Wordsmiths (Poetry & Prose)
Adam Sorkin & Stan Heim - April 17, 7:30 p.m., Fireside Lounge
Adam J. Sorkin is a translator of contemporary Romanian literature, whose work has won the Poetry Society (U.K.) Corneliu M. Popescu Prize for European Poetry Translation for 2005, as well as the Kenneth Rexroth Memorial Translation Prize and the Ioan Flora Prize for Poetry Translation. In 2011, he published A Path to the Sea by Liliana Ursu, Ioan Flora’s Medea and Her War Machines, and The Vanishing Point That Whistles: An Anthology of Contemporary Romanian Poetry. His 2009 book of Mircea Ivănescu’s lines poems poetry was shortlisted for the 2011 Poetry Society prize, and the Ursu
volume was Silver Award winner in poetry as a ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year. In 2012, he is
publishing Mouths Dry with Hatred by Dan Sociu and The Flying Head by Ioan Flora. Sorkin is Distinguished Professor of English at Penn State Brandywine.
The Stan Heim/Louis Camp Student Poetry Award was established to honor the two presiding geniuses of the BCCC reading series, Louis Camp and Stan Heim; they brought hundreds of amazing poets to the BCCC campus and inspired countless numbers of students.
Ben Marcus - April 5, 11:00 a.m., Tyler 128
This event was rescheduled fron January 25 due to inclement weather.
Ben Marcus is the author of four books of fiction, including The Age of Wire and String and his newest novel, The Flame Alphabet. His work has been published in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, The New York Times, Salon, McSweeney's, and Time. In 2009, he received a grant for Innovative Literature from the Creative Capital Foundation, and his awards include the Morton Dauwen Zabel Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Whiting Writers Award, a NEA Fellowship in fiction, and three Pushcart Prizes. He is currently an associate professor at Columbia University.
Stephanie Powell Watts & Bob Watts - Feb. 15, 7:30 p.m., Orangery
Stephanie Powell Watts' short stories, essays, and poems have appeared in many publications, including the 2008 Pushcart Prize Anthology, and New Stories from the South: Best of the Year, 2007. Her first short-story collection, We Are Taking Only What We Need, was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award, the John Gardner Fiction Award, the USA Book News Award, and the ForeWord Reviews Award. She teaches writing at Lehigh University.
Bob Watts’ poems have appeared in Poetry, The Paris Review, New York Quarterly, and other journals. His first collection, Past Providence, won the 2004 Stanzas Prize from David Robert Brooks. He teaches creative writing at Lehigh University
W.D. Ehrhart & Chris Bursk - March 15, 7:30 p.m., Orangery
W. D. Ehrhart is author or editor of 20 books of poetry and prose, most recently The Bodies Beneath the Table and Dead on a High Hill. He was the 1983 Bucks County Poet Laureate, and currently teaches English and History at the Haverford School in Pennsylvania.
A recipient of NEA, Guggenheim, and Pew Fellowships, Christopher Bursk is the author of ten books, including The Improbable Swervings of Atoms, winner of the Donald Hall prize in Poetry from AWP. His poems have won the Another Chicago Magazine Award, 49th Parallel Award from Bellingham Review, New Letters Prize in Poetry, and the 2011 Allen Ginsberg Poetry Award. Most importantly Bursk is the grandfather of six.