Dr. Jim Clark Moderates Poetry Workshop

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WILSON, NC – The Eastern North Carolina Literary Homecoming and the North Carolina Poetry Society (NCPS) present “The Voice of Nature” poetry-writing workshop moderated by Dr. Jim Clark, chair of the Department of English and Modern Languages and Elizabeth H. Jordan Chair of Southern Literature at Barton College.  The workshop will be held on October 15, 2011, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in The Sam and Marjorie Ragan Writing Center on the Barton College campus. The event is free, but attendance is limited to 15 participants.  Participation in the event includes a critique of each participants’ single one-page poem (preferably nature themed).  In addition, brown-bag lunches and beverages will […]

“The Sound of Poets Cooking” and “Fleur-de-Lisa” to be featured at Barton on April 23rd

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WILSON, N.C. — On Saturday, April 23, The Sam and Marjorie Ragan Writing Center on the campus of Barton College will host a poetry reading, followed by a concert by the female vocal harmony quartet Fleur-de-Lisa. The program will begin at 2 p.m. Following the reading and musical performance, a free poetry workshop will be offered for poets of all levels, fledgling poets and veteran poets alike. The event is free of charge, and the community is invited to attend. Attendees are invited to bring one or more cans of food to share with Hope Station, Wilson’s local food pantry. Five poets, Richard Krawiec, Debra Kaufman, Lynn Veach Sadler, Jim Clark, […]

Barton’s 2011 Creative Writing Symposium Scheduled for March 21

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WILSON, NC – Barton is pleased to announce the 15th annual Barton College Creative Writing Symposium, “A Celebration of Writing at Barton College,” scheduled for Monday, March 21. Featured poets and authors include Sally Logan, David T. Manning, Charles Blackburn, Jr., and special guest, Brandon Sneed, Barton College Class of 2009. All events will be held in The Sam and Marjorie Ragan Writing Center at no charge, and the public is invited to attend. The day’s activities will begin at 11 a.m. with “Student Writing at Barton College in 2011:  Presentation and Open Mike Session,” which will be hosted by the Barton College English Club and the editors of the […]

Barton Professor Jim Clark Releases Second Solo CD

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Wilson, N.C. – Jim Clark, the Elizabeth H. Jordan Professor of Southern Literature at Barton College, has released his second solo CD exploring the connection between poetry and music.  The CD, “The Service of Song,” features Clark’s musical settings of twelve poems by north Georgia “farmer-poet” Byron Herbert Reece (1917-1958). Reece, a mountain farmer from Choestoe, Ga., published four highly regarded books of poems and two novels during the 1940s and 1950s after being discovered by Kentucky writer Jesse Stuart.  Tragically, he took his own life at the age of forty.  Building on the strengths of his first CD of original poetry and Appalachian folk songs, “Buried Land,” Clark infuses […]