March 04, 2013

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Poet Betsy Wheeler will give the 11th annual Drew Darrow Memorial Poetry Reading Tuesday, March 19, at 7 p.m. in Bucknell Hall at Bucknell University.

This reading, which is free and open to the public, is co-sponsored by the Writing Center and the Stadler Center for Poetry, with support from Drew Darrow's family and friends. A reception and book signing will follow the reading.

Wheeler is managing director for the Juniper Summer Writing Institute at UMass, Amherst and is editor and publisher of Pilot Books, a poetry micro-press.

Her poems have appeared in Bat City Review, The Journal, Pebble Lake Review, Forklift Ohio, Octopus, and elsewhere. Her chapbook, Start Here, is available from Small Anchor Press.

Her book, Loud Dreaming in a Quiet Room, was published in 2012 by the National Poetry Review Press.

Originally from the Upper Mississippi River Valley, Wheeler studied poetry and the art of the book at the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse where she was a Maple House Fellow for Sutton Hoo Press.

After a brief stint working in the publishing industry in Minnesota's Twin Cities, she went on to receive her MFA in poetry from The Ohio State University. From 2006-08 she held the Stadler Fellowship at Bucknell University.

This Memorial Reading Series honors the memory of Drew Darrow, a 1986 Bucknell graduate. A student employee of Bucknell's Writing Center, Darrow later worked as an actor in New York City. He died in 1997.

For more information about this event, visit or call the Writing Center at 570-577-3141.

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