Reading Series

The purpose of the Lycoming College Reading Series is to introduce students to the most distinguished writers in the country, such as winners of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, as well as inspiring new voices.

  • Stephen Dunn — Author of thirteen poetry collections; winner of the Pulitzer Prize.
  • David Jauss — Author of two books of poetry and two collections of short fiction; winner of numerous prizes, including the O. Henry Award.
  • Cynthia Hogue — Author of four poetry books and two critical studies; winner of many awards, including a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.
  • Betsy Sholl — Author of five poetry books; winner of the Associated Writing Programs award in poetry and the Felix Pollak Prize.
  • Molly Peacock — Author of four poetry books, a memoir, and a critical study; former president of the Poetry Society of America.
  • David Wojahn — Author of six poetry books and two books of nonfiction; winner of several Pushcart Prizes and the William Carlos Williams Book Award.
  • Billy Collins — Author of six poetry books; winner of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, and others.
  • Philip Levine — Author of fifteen poetry books, two essay collections, and two books of translations; winner of the Pulitzer Prize.
  • Al Young — Author of eight poetry books, five novels, five essay collections, and numerous screenplays; winner of many national awards.
  • Robert Wrigley — Author of four poetry books; winner of many awards, including two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts.
  • Mark Doty — Author of five poetry books and one memoir; winner of many awards, including the National Book Critics Circle Award and the T.S. Eliot Prize.
  • Jayne Cortez — Author of ten poetry books; winner of many awards, including the American Book Award and the International African Festival Award.
  • Willis Barnstone — Author of over forty books (nonfiction, fiction, poetry, translations); honored internationally as one of our most important translators.
  • Aliki Barnstone — Author of three poetry books and editor of several anthologies; winner of many national awards.
  • Robert Reid — Author of two books of essays and editor of one anthology; his essays on nature have been widely published and anthologized.
  • Thomas Gavin — Author of three novels; winner of many awards, including fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Mellon Foundation.
  • Paul Zimmer — Author of twelve books of poetry and director of the University of Iowa Press; winner of many national awards and fellowships.
  • Marjorie Maddox — Author of three chapbooks of poetry and one full-length collection, which won the Sandstone Publishing National Poetry Book Competition.
  • Yusef Komunyakaa — Author of six books of poetry and co-editor of two anthologies; winner of the Pulitzer Prize.
  • William Matthews — Author of ten books of poetry and one book of essays; his many honors include the Ruth Lily Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award.