TONIGHT: Three Local Poets Launch New Books with Free Reading

Deda Kavanagh, Sandra Becker, and James Freeman read from their works at 7:30 p.m. at Newtown, part of the Wordsmiths Reading Series.

As part of its ongoing Wordsmiths Reading Series, Bucks County Community College presents a trio of local poets who have each published new books. The free reading, featuring Deda Kavanagh, Sandra Becker, and James Freeman, takes place at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 11, on the college’s Newtown campus.

‌Kavanagh (left), a former Bucks County Community College student and avid bicyclist, will read from Bicycle Through a Covered Bridge (Finishing Line Press, 2013). Christopher Bursk, author of Improbable Swervings of Atoms, writes of Kavanagh’s book: “Sometimes we’re plunging forward in high gear, sometimes lollygagging in low, but always alert and adventurous. … This is a ride from which we come back refreshed and restored, smarter and braver than when we started.”

Becker (right), who was a runner-up in the 2013 Bucks County Poet Laureate contest, will read from Imperfect Matter (Wordtech Communications, 2013). She’s also written two previous books, Foreign Bodies, winner of the Carolina Wren Prize; and At the Well of Flowers, published by the Virtual Arts Collective.   

Freeman (left), a Bucks County Community College professor, has written 18 books of both poetry and fiction. He’ll be reading from Temporary Roses Dipped in Liquid Gold (Finishing Line Press, 2013), his most recent poetry collection. Freeman’s most recent prose work is Irish Wake: In Loving Memory of Us All. His other works include Ishi’s Journey: From to the Center of the Edge of the World and Never the Same River Twice.  

The reading takes place in the Fireside Lounge, located in the lower level of the Rollins Center on the campus at 275 Swamp Rd., Newtown, Pa., 18940. Admission and parking are free. For more information, contact Dr. Christopher Bursk at 215-968-8156 or

The Wordsmiths Reading Series is another way that Bucks County Community College contributes to the cultural heritage of the region. The free 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 or visit

Jean Dolan
Assistant Director, Public Relations