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Robert Watson

Late yesterday we learned of the passing of poet, novelist, and teacher Robert Watson, long of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Watson came to what was then the Woman’s College of North Carolina in 1953, and stayed until his retirement in 1987.  During that time he co-founded the renowned Greensboro Review, and helped to organize the school’s MFA program in creative writing; he also served as the program’s director.  When not re-shaping the literary culture of North Carolina as a teacher and editor, he wrote six poetry collections, two novels, and two plays.

storySouth has an excellent “In Memoriam” tribute on its home page, while Kathryn Stripling Byer remembers Bob on her blog.

One Comment

  1. June Milby wrote:

    I fitst met Bob and Betty Watson in 1967. Intense and intimidating at first glance, he had an intense love of life, a great sense of humour and was very kind. He and Fred Chappell were wonderfully kind to young and inexperienced women anxious to become writers and be accepted as “real” adults. The midwifery into adulthood was seemless and opened the door into lifelong friendships. In those adult friendships, the gentleness, kindness, intelligence and sensitivity shown by Bob and Betty became so important. Bob’s poetry, so powerful, had its own separate life displaying yet another facet of a complicated and good man. The world is lesser with his loss but greater because he lived among us. I will miss him deeply.

    Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Permalink

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