WILSON, N.C. — Barton College will welcome poet David Rigsbee for the upcoming Victor R. Small Writers Series this spring semester. The program is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 7, at 7:30 p.m., and will be held in The Sam and Marjorie Ragan Writing Center on campus. This event is open to the public at no charge, and the community is invited to attend.

Rigsbee is the author of 18 books and chapbooks, including seven previous full-length collections of poems. His latest books, “The Red Tower: New & Selected Poems” and “The Pilot House,” a Black River Poetry Prize Chapbook, were published in 2010. In addition to his poems, he has also published critical works on Carolyn Kizer and Joseph Brodsky, whom he also translated. He has co-edited two anthologies, including “Invited Guest: An Anthology of Twentieth Century Southern Poetry,” a “notable book” selection of the American Library Association and the American Association of University Professors and featured on C-Span “Booknotes.”

His work has appeared in “The American Poetry Review,” “The Georgia Review,” “The Iowa Review,” “The New Yorker,” “The Iowa Review,” “The Ohio Review,” “Poetry,” “Prairie Schooner,” “The Sewanee Review,” “The Southern Review,”and many others. Winner of the Pound Prize and the Vachel Lindsay Award, he has also been recipient of fellowships and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, The Virginia Commission on the Arts, The Djerassi Foundation, and the Academy of American Poets. He is 2010 winner of the Sam Ragan Award for contribution to the arts in North Carolina. Rigsbee is currently contributing editor for The Cortland Review.

This program is sponsored by the Department of English and Modern Languages.  For additional information, please contact Dr. Jim Clark, chair of the Department of English and Modern Languages and the Elizabeth H. Jordan Endowed Chair for Southern Literature, at 252-399-6450 or email: jclark@barton.edu.

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Questions?  Please contact Kathy Daughety, director of public relations, at 252-399-6529 or email: kdaughety@barton.edu.