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.

Pamela Perkins-Frederick - Sunday April 13, 2-5 pm, Orangery/Gallagher Room

Herb and Pam Perkins-FrederickWordsmiths Reading Series presents a Memorial Reading for Pamela Perkins-Frederick

Featuring videos of Pam reading. Poets with whom Pam worked will read from her poetry. Testimonials and a slide show to be presented.

Reception before reading • Orangery • 2-2:45 p.m.
Memorial reading • Gallagher Room, Rollins Center • 3 p.m.

Free and open to campus and community. For more information contact Dr. Chris Bursk 215-968-8156. An annual award at BCCC is being established in Pamela's memory, to recognize students who combine a passion for poetry and art. Donations can be made payable to BCCC Foundation and sent to the attention of Dr. Christopher Bursk, BCCC, Lang. & Lit., 275 Swamp Road, Newtown, PA 18940.

Evie Shockley Poetry Reading  -  Friday, April 25, 7:30 pm, Orangery

Evie ShockleyThe reading takes place at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 25, in the Orangery, Newtown Campus.  Admission is free and open to the public.

Author of several collections of poetry, including the new black, winner of the 2012 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in Poetry, Shockley is also the author of the critical study Renegade Poetics: Black Aesthetics and Formal Innovation in African American Poetry. Born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee, poet Evie Shockley earned a BA at Northwestern University, a JD at the University of Michigan, and a PhD in English literature at Duke University. Her poetry and essays have been featured in several anthologies, including Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry (2009), Poets on Teaching: A Sourcebook (2010), A Broken Thing: Contemporary Poets on the Line (2011), and Contemporary African American Literature: The Living Canon (2013).

Doris Ferleger Poetry Reading  -  Wednesday, May 7, 7:30 pm, Fireside Lounge

Doris Ferleger‌The reading takes place at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 7, in the Fireside Lounge, Rollins Center, Newtown Campus.  Admission is free and open to the public.

Doris Ferleger, winner of the New Letters Poetry Prize, Robert Fraser Poetry Prize, and the AROHO Creative Non Fiction Prize, among others, is the author of three volumes of poetry, Big Silences in a Year of Rain, (finalist for the Alice James Books Beatrice Hawley Award), As the Moon Has Breath, and When You Become Snow. Her forthcoming book entitled Leavened will be published in November 2014. Her work has been published in numerous journals including Cimarron Review, L.A. Review, and South Carolina Review. She holds an MFA in Poetry and a Ph.D. in psychology and maintains a mindfulness based therapy practice in Wyncote, PA.

Lara Adams Gaydos  -  Wednesday, May 7, 7:30 pm, Fireside Lounge

Lara Adams Gaydos‌The reading takes place at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 7, in the Fireside Lounge, Rollins Center, Newtown Campus.  Admission is free and open to the public.

Lara Adams Gaydos was born and raised in central and northern New Jersey. After graduating from Rutgers University in 1994, she moved out west where she lived and traveled for many years, mostly in Colorado. While living in Colorado Springs, she met a small group of poets who encouraged her to begin writing. She joined Poetry West, the local poetry society, and attended a variety of workshops, retreats and readings. In 2007, she returned to the east coast, settling in Chalfont, Pennsylvania, where she continues to write, teach, and connect with local poets. After placing as a runner-up for three years, she was named the Bucks County Poet Laureate in 2012. Her poetry has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and has appeared in U.S. 1 Worksheets, Slant, the Schuylkill Valley Journal, and the anthology Poems from the Baca Grande. Her chapbook, Things That Were Only Briefly the Truth, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2014.