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Lycoming College Himes/Sweeney Visiting Scholar series to feature poet and essayist

Lycoming College Himes/Sweeney Visiting Scholar series to feature poet and essayist

Barbara Hurd and Stephen Dunn

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The Lycoming College English Department will continue its Himes/Sweeney Visiting Scholar in Creative Writing series with readings by poet Stephen Dunn and essayist Barbara Hurd. The event will be held Tuesday, April 8 at 7:30 p.m. in Mary Lindsay Welch Honors Hall. It is free and open to the public.

Dunn is the author of 17 collections of poetry, including “Lines of Defense,” “Here and Now,” “Different Hours” and “What Goes On: Selected & New Poems 1995-2009.” His other books include “Walking Light: Memoirs and Essays on Poetry.” In recent years, he has been the featured poet in The American Poetry Review, The Georgia Review and The New Yorker. His many honors include the Academy Award in Literature from The American Academy of Arts & Letters, The Paterson Award for Sustained Literary Achievement, fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller foundations, three NEA Creative Writing Fellowships, a Distinguished Artist Fellowship from the N.J. State Council on the Arts, the Levinson and Oscar Blumenthal Prizes from Poetry, the Theodore Roethke Prize from Poetry Northwest, the James Wright Prize from Mid-American Review and the Pulitzer Prize.

Hurd is the author of “Stepping into the Same River Twice” (with artist Patricia Hilton); “Walking the Wrack Line: On Tidal Shifts and What Remains”; “Entering the Stone: On Caves and Feeling Through the Dark,” a Library Journal Best Natural History Book of the Year; “The Singer’s Temple”; “Stirring the Mud: On Swamps, Bogs, and Human Imagination,” a Los Angeles Times Best Book of 2001; “Objects in this Mirror;” and, forthcoming, “Putting an Ear to the Ground.” Her work has appeared in numerous journals, including Bellingham Review, Prairie Schooner, “Best American Essays 1999,” “Best American Essays 2001,” The Georgia Review and The Yale Review. She is a recipient of an NEA Fellowship for Creative Nonfiction, the Sierra Club’s National Nature Writing Award, three Pushcart Prizes and five Maryland State Arts Council Awards. Hurd teaches in the Stonecoast MFA program at the University of Southern Maine.

The Himes/Sweeney Visiting Scholar in Creative Writing is an endowed fund created by Lycoming alumna Diane Sweeney. Income from the endowment is used to bring distinguished writers in residence and practitioners to the college to address topics related to creative writing. Its goal is to promote discussion and exploration among students, faculty and the community.

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