October 25, 2007


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LEWISBURG, Pa. — Poet Robin Becker will visit Bucknell University as the 13th annual Sandra and Gary Sojka Visiting Poet .

Becker will read from her works Tuesday, Nov. 6, at 7 p.m. in Bucknell Hall. She also will participate in a question-and-answer session Nov. 6 at 4 p.m.  in the Smith Library in Vaughan Literature Building. Both events, which are hosted by the Stadler Center for Poetry at Bucknell, are free to the public.

Six poetry collections

Professor of English and women's studies at Pennsylvania State University, Becker is the author of six collections of poetry, including The Horse Fair (2000), All-American Girl (1996), Giacometti’s Dog (1990) and, most recently, Domain of Perfect Affection (2006).

In 2002, the Frick Art and Historical Center in Pittsburgh published Venetian Blue, a limited edition chapbook of Becker's art poems.

She has received fellowships from the Bunting Institute, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as the George Atherton Teaching Award from Penn State.

In addition to teaching, Becker serves as poetry reviewer and columnist for The Women's Review of Books. She lives in Boalsburg.

Sojka Series

The Sojka Series was established in 1995 through the generosity of Gary Sojka, who served as president of Bucknell from 1984 to 1995, 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 and meets informally with those interested in the writing of poetry.

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

Contact: Office of Communications

Posted Oct. 25, 2007

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