Reading series highlights poetry

For Immediate Release: Sept. 18, 2014

BLOOMSBURG— Poets Marjorie Maddox and Barbara Crooker will open this year’s Big Dog Reading Series at Bloomsburg University, presenting readings on Monday, Oct. 6, in the Kehr Union — Maddox at 3 p.m. in Multipurpose Room B and Crooker at 7:30 p.m. in the Hideaway.

Both readings are free and open to the public.

Maddox is the director of creative writing and professor of English at Lock Haven University. She recently published “Local News From Someplace Else,” is the co-editor of “Common Wealth: Contemporary Poets on Pennsylvania,” and has written two children books “A Crossing of Zebras: Animal Packs in Poetry” and “Rules of the Game: Baseball Poems.”

Maddox received a Sage Graduate Fellowship at Cornell University while studying toward her Master’s in Fine Arts in poetry. Her awards include Cornell University’s Chasen Award, the 2000 Paumanok Poetry Award, an Academy of American Poets Prize, and Lock Haven University’s 2012 Honors Professor of the Year.

Crooker’s poetry has appeared in numerous magazines such as The Green Mountains Review, Poet Lore and The Potomac Review. She has won awards including the 2006 Ekphrastic Poetry Award from Rosebud, the 2003 Thomas Merton Poetry of the Sacred Award and three Pennsylvania Council on the Arts creative writing fellowships.

Crooker was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1997 for her part in the audio version of “Grow Old With Me – The Best is Yet To Be.” She has read her poems on the BBC, Australian Broadcasting Co. and in the Poetry at Noon series at the Library of Congress in Auvillar, France.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university, celebrating 175 years of excellence in 2014, serves approximately 10,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.