Professor of English Bruce Bennett Retirement Reading

Lauded poet and longtime professor of English will read from his poetry, including work published in a new chapbook “Swimming in a Watering Can."




7:00 pm


Art Exhibit Room, Macmillan Hall

General Info

Wells College Professor of English Bruce Bennett has announced a special public reading of his poetry to mark his upcoming retirement from the College. The reading will take place at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, March 20 in the Art Exhibit Room of Macmillan Hall on the Wells College campus. Admission is free, and all are welcome to attend.

Professor Bruce Bennett recently announced his retirement after teaching at Wells for forty-one years. In addition to teaching creative writing and American and British literature courses, Bennett is the author of nine books of poetry and more than twenty-five poetry chapbooks. In 2013 he received a Pushcart Prize for his work.

To commemorate his career as a teacher and poet, Professor Bennett will be reading selections from his poetry, including from a new chapbook “Swimming in a Watering Can,” recently released by FootHills Publishing. This is the 8th release of Bennett’s work by FootHills, and FootHills founder and publisher Michael Czarnecki will be present at the reading.

Bennett has been an essential part of the literature and creative writing program at Wells since 1973. He has served as chair of the college’s English department as well as dedicating his time to managing the College’s Visiting Writers Series, a popular program that has brought hundreds of notable writers to Wells including Mary Oliver, Lucille Clifton, X. J. Kennedy and Leslie Norris. Bennett was a founding director of the Wells Book Arts Center and a director of the Wells Press.

Bennett was a founding editor of the magazines Field: Contemporary Poetry and Poetics and Ploughshares and associate editor at State Street Press. He has reviewed contemporary poetry for the New York Times Book Review, The Nation and Harvard Review.

He considers his job at Wells to be "one of the best jobs a writer can have."