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Bothe Poetry Reading brings Lia Purpura to campus

Baltimore poet, essayist and translator Lia Purpura.
March 26, 2013

Baltimore poet, essayist and translator Lia Purpura will give the annual Bothe Poetry Reading at 7:30 p.m. April 2 in McDaniel Lounge.

A 2012 Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship recipient, Purpura is the author of “Rough Likeness,” “King Baby,” “On Looking,” “Increase,” “Stone Sky Lifting,” “The Brighter the Veil,” and “Poems of Grzegorz Musial: Berliner Tagebuch and Taste of Ash.” Her poems and essays have also appeared in many magazines and anthologies.

She has received a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Fellowship, Fulbright Fellowship, three Pushcart Prizes and a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council.

Purpura is a graduate of Oberlin College and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She serves as writer in residence at the UMBC and teaches in the Master of Fine Arts program at the Rainier Writing Workshop in Tacoma, Wash. For more information about Lia Purpura, visit her website at

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