethel Rackin or 215-497-8719.  Sponsored by BCCC Cultural Programming Committee and Cultural Task Force.

Mary Biddinger  -  Friday, Apr. 8, 7:30 pm, Orangery

Mary Biddinger‌The reading takes place at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 8, in The Orangery, Newtown Campus.  Admission is free and open to the public.

Mary Biddinger is the author of four full-length collections of poetry, most recently Small Enterprise (Black Lawrence Press, 2015). Her work has appeared in Denver Quarterly, Green Mountains Review, jubilat, The Laurel Review, and Pleiades, among others. She is a Professor of English at the University of Akron, where she teaches poetry writing and literature, and edits the Akron Series in Poetry at the University of Akron Press. She is the recipient of a 2015 National Endowment for the Arts creative writing fellowship in poetry, and is currently working on a book-length volume of prose poems.

Free and open to campus and community. For more information contact Dr. Ethel Rackin or 215-497-8719.  Sponsored by BCCC Cultural Programming Committee and Cultural Task Force.