Writers Rogers, Lichtenstein To Read at Hartwick

April 6, 2010

Acclaimed writers Bertha Rogers and Alice Lichtenstein will offer a joint reading from their recently published work at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 21 in Eaton Lounge, Bresee Hall on the Hartwick College campus. The reading is free, and the public is invited to attend.

More than 250 of Rogers' poems appear in journals and anthologies, including Barrow Street, The MacGuffin, Nimrod International Journal, The Louisville Review, Cimarron Review, Green Mountains Review, ONTHEBUS, Rattapallax, Pivot, and others. Her collections include Even the Hemlock: Poems, Illuminations, Reliquaries (Six Swans Artists Editions, NY, 2005); The Fourth Beast (chapbook, Snark Press, IL, 2004); A House of Corners (Three Conditions Press, Maryland Poetry Review Chapbook Contest Winner, 2000); and Sleeper, You Wake (Mellen, NY 1991). Rogers' translation of Beowulf, the Anglo-Saxon epic poem, was published in 2000 (Birch Brook Press, NY), and her translation of the riddle-poems from the Anglo-Saxon Exeter Book, Uncommon Creatures, Singing Things will be published in 2010 (Birch Brook Press, NY). Her collection Heart Turned Back is just out from Salmon Poetry Publishing, Ireland.

In 2006, Rogers was the recipient of an AE Ventures Grant for excellence in both poetry and visual art and for contributions to the field through the not-for-profit literary press and center she founded in 1992, Bright Hill Press, at Bright Hill Literary Center in Treadwell, home to Word Thursdays readings and workshops, the Bright Hill Library, and Share the Words HS Poetry Competition. Rogers has served as a local, regional, and state judge for the NEA-sponsored Poetry Outloud Program for high school students.

In 2007 she was given the 2007 Teaching Artist Distinguished Service to the Arts in Education Field Award by Partners for Arts Education and the Association of Teaching Artists in New York.

Lichtenstein, who teaches creative writing at Hartwick College, graduated from Brown University and was named the Boston University Fellow in Creative Writing, where she earned her M.A. degree. She has received a New York Foundation of the Arts Grant in Fiction and has twice been a Fellow at the prestigious MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, NH. In addition to Hartwick, Lichtenstein has taught at Boston University, Wheaton College, Lesley College, and the Harvard University Summer School.

Her debut novel, The Genius of the World (Zoland Books Inc., Cambridge, MA), received rave reviews in the New York Times Sunday Book Review and from Alan Cheuse on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered." It also was named a Booksense 76 selection for best trade paper fiction.

On March 26, Lichtenstein recorded an interview with National Public Radio's "The Book Show," and her second novel, Lost (Scribner's), was featured in the "Great Reads" section of People magazine the same week. Lichtenstein's March 18 reading and book signing filled Oneonta's Green Toad bookstore beyond capacity. Lost is attracting positive critical attention from coast to coast and internationally.

The reading is sponsored by the Hartwick College Department of English & Theatre Arts and the Visiting Writers Series. For more information, contact Professor of English Robert Bensen at 607-431-4902 or

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