Thursday, February 16, 2017

Reading with J.C. Todd at Bucks County Community College

Bucks County Community College, whose Wordsmiths Reading Series brings the voices of award-winning poets and authors to the region, invites the public to hear J.C. Todd and Ethel Rackin read their poetry at 1 p.m. Monday February 20, in historic Tyler Hall on the Newtown campus.

Todd, winner of the 2016 International Literary Award in poetry and a 2014-16 Pew Fellow, has held fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Ragdale and Ucross and a writing residency at Humboldt University in Berlin. Her books include What Space This Body (Wind, 2008) and two chapbooks. Individual poems have been published in The Paris Review, The American Poetry Review, Ekphrasis, and are forthcoming in Beloit Poetry Journal.

Todd teaches in the Creative Writing Program at Bryn Mawr College. Last fall, Todd served as judge for the Bucks County Poet Laureate Competition.

Rackin is the author of The Forever Notes (2013) and Go On (2016), both from Parlor Press. Elizabeth Robinson awarded her collaborative lyric sequence “Soledad,” written with Elizabeth Savage, the 2016 Thomas Merton Prize for Poetry of the Sacred. Her poems, book reviews, and collaborations have appeared in journals such as Colorado Review, Hotel Amerika, Kenyon Review, Jacket2, Parabola, Verse Daily, and Volt.

Rackin earned her MFA from Bard College and her Ph.D. in English Literature from Princeton University. She is an associate professor of Language and Literature at Bucks County Community College, where she co-directs the Wordsmiths Reading Series and the Poet Laureate Program with Dr. Christopher Bursk.

The poetry reading takes place at 1 p.m. Monday, February 20 in room 142 of Tyler Hall, the French Norman mansion listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Bucks County Community College is located at 275 Swamp Rd., Newtown, Pa., 18940, where there is ample free parking. The reading is free and open to the public.

The Wordsmiths Reading Series continues Friday, March 24, with author Lorene Carey and writer Kaitlin Moore, followed by Montgomery County Poet Laureate Amy Small-McKinney reading with Philadelphia Poet Laureate Yolanda Wisher on Friday, April 21. To learn more, visit

The free series is part of Bucks Live!, innovative programs to inform, inspire, and enrich the life of grater Bucks County, sponsored by the Bucks County Community College Cultural Affairs Committee. To learn more, contact Dr. Christopher Bursk at or 215-968-8156 or visit

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