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January 23, 2009
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Award-winning poet to read work for Visiting Writers Series

Author G.C. Waldrep will read his poetry as a part of the 2008-09 Visiting Writers Series, sponsored by The Writers' Institute. The reading will be held Tuesday, Jan. 27, at 7:30 p.m. in Stretansky Hall in the Cunningham Center.

"Waldrep writes out of the imagination, giving us imagery and narrative that drive to the poignant heart of experience," said Karla Kelsey, associate professor of creative writing.
Waldrep is the author of several books of poetry, including "Goldbeater's Skin," "Disclamor," and "One Way No Exit." His most recent work, "Archicembalo," is due out from Tupelo Press in 2009.

He is also the author of a nonfiction book called "Southern Workers and the Search for Community," which won the 2001 Illinois Prize for History.

"In his book, 'One Way No Exit,' Waldrep creates a series of poems in a sort of litany that allows the reader to consider his language in different kinds of context," said Melissa Goodrich, a sophomore creative writing major.

"His language is fresh and approachable and lends to beautiful reading. In a work that continues to interpret language as it is stretched and rearranged, Waldrep challenges the ways we think, and the ways we think we think," Goodrich said.

Waldrep's first collection, "Goldbeater's Skin," earned him the 2003 Colorado Prize for Poetry, and his most recent collection, "Archicembalo," won the 2008 Dorset Prize.

In addition, his work has received awards from the Academy of American Poets, the Poetry Society of America, the Campbell Corner Foundation, the North Carolina Arts Council and the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, as well as a Pushcart Prize.

Waldrep's poems have appeared in Poetry, Plough-shares, Kenyon Review, Gettysburg Review, Boston Review, New England Review, Georgia Review, Tin House, New American Writing and other journals.

Currently, Waldrep teaches creative writing at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pa., and directs the Bucknell Seminar for Younger Poets.

"Waldrep is absolutely delightful, so sharply intelligent and funny both in person and on the page," said Nadia Waggener, a junior creative writing major. "We can all look forward to an outstanding reading and dialogue."

Kelsey said: "Waldrep is a master at giving poetry readings. I hope as many people as possible in the Susquehanna and Selinsgrove communities can come listen to his work."
Waldrep is the fourth of seven writers scheduled to read at Susquehanna during the 2008-09 school year.

Books by Waldrep will be available for purchase and signing following the reading.

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