CSU's Carson McCullers Center Welcomes Nick Norwood as New Director

Columbus State University has selected Dr. Nick Norwood, an award-winning poet and Professor of English at CSU, as director of the university's Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians.

Norwood is an established and distinguished poet with four published collections. His first book, The Soft Blare, selected by Andrew Hudgins for the River City Publishing Poetry Series, was issued in 2003. His second book, A Palace for the Heart, a finalist for the Mellen Press Poetry Contest 2002, was published in 2004. The limited edition, fine press book, Wrestle (in collaboration with the artist and master printer Erika Adams), was published in 2007. Most recently, in 2010, his third full volume of poems, Gravel and Hawk, won the Hollis Summers Prize in Poetry and was published by Ohio University Press in 2012.

Beyond these four collections, Norwood’s poetry has appeared in many journals, including The Paris Review, Southwest Review, Western Humanities Review, Southwestern American Literature, The Wallace Stevens Journal, Shenandoah, Southern Poetry Review, Pleiades, Ekphrasis, Poetry Daily, The New Ohio Review, the PBS News Hour site Art Beat, and on NPR’s Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor. He has received numerous awards for his work, including an International Merit Award in Poetry from Atlanta Review, both a Tennessee Williams Scholarship and a Walter E. Dakin Fellowship from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, twice been a finalist for the Vassar Miller Prize, once each a semifinalist for the Verse Prize and the “Discovery”/The Nation Prize, and a finalist in the Morton Marr Poetry Contest. Norwood has also published a number of essays and critical studies of poetry, and he has been the sole poet representing the United States at the Euroscience Open Forum’s session “Science Meets Poetry” on three separate occasions.

Dr. Norwood is also an award-winning teacher who has served as the co-director of the European Council-Ireland program and taught in study abroad programs in Oxford, England, and Schwäbisch Gmund, Germany. At CSU, he has been a recipient of The Literary Sage Award and an annual Teacher of Writing Award, and he has been a finalist for the Educator of the Year Award and for the Regent’s Teaching Award.

As a Professor of Creative Writing in the English Department, Norwood has maintained close ties with the Carson McCullers Center since its inception in 2002. Norwood has been involved in many aspects of the Center’s programming operations, including service on the selection panel for the Marguerite and Lamar Smith Writing Fellowship; the reinstitution of CSU’s membership in the Georgia Poetry Circuit in 2004; faculty for the New York Comparative Arts Program (2007, 2012). He also served as director of the Southern Literary Festival in 2013, which was co-sponsored by the Carson McCullers Center and brought acclaimed writers Tim O’Brien and Natasha Trethewey to CSU.

“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to serve as director of the McCullers Center,” says Norwood. “The house in Nyack, New York, has the potential to earn Columbus State a kind of nationwide recognition it’s never had before. I envision the McCullers Center’s becoming the university’s major hub of creative endeavor.”

To learn more about Nick Norwood and CSU’s Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians, please visit the website: www.mccullerscenter.org.