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Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poetry reading closes out spring forum

Laurinburg, N.C. - The 2013 Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poets Series Central Region Reading will close out the spring semester Writers’ Forum at St. Andrews University.

The reading, featuring Distinguished Poet Ann Deagon and student poets Catherine Stumberg and Tori Reynolds, will take place Thursday at 8 p.m. in DeTamble Library as part of National Library Week.

Stumberg is a senior at St. Andrews University and will graduate in May with a degree in Biology and a minor in Creative Writing. She is the 2013 student editor of the University’s literary magazine, Gravity Hill. She spends her spare time outside riding horses, hunting and doing biological research, all of which are reflected in her writing.

Reynolds holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Duke University and lives in Durham. She is a regular member of a Triangle-based poetry group, the Poet Fools. She has poems published in Sow’s Ear, Pinesong, and this year received a prize in the NC Poetry Society’s Gladys Owings Hughes Heritage Poetry Contest. She also has a poem in 27 Views of Durham published by Eno River Press. In 2012, she did a month-long residency for poetry at the Vermont Studio Center.

Deagon is in her second year as the Central Region Distinguished Poet. She 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 until 1984 and 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, the 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.

Created by the North Carolina Poetry Society, the program provides promising student poets at all levels the opportunity to work with a distinguished published poet. 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.

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

For more information about the Writers' Forum, creative writing or the St. Andrews Press, call 910-277-5310, email press@sapc.edu or visit the website at www.sapc.edu.

About St. Andrews University

St. Andrews is a student and teaching-focused University which offers a broad range of undergraduate majors in a curriculum that is global in scope and practical in its application. St. Andrews has added a first graduate level program with a Masters in Business Administration. The quality of the St. Andrews educational experience has been recognized by U.S. News and World Report, The Princeton Review, and GI Jobs among others. In addition to its academic programs, the University has an acclaimed university press, men’s and women’s athletic teams, a nationally competitive equestrian program, and an award-winning pipe band. St. Andrews is a branch of Webber International University, Florida. Further information may be obtained by visiting the University’s website www.sapc.edu, calling 800-763-0198, or sending an e-mail to info@sapc.edu.


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