October 15, 2005

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Poet Philip Appleman will visit Bucknell University as a featured writer in the annual Sandra and Gary Sojka Visiting Poet Series hosted by the Stadler Center for Poetry at Bucknell.

He will read from his works Wednesday, Oct. 19, at 7 p.m. in Bucknell Hall. The reading is open to the public without charge.

Appleman has published seven volumes of poetry including the most recent, New and Selected Poems, 1956-1996; three novels, including Apes and Angels; and half a dozen nonfiction books, including the widely used Norton Critical Edition, Darwin.

His poetry and fiction have won many awards, including a fellowship in poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Castagnola Award from the Poetry Society of America, the Friend of Darwin Award from the National Center for Science Education, and the Humanist Arts Award of the American Humanist Association.

His works have appeared in such publications as Harper's Magazine, The Nation, New Republic, New York Times, Paris Review, Partisan Review, Poetry, Sewanee Review, and Yale Review.

He has given readings at the Library of Congress, the Guggenheim Museum, the Huntington Library, and many universities. He is Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the department of English at Indiana University.

The Sojka Series was established in 1995 through the generosity of Gary Sojka, who served as president of Bucknell 1985-95, and his wife, Sandra. The series consists of a short visit by a distinguished poet each fall. While on campus, the poet gives a reading, visits a poetry workshop and meets informally with those interested in the writing of poetry.

For more information about Appleman's visit to Bucknell, contact the Stadler Center for Poetry at 570-577-1853 or see http://www.bucknell.edu/stadlercenter/

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