By Kathryn Kopchik
LEWISBURG, Pa. — Poets G.C. Waldrep and John Gallaher will give a joint poetry reading Tuesday, April 5, at 7 p.m. in the Stadler Center for Poetry in Bucknell Hall at Bucknell University.
The reading, which is free and open to the public, celebrates the release of their collaborative book of poetry, Your Father on the Train of Ghosts.
The book's publisher, BOA Editions, called the collaboration "one of the most extensive collaborations in American poetry. Over the course of a year, acclaimed poets G.C. Waldrep and John Gallaher wrote poems back and forth, sometimes once or twice a week, sometimes five or six a day. As the collaboration deepened, a third 'voice' emerged that neither poet can claim as solely his own."
An assistant professor of English at Bucknell, Waldrep is the author of Goldbeater's Skin, winner of the 2003 Colorado Prize for Poetry; Disclamor; Archicembalo, winner of the Dorset Prize from Tupelo Press; and a work of nonfiction, Southern Workers and the Search for Community.
His work has received awards from the Poetry Society of America, the Academy of American Poets, the Campbell Corner Foundation, and the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference. He held a 2007 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Literature.
At Bucknell, he teaches creative writing and directs the Bucknell Seminar for Younger Poets. He also serves as editor-at-large for The Kenyon Review.
An assistant professor of English at Northwest Missouri State University, Gallaher is the author of three books of poetry: Gentlemen in Turbans, Ladies in Cauls; The Little Book of Guesses, winner of the Levis Poetry Prize from Four Way Books; and Map of the Folded World.
His free online chapbook, "Guidebook," is available from Blue Hour Press. He is co-editor of The Laurel Review and Green Tower Press.
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