Binghamton University hosts the 34th annual Poetry and the Children Day
BINGHAMTON, NY -- More than 400 students from 37 schools and 13 school districts will meet at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 25, in the Osterhout Concert Theater of the Anderson Center at Binghamton University for the 34th annual Poetry and the Children Day. After the opening presentation, students will present their poems at 11 a.m. throughout the Fine Arts Building.
The program, which brings students together for a day of poetry readings, was established as a memorial to Robert Pawlikowski. A published poet, creative writing instructor and campus administrative assistant, Pawlikowski drowned in 1975 while on vacation with his family. The event is a tribute to the efforts that Pawlikowski made during his lifetime in nurturing the expressive and intellectual powers of his students as well as those of his own children.
This year’s guest poet is Christine Gelineau, author of Appetite for the Devine (Ashland Poetry Press, 2006), which was awarded the Richard Snyder Memorial Prize, and subsequently nominated for the Los Angeles Times Book Award. Gelineau’s other works include two chapbooks from FootHills Publishing, North American Song Line (2001) and In the Greenwood World (2006), as well as French Connections: A Gathering of Franco-American Poets, an anthropology she edited with Jack B. Bedell (Louisiana Literature Press, 2007).
Gelineau teaches at Binghamton University where she is Associate Director of the Creative Writing Program and coordinator of the Readers’ Series. She also teaches poetry in the graduate writing program at Wilkes University.
Partially underwritten by the Oakdale Mall and Susan Clark-Johnson, an anthology is prepared by the Office of the Dean of Harpur College and distributed to teachers and local libraries. Clark-Johnson is a 1967 Binghamton University graduate and former publisher of the Binghamton Evening Press, the predecessor to the Binghamton Press & Sun Bulletin.