September 22, 2009

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Poet Baron Wormser will visit Bucknell University as the 15th annual Sandra and Gary Sojka Visiting Poet.

Wormser will read from his works Tuesday, Oct. 6, at 7 p.m. in Bucknell Hall. He also will participate in a question-and-answer session Oct. 6 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.

"The Stadler Center is delighted to welcome Baron Wormser to Bucknell and to the Lewisburg area," said Stadler Center director Shara McCallum.

Seven books of poetry
Wormser is the author of seven books of poetry, most recently Scattered Chapters (Sarabande), a volume of new and selected poems. He also has authored two books on teaching poetry, a collection of short stories, and the nonfiction work The Road Washes Out: A Poet's Memoir of Living off the Grid (University Press of New England), which has gone through four printings.

Director of the Frost Place Conference on Poetry and Teaching in Franconia, N.H., he teaches in the Stonecoast and the Fairfield University M.F.A. programs.

Poet Laureate of Maine from 2000 to 2005, Wormser has received the Frederick Bock Prize from Poetry and the Kathryn A. Morton Prize along with fellowships from Bread Loaf, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

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 Wormser's visit to Bucknell, contact the Stadler Center for Poetry at 570-577-1853 or visit

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