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B. Christopher Bothe, 1950-1984

B. Christopher Bothe

Christopher Bothe, a member of the Western Maryland College Class of 1972, was a poet, an award-winning journalist, and a printer who died in 1984. The annual B. Christopher Bothe Memorial Lecture brings a visiting writer to campus for one day to meet with student writers in and out of class and give a public reading/lecture. Bothe's family and friends endowed the lecture in his memory in 1987.

Bothe Lecture Collection

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1987 John Wheatcroft – poet, playwright, novelist, short story writer

1988 Dave Smith – poet, short story writer, novelist, essayist

1989William Heyen – poet, critic, teacher, editor, short story writer

1990 Ellen Bryant Voight – poet, teacher

1991 Josephine Jacobsen – poet, short story writer, critic

1992 Philip Levine – poet, teacher, translator

1993 Nina Cassian – poet, fiction writer

1994 Conrad Hilberry – poet, editor, teacher

1995 Mary Swander – poet, essayist, teacher

1996 Roland Flint – poet, teacher

1997 Eleanor Wilner – poet, teacher

1998 John Douglas, WMC ’69 – writer

1998 Eric Byrd, WMC ’93 – musician

1999 Jean Valentine – poet, teacher

2000 Henry Taylor – poet, teacher

2001 Michael Collier – poet, editor, teacher

2002 Stanley Plumly – poet, essayist, teacher

2003 Steven Dunn – poet, teacher

2004 Ethelbert Miller – poet, professor, editor

2005 Ann Townsend – poet, teacher

2006 Rodney Jones – poet, teacher

2007 Josephine Dickinson – poet

2008 Stephen Tapscott – poet, translator

2009 Barbara Hurd – poet, essayist

2010 Mary Jo Salter – poet, essayist

2011 Billy Collins – poet, editor

2012 Claudia Emerson – poet

2013 Lia Purpura – poet, essayist

2014 Eric Pankey – poet, visual artist

2015 Carol Frost – poet

2016 Kathy Mangan – poet, teacher

2017 Gary J. Whitehead – poet

2018 Karen Meadows, WMC '99 & Melissa Atkinson Mercer, McD '10 – poets

2019  Jan Beatty  poet, professor, radio host

2020  Barbara Hamby & David Kirby  poets, professors CANCELED