Lycoming College English Department to host awarding winning poet

Lycoming College English Department to host awarding winning poet

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The Lycoming College English Department, as part of its Reading Series, will welcome award-winning author and poet Shara McCallum for a poetry reading on Thursday, Oct. 13, beginning at 4 p.m. in Mary Lindsay Welch Honors Hall.

Since 2003, McCallum has served as director of the Stadler Center for Poetry at Bucknell University, where she also teaches creative writing and literature. Originally from Kingston, Jamaica, McCallum is the author of four books: "The Face of Water: New and Selected Poems," "This Strange Land," "Song of Thieves" and "The Water Between Us," winner of the 1998 Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize for Poetry.

Her poems have appeared in journals in the U.S., the U.K., the Caribbean, Latin America and Israel, have been reprinted in textbooks and anthologies of American, African American, Caribbean and World literatures, and have been translated into Spanish and Romanian. Her personal essays have been published in "The Antioch Review," "Creative Nonfiction" and "Witness."

McCallum is the recipient of a 2011 fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, individual artist grants from the Tennessee Arts Commission and the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize, and an Academy of American Poets Prize. She has been a Cave Canem Fellow and a Walter E. Dakin Fellow at the Sewanee Writers' Conference.

The Lycoming College Reading Series introduces students to the most distinguished writers in the country, including recipients of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, as well as inspiring new voices. Recent guest have included Pulitzer Prize winner Stephen Dunn, O. Henry Award winner David Jauss and Felix Pollak Prize winner Betsy Sholl.

Founded in 1812 and celebrating its bicentennial during the 2011-12 academic year, Lycoming College is a national liberal arts and sciences school dedicated to the undergraduate education of 1,400 students. It offers 35 academic majors and is recognized as a Tier 1 institution by U.S. News and World Report. Located near the banks of the Susquehanna River in Williamsport, Pa., Lycoming is one of the 50 oldest colleges in the nation. For more information, visit

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