McCullers Center Joins Georgia Poetry Circuit

Columbus State Universitys Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians has joined the Georgia Poetry Circuit. As a result, the center will host readings and workshops by nationally leading poets Robert Wrigley, Larissa Szporluk and Albert Goldbarth during the 2005-06 school year.

Each year circuit members select three individuals to give workshops and readings at member institutions that include the University of Georgia, Berry College, Georgia Perimeter College, Brenau University, Georgia Southern, Mercer, Macon State, and Valdosta State.

Wrigley, the first of the touring poets, presented a reading at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16 in CSUs International House at 6 Clearview Circle. He has authored five books of poetry and received awards from the National Endowment of the Arts and the Idaho Commission on the Arts. He also has earned the Richard Hugo Memorial Award for Poetry, the Frederick Bock Prize from Poetry Magazine and two Pushcart Prizes.

Goldbarth will visit CSU Jan. 27. An author of 20 books of poetry, he is known for his often wildly comic, often acerbic pyrotechnical creations. He has received numerous awards and fellowships, including two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and two Voertman Poetry Awards from the Texas Institute of Letters. His 1975 collection Jan.31 was nominated for the National Book Award.

Szporluk will appear at CSU April 5 (during National Poetry Month). A creative writing and literature professor at Bowling Green State University (Ohio), she has authored three collections of poetry: Dark Sky Question (1998), winner of the Barnard Poetry Prize; Isolato (2000), winner of the Iowa Poetry Prize and The Wind, Master Cherry, the Wind (2003). Szporluk received a Rona Jaffe Writers Award in 1998, and her poems have been anthologized in Best American Poetry 1999, Best of Beacon 1999, New American Voices, and Young American Poets. She also received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in 2003.

For more information, contact McCullers Center director Cathy Fussell at 568-2054.