Noted poet to give annual Bothe Lecture

March 10, 2008

Stephen Tapscott, creative writing and literature professor at MIT, will deliver the 22nd annual B. Christopher Bothe Lecture at 7:30 p.m. March 25 in McDaniel Lounge.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, call 410-857-2294.

Tapscott’s work focuses on creative writing, poetry as a literary genre, and translation. He has published five books of poems and a book of criticism on Walt Whitman and William Carlos Williams. Additionally, Tapscott edited “Twentieth-Century Latin American Poetry: A Bilingual Anthology” (University of Texas Press, 1996).

His books of poetry include “Another Body” (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 1989) and “From the Book of Changes” (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2002). He has translated books by Pablo Neruda, Jan Twardowski, Wislawa Szymborska and Gabriela Mistral.

Tapscott has taught creative writing and literature at MIT for more than two decades.

The Bothe lecture brings a visiting writer to campus for one day to meet with student writers and to give a public reading and lecture.

Bothe, a member of the Class of 1972, was a poet, award-winning journalist, and printer who died in 1984. Bothe’s family and friends developed the lecture in his memory in 1987.

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