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Jan. 20, 2005

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Michael Waters, poet-in-residence for the spring semester at Bucknell University, will give a reading Wednesday, Feb. 2, at 7 p.m. in Bucknell Hall. The reading is open to the public without charge.

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., Waters is known not only for his own poetry but for his contributions as an editor, translator and teacher of the art. His recent books include Parthenopi: New and Selected Poems. His work also has appeared in numerous journals, including Yale Review, American Poetry Review, Rolling Stone, Gettysburg Review and North American Review.

Critic Floyd Collins wrote in Gettysburg Review: "I cannot call to mind anyone of Waters' generation who is currently writing better poetry."

In addition to his own work, Waters has edited several volumes, including Contemporary American Poetry (with the late A. Poulin Jr.) and Perfect in Their Art: Poems on Boxing from Homer to Ali. He also co-translated Death Searches for You a Second Time by Romanian poet Carmelia Leonte.

Waters did his undergraduate and graduate studies at SUNY-Brockport and also studied at the University of Nottingham and the University of Iowa. He earned a doctorate from Ohio University.

Professor of English at Salisbury (Md.) University, he also teaches in the New England College MFA Program in Poetry and several summer programs, including the Catskill Poetry Workshop, the Writers' Center at Chautauqua, and the Prague Seminars.

"Bucknell University and the Stadler Center are honored to welcome this internationally renowned poet, " said Shara McCallum, director of Bucknell's Stadler Center for Poetry.

During his residency, Waters will teach a poetry workshop for Bucknell students and offer other events open to the general campus community. He will conduct a lecture on "The Bicycle and the Soul" Wednesday, March 23, at 4 p.m. in Smith Library in Vaughan Literature Building.

For more information, call 570-577-1853,visit or email


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