Wor-Wic Community College is honored to host Carmen Gillespie as the college’s keynote poet for National Poetry Month, continuing our 2018-2019 “Year of the Arts” celebration.
Join us for an informal poetry talk will take place from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m., followed by Professor Gillespie’s reading from 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Carmen Gillespie is a professor of English and director and founder of the Griot Institute for Africana Studies at Bucknell University. In addition to many individual scholarly articles and poem publications, she is the author of the literary critical works, A Critical Companion to Toni Morrison (2007), A Critical Companion to Alice Walker (2011), and is the editor of Toni Morrison: Forty Years in the Clearing (2012). Carmen has also published a poetry chapbook, Lining the Rails (2008) and three poetry collections, Jonestown: A Vexation, which won the 2011 Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Prize, and The Blue Black Wet of Wood (2016), the winner of Two Sylvia’s Wilder Series Poetry Prize, and The Ghosts of Monticello: A Recitatif (2017), which was the winner of the 2016 Stillhouse Press Prize for Poetry. The Ghosts of Monticello: A Recitatif was a nominee for the 2018 Library of Virginia Poetry Award. Carmen’s awards include an Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship for Excellence in Poetry and grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Mellon Foundation, the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. She is a Cave Canem Fellow and a Fulbright scholar. Essence magazine named Carmen one of its 40 favorite poets in commemoration of the magazine’s 40th anniversary.
This event is free and open to the public as part of the 9th Annual Echoes & Visions Reading Series. It is made possible by the generous funding provided by the Arts & Humanities Department, the Cultural Diversity Committee, and a grant from Maryland Humanities.
|When||Friday, April 12, 2019 6:00 PM—9:30 PM|