September 20, 2011


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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Shara McCallum will give a poetry reading Tuesday, Sept. 27, at 7 p.m. in the Stadler Center for Poetry in Bucknell Hall at Bucknell University. [note change in date of this event]

The reading, which is free and open to the public, marks the release of two new books by McCallum: This Strange Land and The Face of Water: New and Selected Poems.

Director of the Stadler Center for Poetry, McCallum is an associate professor of English at Bucknell.

She is the author of three individual collections of poetry: This Strange Land (2011), Song of Thieves (2003), and The Water Between Us (1999). A fourth book, The Face of Water: New and Selected Poems, was published this year in the United Kingdom.

Her poems have been published in magazines in the United States, the United Kingdom, the Caribbean, Latin America and Israel. Her personal essays have appeared in Antioch Review, Creative Nonfiction, Witness, and elsewhere.

McCallum has received awards, grants, and fellowships from the NEA, Cave Canem, the Tennessee Arts Commission, the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund and the Sewanee Writers' Conference. She is a recipient of the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize and an Academy of American Poets Prize.

She has taught at the University of Memphis, the Stonecoast MFA program at the University of Maine, and widely at workshops and conferences. She is originally from Kingston, Jamaica.

Contact: Division of Communications

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