September 21, 2011

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Poet Tony Hoagland will give a reading of his works Tuesday, Oct. 4, 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 17th annual Sojka Visiting Poet, Hoagland 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.

"Tony Hoagland is one of the brashest, funniest yet absolutely serious, self incriminating, and politically astute poets of our time," said Shara McCallum, director of the Stadler Center for Poetry. "His work asks readers to look hard at what it means to be Americans in the 21st century, or as he calls it, the "late Honda dynasty."

Hoagland's books include Unincorporated Personas in the Late Honda Dynasty (Graywolf Press, 2010), What Narcissism Means to Me (2003), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; Donkey Gospel (1998), which received the James Laughlin Award; and Sweet Ruin (1992), chosen by Donald Justice for the 1992 Brittingham Prize in Poetry and winner of the Zacharis Award from Emerson College.

His other honors include two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, a fellowship to the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, the O.B. Hardison Prize for Poetry and Teaching from the Folger Shakespeare Library, the 2008 Jackson Poetry Prize from Poets & Writers magazine, and the Poetry Foundation's 2005 Mark Twain Award in recognition of his contribution to humor in American poetry.

In 2002, the American Academy of Arts and Letters praised his work with the citation, "Tony Hoagland's imagination ranges thrillingly across manners, morals, sexual doings, kinds of speech both lyrical and candid, intimate as well as wild."

Hoagland teaches at the University of Houston and Warren Wilson College.

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

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