February 23, 2012


By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Bucknell University's 10th Annual Drew Darrow Memorial Poetry Reading will be presented by Stacey Waite on Tuesday, March 6, at 5 p.m. in the Stadler Center for Poetry, Bucknell Hall.

A 1999 graduate of Bucknell, Waite received an M.F.A. in poetry in 2002 and a Ph.D. in Composition and Pedagogy in 2011 from the University of Pittsburgh. Waite is assistant professor of English at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.

Waite has published three collections of poems: Choke, winner of the 2004 Frank O'Hara Prize; Love Poem to Androgyny, winner of the 2006 Main Street Rag Chapbook Competition; and the lake has no saint, winner of the 2008 Snowbound Prize from Tupelo Press.

Waite's poems have been published most recently in The Cream City Review, Interim, and Black Warrior Review. Waite's first full-length collection, Butch Geography, is forthcoming from Tupelo Press in 2013.

Waite's other honors include an Andrew Mellon Dissertation Fellowship Award, the Elizabeth Baranger Excellence in Teaching Award, two Pushcart Prize nominations, and a National Society of Arts & Letters Poetry Prize. Waite also has published essays on the teaching of writing in Writing on the Edge, Reader and Feminist Teacher.

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.

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.

Waite also will participate in a Writers at Work session on Monday, March 5, at 4 p.m. in Room 200G, Roberts Hall. Sponsored by the Writing Center, the Writers at Work series facilitates informal conversation between writers and interested members of the campus community and the public. Beverages and snacks will be provided.

For more information about these events, visit http://www.bucknell.edu/x70559.xml or call the Writing Center at 577-3141.

Contact: Division of Communications
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