Poets lend their voices in conjunction with art exhibition

Three women poets from independent publisher Bloof Books read from their works March 6 at Newtown

The Times

Bucks County Community College presents a poetry reading Wednesday, March 6, in conjunction with the art exhibition “And this is how you are a citizen…”.

The event features poets Pattie McCarthy, Nikki Wallschlaeger, and Shanna Compton sharing their works at 7:30 p.m. All three poets publish with the New Jersey-based independent press Bloof Books.

The reading will be followed by a question-and-answer session about the intersections of feminism, the literary arts, and small-press publishing. Books will be available for purchase and to be signed by the authors.

The reading, which is free and open to the public, takes place in the Music and Multimedia Building, located adjacent to the Hicks Art Center Gallery, where the exhibition “And this is how you are a citizen…” is showing through March 12. The exhibition’s title is a line from Citizen, An American Lyric, a book-length poem by Claudia Rankine that explores the realities of what it means to be a black citizen amid the everyday acts of racism in our “post-race” society.”

Bucks County Community College is located at 275 Swamp Road, Newtown, where there is ample free parking.

The March 6 event is part of the Wordsmiths Reading Series, brought by the Bucks County Community College Cultural Affairs Committee. To learn more, contact Dr. Ethel Rackin at ethel.rackin@bucks.edu or 215–497–8719.