By Kathryn Kopchik
LEWISBURG, Pa. — Poets Nicole Cooley and Michaela Moscaliuc will give a reading of their works on Tuesday, Feb. 8, at 7 p.m. in the Stadler Center for Poetry in Bucknell Hall at Bucknell University. The reading is free and open to the public.
A native of New Orleans, Cooley is most recently the author of Breech, a book of poems about Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath, and Milk Dress, co-winner of the Kinereth Gensler Award from Alice James Books. Both appeared in 2010. She has published two other books of poems and a novel.
Cooley has been awarded the Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets for her first book, Resurrection, a "Discovery"/Nation Award, and the Emily Dickinson Award from the Poetry Society of America. She directs the new M.F.A. Program in Creative Writing and Literary Translation at Queens College-City University of New York, where she is a professor of English. Cooley taught at Bucknell from 1998 to 1999.
Her scholarly work includes editing the "Mother" issue of the journal, Women's Studies Quarterly, as well as essays in American Poet, Women's Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, The American Poetry Review, Pedagogy: Critical Approaches to Teaching Literature, Language, Composition and Culture as well as in the edited collections, Devouring Institutions: The Life Work of Kathy Acker and We Who Love to Be Astonished: Innovative Women Writers and Performance Artists. Her non-fiction essays appear in Toddler, The Best of Literary Mama, and Mama Ph.D.: Women Write about Motherhood and Academic Life.
Born and raised in Romania, Moscaliuc came to the United States in 1996 to complete graduate work in American literature. She received an M.A. from Salisbury University, an M.F.A. in poetry from New England College, and a Ph.D. in American Literature from the University of Maryland.
Her poetry collection, Father Dirt (winner of the Kinereth Gensler Award), appeared from Alice James Books in 2010, and her co-translation of Carmelia Leonte's Death Searches for You a Second Time was published by Red Dragonfly Press in 2003.
She has lectured on Eastern European American immigration literature, Roma/Gypsy culture, the work of Paul Celan, and translation theory at universities in the U.S. and in Europe.
Her translations of Romanian poetry appear in Arts & Letters, Mississippi Review, Connecticut Review, America, Absinthe and Mid-American Review. She has published poems, reviews and articles in The Georgia Review, Prairie Schooner, TriQuarterly, New Letters, Poetry International, Pleiades, Interculturality and Translation, Soundings and Orient and Orientalisms in American Poetry and Poetics (Frankfurt: Lang, 2009).
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