November 10, 2008

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LEWISBURG, Pa. — Oni Buchanan will give the Seventh Annual Drew Darrow Memorial Reading on Tuesday, Nov. 18, at 7 p.m. in Bucknell Hall at Bucknell University.

The reading, which is open to the public, is co-sponsored by the Writing Center and the Stadler Center for Poetry, with support from Drew Darrow's family and friends. A reception and book-signing will follow the reading.

Award-winning poet
Buchanan's first book of poems, What Animal, won the University of Georgia Press Contemporary Poetry Series competition and was published in 2003. Her second poetry book, Spring, was selected by Mark Doty as a winner of the 2007 National Poetry Series Open Competition and was published by the University of Illinois Press in September 2008.

Her poems are featured in several anthologies including The Best American Poetry 2004 and Legitimate Dangers: American Poets of the New Century, and have been published in numerous journals, including Conduit, Seneca Review, and Gulf Coast.

Noted young pianist
The recipient of a master's degree in piano performance from the New England Conservatory of Music, she also holds a B.A. in English and music from the University of Virginia and an M.F.A. in poetry from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

A Flash version of her kinetic poem "The Mandrake Vehicles" is on permanent display at the Conduit website. She is at work on two other motion- and technology-driven poem projects. She lives in Boston, where she maintains a private piano teaching studio.

The Drew Darrow Memorial Reading Series honors the memory of Drew Darrow, a 1986 Bucknell graduate. A student employee of Bucknell's Writing Center, Darrow later worked as an actor in New York City. He died in 1997.

For more information about this event, call the Writing Center at 577-3141.

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