January 15, 2008

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LEWISBURG, Pa. — James Harms, poet-in-residence for the spring semester at Bucknell University, will give a reading of his works Tuesday, Jan. 22, at 7 p.m. in Bucknell Hall. The reading, which is open to the public without charge, will be followed by a book signing.

Harms is the director of the MFA program in creative writing at West Virginia University as well as  the West Virginia Writers' Workshop.

"We are delighted to welcome Jim back to the Stadler Center," said Shara McCallum, assistant professor of English and director of the Stadler Center for Poetry at Bucknell.

"Two summers ago he taught in the Bucknell Seminar for Younger Poets. We are pleased that he has been able to return to campus for the entire spring semester as this year's Poet in Residence.

"Jim is a highly accomplished poet and stellar teacher. The students who work with him in class this semester and all of us in the larger Bucknell community are fortunate to have him here," she said.

Harms is the author of five collections of poetry: Modern Ocean, The Joy Addict, Quarters, Freeways and Aqueducts, and After West, all from Carnegie Mellon University Press. He is the recipient of numerous awards including an NEA Fellowship, the PEN/Revson Foundation Fellowship, an Academy of American Poets Prize, and three Pushcart Prizes.

His poems, essays and short stories have appeared in Poetry, The Kenyon Review, The Antioch Review, Denver Quarterly, The Gettysburg Review, TriQuarterly, Ploughshares, The American Poetry Review, Verse, The North American Review, Oxford American and many other literary journals; in addition, he is a contributing editor of West Branch,  Bucknell's national journal of poetry, fiction, essays, and reviews.

He has held residencies at MacDowell Writers' Colony, Yaddo and Bread Loaf, and has received grants from the West Virginia and Pennsylvania state arts agencies.

Since arriving at West Virginia University, Harms has been named a Benedum Distinguished Scholar, The Eberly College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Teacher, The Eberly College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Researcher (twice), and The Carnegie Foundation/CASE United States Teacher of the Year for West Virginia.

The poet-in-residence program at Bucknell University's Stadler Center for Poetry, was established in 1981. The program brings a poet of national or international renown for a semester-long residence each spring. The poet-in-residence presents a reading, teaches a class in the Bucknell department of English, and serves as an artistic presence on campus.

For more information about the Stadler Center for Poetry and its programs, visit http://www.bucknell.edu/x20382.xml

Contact: Office of Communications

Posted Jan. 15, 2008


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