WILSON, N.C. – March 10, 2015 — Barton College will welcome poets Dorianne Laux and Joseph Millar for the upcoming Victor R. Small Writers Series Lecture this spring semester. The program is scheduled for Tuesday, March 17, at 7:30 p.m. 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.
Laux’s recent books of poems are “The Book of Men,” winner of the Paterson Poetry Prize and the Roanoke-Chowan Award for Poetry, and “Facts about the Moon,” recipient of the Oregon Book Award. She also is the author of “Awake,” “Smoke,” and “What We Carry,” which was a finalist for the National Book Critic’s Circle Award. Her work has received three Best American Poetry prizes, and Laux has been awarded a Pushcart Prize, two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. A founding faculty member at Pacific University’s Low Residency Master of Fine Arts program, she teaches poetry and directs the Master of Fine Arts program at North Carolina State University.
Millar’s first poetry collection, “Overtime,” was a finalist for the 2001 Oregon Book Award. His second collection, “Fortune,” appeared in 2007, and his third, “Blue Rust,” in 2012. After growing up in Pennsylvania and attending Johns Hopkins University, Millar worked a variety of jobs in the San Francisco Bay area, from telephone repairman to commercial fisherman. His work records the narrative of a life fully lived among fathers, sons, brothers, daughters, weddings, and divorce. A recipient of a Pushcart Prize as well as fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, Millar teaches in Pacific University’s Low Residency Master of Fine Arts program.
For more information, please contact Dr. Rebecca Godwin, director of The Sam and Marjorie Ragan Writing Center, at (252) 399-6364 or firstname.lastname@example.org.