News Release: Gary J. Whitehead delivers annual Bothe Poetry Reading at McDaniel

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February 27, 2017

Feb. 27, 2017

Contact: Cheryl Knauer



Bothe Poetry Reading takes place Tuesday, March 28, at 7:30 p.m. in McDaniel Lounge 

The event is free and open to the public 

WESTMINSTER, Md. – American poet Gary J. Whitehead delivers the 31st annual Bothe Poetry Reading at McDaniel College, 2 College Hill, Westminster, Md. Free and open to the public, the reading takes place Tuesday, March 28, at 7:30 p.m., in McDaniel Lounge. McDaniel’s English department organizes this annual event. 

Whitehead is a poet, painter, teacher and crossword constructor. His poetry books include “The Velocity of Dust” published in 2004, “Measuring Cubits while the Thunder Claps” published in 2008 and “A Glossary of Chickens” published in 2013. He is also the author of three chapbooks of poetry, two of which have been award winners at national competitions. His poems have also appeared in major publications, including “The New Yorker” and “The Beloit Poetry Journal.”

He has been recognized with multiple awards, including the PEN Northwest Margery Davis Boyden Wilderness Writing Residency Award, the Sow’s Ear Press Chapbook Award, a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship and the Pearl Hogrefe Fellowship at Iowa State University. He has also participated in the Princeton Poetry Festival and the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival.

In addition, Whitehead’s crossword puzzles have been published in The New York Times, USA Today and the Los Angeles Times, as well as Games magazine. His oil paintings also appear in private and corporate collections.  

He resides in the Hudson Valley of New York, teaching English and creative writing at Tenafly High School in New Jersey, where he has helped grow the creative writing program by encouraging students to participate in poetry programs such as Poetry Out Loud and the Dodge Poets Visit—a program that invites writers to share their experiences with students. 

The annual B. Christopher Bothe Memorial Lecture brings a distinguished visiting writer to McDaniel’s campus for one day to meet with student writers and to give a public reading and lecture. B. Christopher Bothe, a member of the class of 1972, was a poet, award-winning journalist, and printer who died in 1984. Bothe’s family and friends developed the lecture in his memory in 1987.

For more information, call 410-857-2530. Visit for more information about McDaniel College.    

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Editor’s Notes:  Image of Gary J. Whitehead is available for download

In addition to the Bothe Poetry Reading on Tuesday, March 28, Gary J. Whitehead will meet with students enrolled in the Creative Writing–Poetry courses at McDaniel taught by English professor Kathy Mangan from 3–4:30 p.m. Contact Cheryl Knauer, director of media relations, at 410-857-2294 or if interested in attending the class. 

Additional information: Requests for interpreters are welcome and can be made up to one week prior to the event by contacting Other accommodation requests can be directed to Conference Services at 410-857-2212.

McDaniel College, founded in 1867 and nationally recognized as one of 40 “Colleges That Change Lives,” is a four-year, independent college of the liberal arts and sciences offering more than 70 undergraduate programs of study, including dual and student-designed majors, plus 25 highly regarded graduate programs. Its personalized, interdisciplinary, global curriculum and student-faculty collaboration develop the unique potential in every student. A diverse, student-centered community of 1,600 undergraduates and 1,400 graduate students, McDaniel offers access to the resources of Baltimore and Washington, D.C., and is the only American college with a European campus in Budapest, Hungary. 

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