Professor Publishes First Poetry Collection; Next Speaker at Visiting Writer Series
Events and Lectures

Callista BuchenFranklin College will welcome one of its own as the third speaker in the 2019-2020 Carlson-Stauffer Visiting Writer Series. Callista Buchen, creative writing professor and author, will speak on campus on Thursday, Nov. 7.  Her lecture and reading, “An Evening with Callista Buchen” will take place at 7 p.m. in Hamilton Auditorium in B.F. Hamilton Library.  The event is free and open to the public. 

Buchen released her first poetry collection, the culmination of eight years of creative research and reflection, this month. Look Look Look was released by Black Lawrence Press.

Buchen describes the collection of prose poems as a series “about the early days of motherhood and the challenges in those days.” She began drafting the poems when she was pregnant with her first child as an attempt to make sense of the uncertainty she experienced as a new mother. The title — Look Look Look — is her attempt to reconcile her personal history with the lack of visibility she said all mothers share.  

“What I was interested in was this idea of ‘seeing,’” Buchen said. “What would it mean to really see mothers, to really see myself and to feel seen during this time? I liked the idea that the book would ask readers for their attention.” 

Buchen previously published the chapbooks Double-Mouthed (2016) and The Bloody Planet (2015). Her poems have appeared in Harpur Palate, Puerto del Sol, Fourteen Hills and numerous other journals. In May 2019, her poem “Taking Care” was nominated to be included in the prestigious Orison Anthology. Amid her teaching schedule, Buchen directs Franklin College’s visiting writers reading series and advises Apogee, the student-led literary journal.

The Carlson-Stauffer Visiting Writer Series is made possible through a grant from Indiana Humanities in cooperation with the National Endowment for the Humanities.  The college recently renamed the series – previously known as the Creative Writing Reading Series – to honor two recently retired English professors, Kathy Carlson and Emily Stauffer.

Wild Geese Bookshop in Franklin will have copies of Look Look Look available for purchase at the event.

For more information, contact the Franklin College Office of Communications at (317) 738-8185.


POSTED Oct 25, 2019