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Spring Conference News

The 2009 NCWN Spring Conference is only two days away.  Registration is still open, but please note that all of our fiction workshops are now full.

Meanwhile, in this morning’s Shelf Awareness I saw some good news for the keynote speaker from last year’s Spring Conference:

“Linda Gregg won the $50,000 Jackson Poetry Prize, which honors “an American poet of exceptional talent who has published at least one book of recognized literary merit but has not yet received major national acclaim,” according to Poets & Writers magazine, which sponsors the prize. Gregg’s books, including her most recent collection, All of It Singing, are published by Graywolf Press.

“The judges for this year’s award–Brenda Hillman, Edward Hirsch and Charles Simic–described Gregg’s poems as ‘charting human emotion at its most risky, leading the reader at times into a metaphysical or mystical utterance, and at times into a plain-spoken observation of a human world. Her poems are wise and beautiful.'”

Congratulations, Linda.

One Comment

  1. Coppie Green wrote:

    I’m glad you passed along the notice of Linda’s winning the $50,000 Jackson Poetry Prize. I met Linda in 1986 when she was a featured visiting poet at the Midnight Sun Writers’ Conference at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks, where I was then teaching/living. She is a dear friend and colleague, and we re-unite (I returned South) every time she is in residence at UNC-G, Elon, UNC-G again, etc. What I am hoping is that the Network could sponsor her as a poet in residence, maybe in conjunction with one or some of the nearby universities (UNC,Duke,UNC-G, NC State, for instance.) Could something like this be possible? Her keynote Poetry Reading at last year’s Spring Conference was so very fine,indicative of her power as a poet and teacher. Lots of people would be glad to experience her poetry and guidance again, and those new to her and her work would gain some very rich insight into poetry, both as writers and readers of the art. I’m just sayin… that I LOVE this idea. What do you think?

    Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at 11:47 pm | Permalink

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