Poet Marjorie Maddox Visits Campus

by Will Duncan, Public Relations Writer

Marjorie Maddox, an acclaimed poet and prolific writer, will visit Cedarville University’s campus on Thursday, March 12, for a poetry reading. The reading will take place at 7 p.m. in the Center for Biblical and Theological Studies Room 115.

A graduate of Cornell University, Wheaton University and the University of Louisville, Maddox currently works as the director of creative writing and professor of English at Lock Haven University. She has published nine collections of poetry, eight children’s books and more than 450 stories, poems and essays in journals and anthologies. 

“As a Wheaton College alumna and Christian, Maddox demonstrates for our students how they can hold fast to their faith and pursue publishing in literary venues,” said Julie Moore, associate professor of literature.

Maddox will begin her day at Cedarville by joining creative writing students for lunch before participating in a podcast interview conducted by Isaac Mayeux, assistant director of the writing center. Maddox will continue by conducting a master-class at 3 p.m. in Tyler 106 for students interested in learning about writing. 

“Visits of this sort are value added to a CU education, and we hope they help to foster appreciation of and participation in contemporary culture,” said Kevin Heath, chair of the department of English, literature and modern languages. 

Over the years, Maddox has acquired many honors including Cornell’s Chasen Award, the 2000 Paumanok Poetry Award, an Academy of American Poets Prize, a Bread Loaf Scholarship, Pushcart Prize nominations in both fiction and poetry, and Lock Haven University’s Honors Professor of the Year. 

Maddox also happens to be the grandniece of Branch Rickey, the previous owner of the Brooklyn Dodgers who broke the color barrier by signing Jackie Robinson to his team. Maddox’s writing is sometimes influenced by baseball, including “Rules of the Game: Baseball Poems” and “When the Wood Clacks Out Your Name.”

Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University is an accredited, Christ-centered, Baptist institution with an enrollment of 3,620 undergraduate, graduate and online students in more than 100 areas of study. Founded in 1887, Cedarville is recognized nationally for its authentic Christian community, rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings and leading student satisfaction ratings.