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Date: March 27, 2008
Media Contact: Elizabeth Homan, 240-567-7970; Steve Simon, 240-567-7952

Montgomery College to Host Poetry Reading and Workshop with Poet Laureate of Takoma Park
Anne Becker to Visit College’s Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus, April 22

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In honor of National Poetry Month, the Paul Peck Institute for American Culture and Civic Engagement at Montgomery College is holding a poetry reading and workshop with Anne Becker, poet laureate of Takoma Park, on Tuesday, April 22, at 11 a.m. The event will take place in the Charlene R. Nunley Student Services Center, Room 301, located on the College’s Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus, 7600 Takoma Avenue, Takoma Park, Maryland.

Anne Becker is a writer and teacher. Her book “The Transmutation Notebooks: Poems in the Voices of Charles and Emma Darwin” was published by Forest Woods Media in 1996. Becker’s poems have appeared in Antioch Review, Southern Poetry Review, Gargoyle Magazine, Washington Jewish Week, The Audubon Naturalist News, and other journals and anthologies. In 2007, her chapbook, “The Good Body,” was published by Finishing Line Press. Presently, she teaches at the Writer’s Center in Bethesda, Maryland, in the Poets-in-the-Schools program, and provides poetry tutorials. Since 2001, she has conducted “Writing the Body,” an ongoing poetry workshop for those with experience of life-threatening illness or chronic conditions, either as patients, caregivers, or family members.

For over fifteen years, she was Senior Producer of Watershed Tapes, recording cassettes of more than 50 major American and international poets reading their work, including Louise Bogan, William Carlos Williams, Jean Valentine, Czeslaw Milosz, Joseph Brodsky, and Ruth Stone. She also produced segments for several series of literary radio programs that aired on 250 stations nationwide.

Her work often combines science with poetry. She has lectured at the University of Connecticut on the nature of scientific thought and at the Corcoran School of Art on aspects of the history of science. Awards include the Maryland Heritage Poetry Award and a Fellowship in Poetry from the Maryland State Arts Council. She is currently working on a series of collaborations with musicians, visual artists and dancers.

For more information about this event, contact Dr. Francine Jamin, director of the Paul Peck Institute for American Culture and Civic Engagement at Montgomery College, at 240-567-1385.

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Montgomery College is a public, open admissions community college with campuses in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park/Silver Spring, plus workforce development/continuing education centers and off-site programs throughout Montgomery County, Md. The College serves nearly 60,000 students a year, through both credit and noncredit programs, in more than 100 areas of study.

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