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Congratulating Is Becoming a Habit

Still more congratulations are in order for yet another NC Writers’ Network member:

David Rigsbee will be the recipient of the 30th Annual Sam Ragan Award for Literature, to be presented this Thursday, February 4, at St. Andrews Presbyterian College.

The following is from the press release announcing the award:

“Three distinguished fine arts awards will be presented to the recipients of the 30th Annual Sam Ragan Fine Arts Awards at St. Andrews Presbyterian College on Feb. 4.

The honorees include Mary Louise ‘Mel’ Bringle for music, Arthur McDonald for art and David Rigsbee for literature.

‘Each year, we honor distinguished North Carolinians – past and present,’ said Ron Bayes, chair of the Ragan Awards Committee. ‘Honorees are persons who have, over a long period, been outstanding practitioners of their art, and who have selflessly shared their talent with other creators, working in their primary genre and beyond.’

. . . Rigsbee contributes to literature not only as a published poet, sporting 12 full books and two more in publication for 2010, but also as an editor. Rigsbee most recently served as contributing editor and regular book reviewer for The Cortland Review but has previously served as the St. Andrews Press and Poetry Editor for the St. Andrews Review and co-founded the New Delta Review at LSU. His poetry has appeared in The New Yorker, American Poetry Review, North Atlantic Review, Prairie Schooner, The Southern Poetry Review and The St. Andrews Review.

His awards for literature include the 2009 Black Lawrence Poetry Price, American Library Association notable university press book and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Virginia Commission on the Arts and the Pound Prize in Experimental Poetry.

Rigsbee is a professor of English at Mount Olive College. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia with areas of concentration in contemporary poetry and theory.

Following the presentation of the awards, Rigsbee will share some of his written works during the Fortner Writers’ Forum beginning at 8 p.m. in Orange Main Lounge. The forum is free and open to the public.

For more information, please call 910-277-5310.”

Congratulations, David.