Archive | February 2012

Alumni Updates

Gail Peck (poetry, ’87):  Gail’s book Counting the Lost was published in September by Main Street Rag.  Her essay, “In the Shadow of Beauty” is included in the online journal Connotation Press.  Her poems are forthcoming in Nimrod, Comstock Review, and elsewhere.

“A Name Like a Handcuff”

Reginald Dwayne Betts (poetry ’10) reads at

Reginald has received an NAACP Image Award and a Radcliffe Fellowship to Harvard University’s Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Studies.

He is the author of the poetry collection Shahid Reads His Own Palm (2010, Alice James Books) and A Question of Freedom: A Memoir of Learning, Survival, and Coming of Age in Prison (2009, Avery).

Reviews of Mark Doty and Dean Young’s “Art of” Installments

For the past five years, Graywolf Press has been releasing instructional titles under its Art of series, each pocket-sized guide an exploration of one writer’s thoughts on a “key, but sometimes neglected, aspect of creative writing.”

Jeremy Bass (poetry, 2010) reviews Warren Wilson faculty Mark Doty’s The Art of Recklessness: Poetry as Assertive Force and Contradiction and Dean Young’s The Art of Recklessness: Poetry as Assertive Force and Contradiction.


Read the review at KROnline.


Interview with C. Dale Young

Justin Bigos (poetry ’08) interviews faculty member C. Dale Young at The American Literary Review.

“As a physician, I am keenly aware of the words that come out of my mouth. I never lie to a patient, but always I must be aware that how I phrase something can have a remarkable impact on the person in front of me. To me, the poet has a responsibility to the poem. I don’t believe getting the draft down on paper is writing. To me, that is just getting the raw materials in front of you. The real work of writing is in what many call revision. I feel my responsibility is to sit with the draft and be open to possibilities. Many times, I want to just get the poem done. But poems are never really finished. And that desire to get it done quickly often forecloses greater possibilities for the poem. The only responsibility I feel as a poet is to sitting and being open, to really look and look again, which is exactly what revision means…

C. Dale is the author of Torn (2011, Four Way Press).  He blogs at Avoiding the Muse.

Alumni Updates

Faith S. Holsaert (fiction ’82):  Faith has a short sequence of poems forthcoming in So to Speak, a Feminist Journal of Language and Art, where she was selected by Claudia Rankine for an honorable mention in the journal’s poetry contest.  You can find an excerpt as well as her artist’s statement here.

Faith’s short story “Appalachian Mitzvah,” appeared in the December 2011 issue of Spittoon.  Faith also blogs at A Writer’s Work: an agitation of writing and reading.

Alumni Updates

Bob Ayres (Poetry ’93):  Bob’s first collection of poems, Shadow of Wings, will be published this spring by Main Street Rag Publishing Company as part of its Author’s Choice Chapbook Series.  The manuscript was recommended for the series by fellow alum Gail Peck (poetry ’87).

Four Way Books Poetry Prize

The 2012 Four Way Books Intro Prize in Poetry is open through March 31. The contest is open to any poet writing in English who has not already published a book-length collection.  The 2012 contest will be judged by poet D.A Powell.

Jennifer Wisner Kelly in Poets and Writers Magazine

The March/April 2012 issue of Poets and Writers Magazine will carry an article by Warren Wilson graduate Jennifer Wisner Kelly titled, “Why We Write: The Tax Man Cometh.”  From Poets and Writers:

As if rejections from literary magazines weren’t enough, the ultimate rejection (with an eight-thousand-dollar invoice to boot) comes from the IRS. Contributor Jennifer Wisner Kelly chronicles what it takes to be a Writer in the eyes of Uncle Sam.


Jennifer’s first published story is forthcoming in the Greensboro Review.

Kevin McIlvoy in The Collagist

New work by Warren Wilson faculty member Kevin McIlvoy appears in The Collagist: Online Literature from Dzanc Books.

When will we speak of Jesus?

So you’re The New Silence.       You’re going to like the job: the band kids, those kids are great, you’re going to love them       and how they love you no matter what, and the fans, you’re going to like them, and if all goes well they’re going to laugh at you –       it’s real cruel and real       connecting.           You’re going to like all of the really, really good nothing that comes with this job.  As the retiring Silence I’m glad to offer some thoughts.  It used to be that I didn’t manage transition, I was transition-averse, and at a time like this in which I’d lost the best job I ever had I would lose some reception, kind of like a TV set.       I’m just not that way anymore, I don’t lose reception, I’m on day and night, I’ve got volume.       It’s why I lost the job as The Silence – well, you know that.              The band director asked me to keep this email orientation short.  I said I would meet with you in person.  He said NOT.           I get that.      I get that.  I do.             (Continue reading…)

Alan Shapiro on NPR

Set your alarm clocks!  Warren Wilson faculty member and poet Alan Shapiro will appear on National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition” this Sunday, February 19th.

Alan’s most recent works are Night of the Republic (2012, Harcourt) and Broadway Baby (2012, Algonquin)