Penn State laureate Robin Becker brings her poems to Abington

The fall Cultural Arts Series at Penn State Abington will continue at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 27, in Lubert Commons, 108 Lares Building when Robin Becker, this year's Penn State laureate and professor of English and women's studies in the College of the Liberal Arts, will enlighten the Abington community with a poetry reading.

Through readings from her award-winning books, "All-American Girl," "The Horse Fair," and "Domain of Perfect Affection," nationally acclaimed poet Becker will explore how and why poems move us.

Becker is the third Penn State laureate. The Penn State laureate is a full-time faculty member who is assigned half-time to serve as the University Laureate for one academic year. Becker is charged with bringing an enhanced level of social, cultural, artistic and human perspective and awareness to a broad array of audiences throughout Pennsylvania.

"As the 2010-2011 Penn State laureate, I will initiate activities that engage students, alumni and others in the deep pleasures of poetry -- language crafted and shaped from words, the 'ordinary' material we all use every day," said Becker. "Through readings and discussions, I'll present poems by myself and others, exploring how and why poems move us. Working with new technologies, I hope to combine 'virtual' activities with campus visits throughout the state."

Join Penn State Abington for Becker's poetry readings, discussion, book signing and reception. Admission is free, and registrations can be made by calling 215-881-7800. For more information on this event or future Cultural Arts programs, go online to online.

To learn more about Becker and her poems, visit online. Click on the photos to listen to her readings.