Lycoming College Himes/Sweeney Visiting Scholar series to feature poet

The English Department of Lycoming College will hold a reading by American poet Christopher Bakken as part of its Himes/Sweeney Visiting Scholar in Creative Writing series this spring of 2018. The event will be held at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 1 in the Mary Lindsay Welch Honors Hall of Lycoming College, located on the corner of Fourth and Basin streets.

Christopher Bakken is the author of three books of poetry, “Eternity & Oranges,” “Goat Funeral” and “After Greece.” He also is the author of a culinary memoir, “Honey, Olives, Octopus: Adventures at the Greek Table,” and the co-translator of “The Lions’ Gate: Selected Poems of Titos Patrikios.” Bakken’s poems, essays, translations and reviews have appeared widely in the United States and Europe, in places such as Best American Poetry 2016, The Paris Review, New England Review, Ploughshares, The Iowa Review and The Wall Street Journal. He has been awarded the T. S. Eliot Prize in Poetry, the McGinnis-Ritchie Award for Nonfiction from the Southwest Review, the Willis Barnstone Translation Prize, and he served as a Fulbright Scholar in American Studies at the University of Bucharest in 2008. Bakken is Frederick F. Seeley Professor and department chair of English at Allegheny College. In the summer, he serves as the director of Writing Workshops in Greece: Thessaloniki & Thasos.

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