January 19, 2011

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Carmen Gillespie, professor of English and director of the Bucknell Griot Institute for Africana Studies, will give a reading of her poetry on Tuesday, Jan. 25, at 7 p.m. in the Stadler Center for Poetry in Bucknell Hall.

The reading, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Stadler Center for Poetry.

Gillespie's publications include the books A Critical Companion to Toni Morrison (2007), A Critical Companion to Alice Walker (2011), the edited collection, The Clearing: Forty Years with Toni Morrison, 1970 - 2010 (2011), and a poetry chapbook, Lining the Rails (2008). A poetry book, Jonestown: A Vexation (2011), is forthcoming.

A Cave Canem Fellow and a Fulbright scholar, she is the recipient of an Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship for Excellence in Poetry as well as awards and grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Mellon Foundation, the Bread Loaf Writer's Conference, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown.

The 2010 winner of the Naomi Madgett Long Poetry Prize, she was named one of Essence magazine's 40 favorite poets in commemoration of the magazine's 40th anniversary.

Bucknell's Griot Institute for Africana Studies has as its focus faculty and student intellectual and creative engagement with the interdisciplinary investigation of the cultures, histories, narratives, peoples, geographies and arts of Africa and the African diaspora.

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