October 16, 2013

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By Kathryn Kopchik

Marilyn Hacker: photo by Margaretta MitchellLEWISBURG, Pa. — Marilyn Hacker is the 2013-14 Sandra and Gary Sojka Visiting Poet at Bucknell University.

Hacker will give a poetry reading Tuesday, Oct. 22, at 7 p.m. in the Stadler Center for Poetry in Bucknell Hall. A reception and book-signing will follow.

Earlier that day, she will participate in a conversation and Q&A with Shara McCallum, director of the Stadler Center for Poetry, at noon in Walls Lounge of the Elaine Langone Center.

Both events are free and open to the public.

Hacker is the author of 12 books of poems, including Names (2010) and Essays on Departure (2006), and the essay collection Unauthorized Voices (2010). Her 13 volumes of translations from the French include Marie Etienne's King of a Hundred Horsemen (2008) , which received the 2009 American PEN Award for Poetry in Translation, Hédi Kaddour's Treason (2010) and Rachida Madani's Tales of a Severed Head (2012).

For her own work, she has received the National Book Award, two Lambda Literary Awards, the Academy of American Poets' Lenore Marshall Prize, an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the American PEN Voelcker Award for poetry, and the Argana International Prize from Morocco's Bayt as-Sh'ir / House of Poetry for 2011. She is a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. She lives in Paris.

Poet Jan Heller Levi writes of Hacker, "I think of her magnificent virtuosity in the face of all the strictures to be silent, to name her fears and her desires, and in the process, to name ours. Let's face it, no one writes about lust and lunch like Marilyn Hacker. No one can jump around in two, sometimes even three, languages and come up with poems that speak for those of us who sometimes barely think we can even communicate in one."

The Sandra and Gary Sojka Visiting Poet Series was established in 1995 through the generosity of Gary Sojka, who served as president of Bucknell University from 1985-1995, and his wife, Sandra.

For more information on the series and programs of the Stadler Center for Poetry, visit bucknell.edu/stadlercenter, email stadlercenter@bucknell.edu or call 570-577-1853.