April 20, 2005


LEWISBURG, Pa. — Author Robert Love Taylor, professor of English at Bucknell, will give a fiction reading Wednesday, April 27, at 7 p.m. in Bucknell Hall at Bucknell University.

The reading, which is free to the public, is sponsored by the Stadler Center for Poetry.

Taylor is the author of the novels The Lost Sister, Fiddle and Bow, Lady of Spain and Loving Belle Star as well as more than 70 short stories published in magazines and journals. The Lost Sister received the Oklahoma Book Award in Fiction in 1989; Lady of Spain was a finalist for the same award in 1992.

His stories also have appeared in many collections including Best American Short Stories and New Stories from the South as well as the Pushcart and the O. Henry anthologies.

Taylor, who will retire from his 33-year teaching career at Bucknell later this spring, is co-founder (with Karl Patten, Bucknell professor emeritus of English) and co-editor of West Branch, Bucknell's professional literary journal.

He also served as co-founder and co-director of the annual Bucknell Poetry Festival and a Senior Fellow with the arts residential college at Bucknell.

A graduate of The University of Oklahoma, Taylor holds his master's and doctoral degrees from Ohio University. Prior to joining the faculty at Bucknell in 1972, he taught at South Division High School, Willows High School, Ohio University and the University of Tennessee.

Honors received include the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching and the Presidential Professorship, both from Bucknell; several Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowships in Literature; and an NDEA Fellowship.

Taylor also is a fiddler in Back Up and Push, first-place winner in the old-time band competition at the New Jersey Folk Festival. The band plays old-time fiddle tunes, honky-tonk, blues, early country and some originals for square dances, contradances, coffee houses, festivals and weddings.

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