Poet opens BU’s Big Dog Reading Series for 2006-07

For Immediate Release

Date:  September 21, 2006


BLOOMSBURG— Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania will be filled with poetry from an author whose works have appeared in several literary journals and anthologies. John Hoppenthaler will present the first program in the 2006-07 Big Dog Reading Series on Thursday, Oct. 5, at 7 p.m. in the Kehr Union, Multicultural Center. The program is open to the public free of charge.

Hoppenthaler’s poetry has appeared in “Ploughshares,” “The Southern Review,” “New Letters,” “The Bloomsburg Review,” “Poet Lore” and “September 11, 2001: American Writers Respond.” His first collection of poetry, “Lives of Water,” is available from Carnegie Mellon University Press. He is the poetry editor of the journal Kestrel and is currently editing a collection of essays and interviews on the poetry of Jean Valentine. 

Funding for this year’s program comes from the BU English department, College of Liberal Arts and the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Chancellor’s Office. 


Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Professional Studies, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.