LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Stadler Center for Poetry at Bucknell University will host a visit by the Wave Books Poetry Bus Thursday, Sept. 21, from 6 to 8 p.m. in Bucknell Hall.

The event, which is free to the public, will feature a poetry reading by 'bus poets' as well as selected local poets and audience members. Readers will include Wave Books coeditors Joshua Beckman and Matthew Zapruder, former Bucknell poet-in-residence Bruce Smith, English professor Paula Closson Buck, Stadler Fellow Betsy Wheeler, and many others.

Stopping at 50 cities in 50 days, the 2006 Poetry Bus Tour is sponsored by Seattle-based independent press Wave Books. Beginning Sept. 4 and ending Oct. 27, more than 100 poets, along with musicians, filmmakers and journalists, will participate as the bus traverses North America, bringing innovative poetry to big cities and small towns across the U.S. and Canada. The tour's online diary is at www.poetrybus.com/.

For more information call the Stadler Center for Poetry at 570-577-1853, or see www.bucknell.edu/stadlercenter

Wheeler's poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Journal, No Tell Motel, Painted Bride Quarterly, Pindeldyboz, Avatar Review, Caffeine Destiny, Octopus, GutCult, Can We Have Our Ball Back, Brooklyn Review, and Bedside Guide to No Tell Motel. She is co-editor of Pilot.

Smith, who graduated from Bucknell in 1968, is the author of five books of poems, most recently, Songs for Two Voices.  Poems in this collection have appeared in The Best American Poetry. His fourth book, The Other Lover was a finalist for both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize.  His poems have appeared in Poetry, The Nation, The New Republic, The Paris Review, The Partisan Review, The American Boston Review, and Newsday.  He has been a recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship as well as twice receiving grants from the National Endowment of the Arts and the Massachusetts Foundation for the Arts.

Closson Buck is the author of two books of poems, The Acquiescent Villa and Dogs at the Temple as well as poems in such journals as Antioch Review, Denver Quarterly, Gettysburg Review, Ohio Review, and Shenandoah.  She has recently completed a first novel, Hunger & Thirst. Associate professor of English at Bucknell and assistant director of the Stadler Center, she is editor of West Branch, a biannual journal of contemporary writing published at Bucknell.

In a related event, poet Matthew Zapruder will participate in the Writers at Work series of discussions Friday, Sept. 22, at noon in Roberts 200G. Sponsored by the Writing Center, the series facilitates informal conversation between writers and interested members of the campus community.

Posted Sept. 15, 2006

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