September 15, 2008

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LEWISBURG, Pa. — Poet Adam Zagajewski will visit Bucknell University as the 14th annual Sandra and Gary Sojka Visiting Poet.

Zagajewski will read from his works Tuesday, Sept. 23, at 7 p.m. in Bucknell Hall. He also will participate in a question-and-answer session Sept. 23 at 4 p.m. in the Smith Library in the Vaughan Literature Building. Both events, which are hosted by the Stadler Center for Poetry at Bucknell, are free to the public.

A poet, essayist and memoirist, Zagajewski is considered one of the most well-known and highly regarded contemporary Polish poets.

"The Stadler Center is delighted to welcome a writer of Zagajewski's stature to Bucknell and to the Lewisburg area," said Stadler Center director Shara McCallum.

"Mr. Zagajewski writes in Polish and will read his poems translated into English. Even in translation, his poems are lyrical, approaching the quality of song. They praise the life and spirit of the individual against the darker forces of 20th-century Europe, which includes genocide, fascism and war."

Polish New Wave
A native of Lvov, he was a major figure in the Polish New Wave literary movement of the 1970s and in the anti-Communist Solidarity Movement of the 1980s.

His poems and essays have been translated into many languages. His most recent books in English are Eternal Enemies and Without End: New and Selected Poems. Among his honors and awards are a fellowship from the Berliner Kunstlerprogramm, the Kurt Tucholsky Prize, a Prix de la Liberté, and a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Zagajewski is a member of the faculty at the University of Chicago and spends part of the year in Krakow, Poland.

Sandra and Gary Sojka Series
The Sojka Series was established in 1995 through the generosity of Gary Sojka, who served as president of Bucknell from 1984 to 1995, and his wife, Sandra. The series consists of a short visit by a distinguished poet each fall. While on campus, the poet gives a reading and meets informally with those interested in the writing of poetry.

For more information about Becker's visit to Bucknell, contact the Stadler Center for Poetry at 570-577-1853 or visit

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