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Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poets Series seeking submissions

Laurinburg, N.C. – Entries are now being accepted for the 2011-2012 Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poets Series.

Created by the North Carolina Poetry Society, the program provides promising student poets at the middle school, high school, college/university and adult level the opportunity to work with a distinguished published poet.

Each student selected in the Central Region will have the opportunity to work with the Distinguished Poet Ann Deagon. Students will send their poetry to her for comments and suggestions, will meet with her to discuss the work, and will then read selected poems at one local venue and also at the Central Regional Reading, hosted by St. Andrews Presbyterian College in Laurinburg, NC.

The Central Region includes 32 counties including Alamance, Cumberland, Durham, Lee, Mecklenburg, Montgomery, Moore, Richmond, Robeson, Scotland and Union.

Deagon began her serious writing in 1970 and published Carbon 14 and Poetics South in 1974. In successive years she published Indian Summer, Women and Children First, and There is No Balm in Birmingham.

Deagon edited The Guilford Review from 1976 – 1984 and she worked to broaden the scope of the Poetry Center of the Southeast through her National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) Literary Fellowship in 1982. That work laid the foundation for the North Carolina Writers’ Network, for which Deagon still does critiques. She has served as president of several literary organizations and did residencies at Bread Loaf, Yaddo, Atlantic Center for the Arts and Weymouth.

She graduated magna cum laude from Birmingham-Southern. She received an M.A. in Greek and her Ph.D. in Latin from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She taught at Furman University and retired as the Hege Professor of Humanities at Guilford College in 1992. She has taught overseas in Naples, Athens and London as well as served as visiting professor at Elon College and Kalamazoo College.

To enter the Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poets Series, each student must submit an application form available at http://www.sleepycreek.org/poetry/dpsappstudent.htm, a personal statement, representative poetry, and an instructor’s recommendation. All information is available online at www.ncpoetrysociety.org. The deadline for entry is October 14.

Material can be submitted electronically to Dr. Ted Wojtasik at wojtasik@sapc.edu or mailed to Dr. Ted Wojtasik, Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poets Series, St. Andrews Presbyterian College, 1700 Dogwood Mile, Laurinburg, NC 28352.

The Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poets Series originated in 2003 upon the advice of then North Carolina Poet Laureate Fred Chappell. It is named after Chappell and former NCPS president Marie Gilbert.

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