Poets Aplenty at Widener This Month

February 17, 2014

National Poetry Month does not take place until April, but with two poetry events and the new release of a poetry chapbook by a prolific faculty member, this month at Widener could qualify as a poetry month all our own.

Scott Edward Anderson headshot


Poet Scott Edward Anderson will read in Room C of University Center at 4 p.m. Tuesday, February 18.  He is the author of a collection, Fallow Field, published in 2013. He has been a Concordia Fellow at the Millay Colony for the Arts, and received both the Nebraska Review Award and the Aldrich Emerging Poets Award. The reading is free and open to the public.

Billy Collins


Former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins will speak at 1 p.m. Monday, February 24, in Lathem Hall at 13th and Potter Streets in Chester. Collins, who will be appearing on Monday night at the Kimmel Center as part of the Philadelphia Speakers Series that is sponsored by Widener, has seen his last three collections break poetry sales records. The event is free and open to the public, but space is limited. To reserve seating, call 610-499-4112 or e-mail cjcaporale@widener.edu.



And while he is not scheduled for a reading on campus this month, Widener Professor Ken Pobo, a faculty member since 1987 who has authored four poetry collections and sixteen chapbooks, has added another chapbook to his extensive body of work. Placemats, published by Eastern Point Lit House & Press, was recently released. Visit the publisher’s web site to order a copy and read two poems from the collection, “Venturing Forth” and “Whitman in McDonalds.”


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