September 15, 2010

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Poet Carl Phillips will give a reading of his works Tuesday, Sept. 21, 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 part of the university's annual Gary and Sandra Sojka Visiting Poet series.

As the 16th annual Sojka Visiting Poet, Phillips also will participate in a question-and-answer session at 4 p.m. the same day in the Smith Library of the Vaughan Literature Building.

"Phillips is one of those poets I consider it a privilege to meet," said Paula Closson Buck, acting director of the Stadler Center for Poetry.

"He's about so many things: desire, identity, spirituality, myth. He's always after the big subjects-and he pursues them with an unflinching diligence and exactitude. Once again, thanks to the Sojkas' generosity, we're in for a couple of great days of poetry at Bucknell."

Award-winning writer
Phillips, who teaches at Washington University in St. Louis, is the author of 11 books of poetry, including most recently Speak Low, a finalist for the National Book Award, and Double Shadow, forthcoming in 2011. He is also the author of a book of prose, Coin of the Realm: Essays on the Life and Art of Poetry, and a translation of Sophocles' Philoctetes.

His awards and honors include the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Prize, the Theodore Roethke Memorial Foundation Award in Poetry, the Thom Gunn Award for Best Gay Male Poetry, several Pushcart Prizes, and awards and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Library of Congress, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Academy of American Poets, to which he was named a chancellor in 2007.

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

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