February 16, 2010

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Poet Michael Blumenthal will give a reading of his works on Tuesday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m. in the Stadler Center for Poetry in Bucknell Hall at Bucknell University.

The reading, which is free and open to the public, is held in honor of Leo Francis Mackey and is being sponsored by Kyna and Pete Mackey, vice president for communications at Bucknell. Their infant son Leo passed away in April 2009.

Noted author
Blumenthal is the author of seven collections of poetry, including his most recent, And (BOA Editions, 2009); the memoir All My Mothers and Fathers (Harper Collins, 2002) and many other works.

His novel Weinstock Among The Dying (Pleasure Boat Studio), which won Hadassah Magazine's Harold U. Ribelow Prize for the best work of Jewish fiction, has recently been re-issued in paperback.

His collection of essays from Central Europe, When History Enters the House (Pleasure Boat Studio), was published in 1998.

A frequent translator from the German, French and Hungarian, he practices psychotherapy with Anglophone expatriates in Budapest and spends summers at his house in a small village near the shores of Lake Balaton in Hungary.

In May of 2007, he spent a month in South Africa working with orphaned infant chacma baboons at the C.A.R.E. foundation in Phalaborwa, an experience about which he has written for Natural History and The Washington Post Magazine.

Blumenthal holds the Mina Hohenberg Darden Endowed Chair in Creative Writing at Old Dominion University.

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