Wordsmiths Reading Series Presents Poets McClung and Levin

Free reading Oct. 11 features a Bucks County Community College alumna and a former Bucks County Poet Laureate.

The Wordsmiths Reading Series at Bucks County Community College presents alumna Laren McClung and former Bucks County Poet Laureate Lynn Levin at 7:30 p.m. Friday October 11 on the Newtown campus.  

‌McClung (pictured, right), who attended Bucks for two years in the 1990s and went on to earn an MFA in creative writing from New York University, is the author of Between Here and Monkey Mountain (2012, Sheep Meadow Press). Her work has appeared in The Massachusetts Review, The American Reader, PN Review, and elsewhere. She has led writing workshops with residents at Goldwater Hospital on Roosevelt Island, and with veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. She is co-editor of the anthology Inheriting the War and currently teaches in New York City.

Levin (pictured, left), a poet, writer, and translator, is the author of four collections of poems: Miss Plastique (Ragged Sky Press, 2013), Fair Creatures of an Hour (Loonfeather Press, 2009), Imaginarium (Loonfeather Press, 2005), and A Few Questions about Paradise (Loonfeather Press, 2000). She also co-authored with Valerie Fox Poems for the Writing: Prompts for Poets (Texture Press, 2013).

Levin’s poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Boulevard, The Hopkins Review, Washington Square Review, Verse Daily, and on Garrison Keillor’s National Public Radio show The Writer’s Almanac. She is currently involved in translating the work of Odi Gonzales, a Peruvian Andean poet. Levin teaches at Drexel University and the University of Pennsylvania. She was the 1999 Bucks County Poet Laureate.

The reading, which is free and open to the public, takes place in the Orangery on campus at 275 Swamp Rd., Newtown, Pa.  For more information, contact Dr. Christopher Bursk at 215-968-8156.

The Wordsmiths Reading Series is another way that Bucks County Community College contributes to the cultural heritage of the region.  The series is sponsored by college’s Cultural Task Force, Cultural Programming Committee, and the Language and Literature Department. For more information, contact the department at 215-968-8150 or visit www.bucks.edu/cultural.

Jean Dolan
Assistant Director, Public Relations