Bucks launches Wordsmiths Reading Series with two award-winning poets

Melissa Stein and Hayden Saunier will read from their works on Sept. 20


Bucks County Community College is launching this season’s Wordsmiths Reading Series on Friday, Sept. 20, with poets Melissa Stein and Hayden Saunier.

Stein, who is also serving as the final judge for the Bucks County Poet Laureate contest, is the author of Terrible Blooms and Rough Honey, winner of the 2010 APR/Honickman First Book Prize.


Saunier, the 1991 Bucks County Poet Laureate, is a poet, actor and teaching artist. She has published four collections of poetry, most recently How to Wear This Body and Say Luck. Her work has been awarded the 2013 Gell Poetry Prize, the 2011 Pablo Neruda Poetry Prize, and the 2011 Rattle Poetry Grand Prize, and has been nominated numerous times for the Pushcart Prize.

The reading, which is free and open to the public, takes place on Friday, Sept. 20 at 7:30 p.m. in room 142 of Tyler Hall. Bucks County Community College is located at 275 Swamp Road, Newtown, where there is ample free parking.

Since the 1960s, BCCC’s Wordsmiths Reading Series has featured some of the most distinguished poets of our time, from Allen Ginsberg and Nikki Giovanni to Robert Bly and Robert Pinksy, among many others.

Forthcoming events include Philadelphia poet laureate Raquel Salas Rivera on Oct. 3, part of the college’s inaugural LatinX Heritage Month celebration, and Chad Frame reading with the soon-to-be-named 2019 Bucks County Poet Laureate on Nov. 17.

To learn more, contact Dr. Ethel Rackin at ethel.rackin@bucks.edu or 215-497-8719.