March 23, 2006

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Christopher Southgate will give a poetry reading March 29 at 7:30 p.m. in Bucknell Hall at Bucknell University.

"Southgate, who has read his poetry at many American and British universities (including Bucknell) and at the Edinburgh Fringe festival, is an exciting voice in contemporary English poetry," said John Rickard, professor of English at Bucknell.

English poet Anne Stevenson has written that, "It is Southgate's passion, his poetry's uncompromising quest for love at any cost, that brings to mind the poetry of George Herbert."

Southgate, who began his professional life as a research biochemist, also is a lay Anglican minister affiliated with the Chaplaincy at the University of Exeter, where he has been an honorary part-time lecturer in the department of theology since 1996.

His most recent books include Beyond the Bitter Wind: Poems 1982-2000, and Easing the Gravity Field: Poems of Science and Love.

Southgate also has edited the popular textbook, God, Humanity and the Cosmos. A course he teaches at Exeter based on this book won a Templeton Foundation Award for a Course in Science and Religion in 1996.

The reading, which is free to the public, is sponsored by the Bucknell English department.

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Story posted March 22, 2006

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