Lycoming College English Dept. to host poetry reading by Christopher Bakken

The Lycoming College English Dept. will host a reading by American poet Christopher Bakken as part of the Himes/Sweeney Visiting Scholar in Creative Writing series at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, at the Mary Lindsay Welch Honors Hall of Lycoming College, on the corner of Fourth and Basin streets. This event is free and open to the public.

Bakken is the author of three poetry books “Eternity & Oranges,” “Goat Funeral” and “After Greece;” a culinary memoir, “Honey, Olives, Octopus: Adventures at the Greek Table;” and he co-translated “The Lions’ Gate: Selected Poems of Titos Patrikios.” He also is the Frederick F. Seely Professor and department chair of English at Allegheny College.

Bakken has recieved the T. S. Eliot Prize in Poetry, the McGinnis-Ritchie Award for Nonfiction from the Southwest Review, the Willis Barnstone Translation Prize, and was a Fulbright Scholar in American Studies at the University of Bucharest in 2008.

His poems, essays, translations and reviews can be found in the “Best American Poetry 2016,” “The Paris Review,” “New England Review,” “Ploughshares,” “The Iowa Review” and “The Wall Street Journal.”

The Himes/Sweeney Visiting Scholar in Creative Writing promotes discussion and exploration among students, faculty and the community about creative writing. It is an endowed fund created by Diane Sweeney (’92) in 2009, a Lycoming College alumna.