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Oct. 12, 2004

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Poet Elizabeth Alexander will visit Bucknell University as featured writer in the 10th annual Sandra and Gary Sojka Visiting Poet Series hosted by the Stadler Center for Poetry at Bucknell.

As part of the residency, Alexander will give the lecture, "The Black Interior," Wednesday, Oct. 20, at 4 p.m. in Bucknell Hall.

She will read from her works Wednesday, Oct. 20, at 7 p.m. in Bucknell Hall. Both the lecture and the reading are open to the public without charge.

She also will participate in an open class discussion about writing and poetic inspiration Thursday, Oct. 21, at 11 a.m. in the Smith Library, Vaughan Literature Building. Seating is limited so interested persons should arrive early.

Professor of English and African American studies at Yale, Alexander is the author of three collections of poetry including the most recent, Antebellum Dream Book, and a collection of essays, The Black Interior.

Born in Harlem, Alexander grew up in Washington, D.C., receiving her degrees from Yale and Boston universities and the University of Pennsylvania. Her poems, short stories and critical writing have appeared in such publications as The Paris Review, American Poetry Review, The Village Voice, The Women's Review of Books and The Washington Post.

She is the recipient of numerous honors and awards including a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a Pushcart Prize and the George Kent Award, given by Gwendolyn Brooks.

She has taught at Haverford College, the University of Chicago, the University of Pennsylvania, and Smith College, where she was first director of the Poetry Center.

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.


Additional support for this residency is courtesy of the Bucknell Association for the Arts and the Office of Academic Affairs.


For more information about Alexander's visit to Bucknell, contact the Stadler Center for Poetry at 570-577-1853 or see 


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