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Penn State Poet Laureate Shares her Work

11/11/2010 —

Robin Becker, Penn State’s poet laureate for 2010-11, read a number of her poems, shared her thoughts about them, and talked about how she decided to become a poet during a visit to Penn State York on Tuesday, Nov. 9. Becker read to a group of students, faculty, and staff in the campus’ Lee R. Glatfelter Library.

To see photos taken of Becker during her visit, go to http://live.psu.edu/stilllife/2359 online.

Becker’s visit was arranged by Noel Sloboda, Ph.D., assistant professor of English at York. Sloboda’s English 50 class, introduction to creative writing, received a complimentary copy of Becker’s book of poetry, “All American Girl,” and read it prior to her visit.

In a discussion following the reading, Juliette Branker, a York student, told Becker there were three things she liked about her presentation. Branker liked that the poet took off her glasses to look at the audience when she spoke, liked how she projected her voice when she read, and enjoyed Becker’s commentary on the poetry which helped her to appreciate the poems.

In the evening at a dinner in her honor, Becker did a second poetry reading for a group of art and cultural enthusiasts from the York area.

Becker is the third Penn State laureate, succeeding Anthony T. Leach, associate professor of music and music education, and inaugural laureate Kim Cook, professor of music in cello, both in Penn State's College of Arts and Architecture.

The Penn State laureate is a full-time University faculty member in the humanities or fine arts who is assigned half-time for one academic year to bring an enhanced level of social, cultural, artistic and human perspective and awareness to a broad array of audiences. The laureate is a highly visible representative of Penn State who appears regularly at events University-wide and throughout the Commonwealth at community and statewide events.

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