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.

Anne Marie Macari  -  Friday, Mar. 27, 7:30 pm, Orangery

Anne Marie MacariThe reading takes place at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 27, in The Orangery, Newtown Campus.  Admission is free and open to the public.

Anne Marie Macari is the author of four books of poetry, including Red Deer (Persea Books, 2015) and She Heads Into the Wilderness (Autumn House, 2008).  In 2000 Macari won the APR/Honickman first book prize for Ivory Cradle, which was followed by Gloryland (Alice James Books, 2005).  She has also coedited, with Carey Salerno, Lit From Inside: 40 Years of Poetry From Alice James Books.  She teaches in the Drew University MFA Program in Poetry & Poetry in Translation.

Free and open to campus and community. For more information contact ethel.rackin@bucks.edu or 215-497-8719.  Sponsored by BCCC Cultural Programming Committee and Cultural Task Force.

Jane Mead  -  Friday, Mar. 27, 7:30 pm, Orangery

Jane MeadThe reading takes place at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 27, in The Orangery, Newtown Campus.  Admission is free and open to the public.

Jane Mead is the author of four collections of poetry, most recently Money Money Money /Water Water Water from Alice James Books (2014). She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, a Completion Grant from the Lannan Foundation and a Whiting Writerís Award. She teaches in the low residency MFA program at Drew University and farms in Northern California.

Free and open to campus and community. For more information contact ethel.rackin@bucks.edu or 215-497-8719.  Sponsored by BCCC Cultural Programming Committee and Cultural Task Force

Phyllis Purscell  -  Friday, Apr. 24, 7:30 pm, Orangery

Phyllis PurscellThe reading takes place at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 24, in The Orangery, Newtown Campus.  Admission is free and open to the public.

Phyllis Purscell spent most of her writing life as a playwright. She was a member of the Women’s Project in New York City, and her play “Separate Ceremonies” was published in their first anthology. She had a several years’ long involvement with the Princeton Rep Company, and has had plays produced in regional theaters across the country. In the past five years she has been grateful to find herself in the company of poets via Chris Bursk’s Spring Workshop at Bucks County Community College.

Free and open to campus and community. For more information contact ethel.rackin@bucks.edu or 215-497-8719.  Sponsored by BCCC Cultural Programming Committee and Cultural Task Force

Chris Bursk  -  Friday, Apr. 24, 7:30 pm, Orangery

Unthrify Loveliness - Poems by Chris BurskThe reading takes place at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 24, in The Orangery, Newtown Campus.  Admission is free and open to the public.

Chris Bursk is the author of thirteen books, including Unthrifty Loveliness, Selected Poems (FutureCycle Press) Ovid at Fifteen from New Issues Press (winner of the Green Rose Prize), The Improbable Swervings of Atoms from University of Pittsburgh Press (winner of Donald Hall Prize in Poetry from AWP and the Milton Kessler Prize), and The First Inhabitants of Arcadia from the University of Arkansas Press (winner of the Patterson Prize). In addition to having worked as a volunteer for three decades in the corrections system, with those on probation and parole, he teaches at Bucks County Community College. His poems have earned the Another Chicago Magazine Award, the 49th Parallel Award from Bellingham Review, the New Letters Prize in Poetry, and the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Award. He is most importantly the grandfather of six.

Free and open to campus and community. For more information contact ethel.rackin@bucks.edu or 215-497-8719.  Sponsored by BCCC Cultural Programming Committee and Cultural Task Force

 

Alumni Reading  -  Wednesday, May 6, 7:00 pm, Orangery

Herb and Pam Perkins-Frederick‌Alumni/Alumnae Reading to Honor Herb Perkins-Frederick

The reading takes place at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 6, in The Orangery, Newtown Campus.  Admission is free and open to the public.

Bucks has a long history of encouraging the written word. We will celebrate some of the alumni writers of the College. Honoring one of our most courageous poets, Herb Perkins-Frederick. Introduction of the Bucks County Muse Award sponsored by the Poet Laureate Program (a recognition of poets who have enriched the life of poetry in Bucks County: Gloria DelVecchio, Patricia Celley Groth, Robert Fraser, and Herb Perkins-Frederick)

Free and open to campus and community. If you are a Bucks alumni author and would like to participate in this event, please contact Dr. Chris Bursk at 215-968-8156. Sponsored by BCCC Cultural Programming Committee and Cultural Task Force.

Book Fair  -  Saturday, May 16, 10 am to 3 pm, Gallagher Room

Book Fair1st Annual Pamela Perkins-Frederick Book Fair

The book fair takes place from 10am to 3pm Saturday, May 16, in The Gallagher Room, Rollins Student Center, Newtown Campus.  Admission is free and open to the public.

The Written Word is Alive and Flourishing in Bucks County!  A memorial tribute to Pamela-Perkins-Frederick, the 1984 Bucks County Poet Laureate. Her love of books was as deep as her love of Bucks County; its birdsong, streams, rocks, leaves and friends.

• Local authors reading from their books
• Open readings for those interested in sharing a few pages
• Books for purchase from local authors
• Workshop for those interested in getting feedback on their poems
• Come for the day or part of the day. Bring your own lunch.

Free and open to campus and community. Authors interested in displaying and selling their books (free of charge) are invited to contact Dr. Chris Bursk at 215-968-8156. Sponsored by the Wordsmiths' Reading Series at Bucks. For those interested in the poetry workshop, contact Dr. Bursk in advance.