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Poet to Discuss Book at Author Series

Creative Writing Professor Reads from Book of Poetry

Christopher Buckley to read from and discuss the poetry of his book “Sky”

(April 19, 2005)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — — Christopher Buckley, a professor in the Department of Creative Writing at the University of California, Riverside, will read from and discuss his book of poetry “Sky” from 3:15 to 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 20, in Special Collections on the fourth floor of the Tomás Rivera Library at UCR, 900 University Ave. The event will be web cast live and will be archived for later viewing. For more information call Special Collections at the UCR Libraries at (951) 827—3233.

In “Sky” (Sheep Meadow Press, 2004, a division of University Press of New England) Christopher Buckley moves within the same poem from the most mundane experiences of life and language to the most lyrical, beautiful, and sublime. Buckley’s art changes mud and dirty shoes into sky. He has much to teach the reader about seeing, thinking, and feeling.

Educated at St. Mary’s College, San Diego State University and UC Irvine, Buckley is a prolific and critically-acclaimed author and editor. He has been honored with more than 30 awards and fellowships, including most recently having been named a finalist for both the Patterson Poetry Prize the Rainer Maria Rilke International Poetry Competition in 1999, and the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Grant in Poetry in 2001.

Buckley’s presentation is the sixth of the seven-part UCR Libraries’ Author Series for 2004-2005. The series, which began in September 2002, brings the riches of the campus libraries and the talent of UCR faculty and staff to the community. The authors are all affiliated in some way with UC Riverside. All UCR Libraries’ Author Series events are free and open to the public.

Parking on campus is $6 per vehicle for the day or may be purchased for shorter periods at $2 per hour. Parking permits are available at the information kiosks near the University Avenue and the Canyon Crest Drive/ Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard entrances.

All events in the UCR Libraries’ Author Series take place at 3:15 p.m. on Wednesdays. The remaining speaker for 2004-05 is:

  • May 18, 2005 — Norman C. Ellstrand, professor of genetics, Department of Botany and Plant Sciences, discussing “Dangerous Liaisons?: When Cultivated Plants Mate with their Wild Relatives”(Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003).

The UC Riverside Libraries are the focal points for research and study on campus. Their collections include 2,081,146 volumes, 12,444 serial subscriptions and 1,672,042 microforms housed in four facilities: the Tomás Rivera Library (serving the humanities, arts and social sciences), the Science Library, the Music Library, and the Media Library. Special Collections, housing rare books and manuscripts, and unique archival resources, is on the 4th floor of the Rivera Library.

The University of California, Riverside ( is a doctoral research university, a living laboratory for groundbreaking exploration of issues critical to Inland Southern California, the state and communities around the world. Reflecting California's diverse culture, UCR's enrollment has exceeded 21,000 students. The campus opened a medical school in 2013 and has reached the heart of the Coachella Valley by way of the UCR Palm Desert Center. The campus has an annual statewide economic impact of more than $1 billion.

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