UNCG Poetry Day

11:00 AM, Thursday, April 11, 2013
UNCG Faculty Center
Festival

The UNCG MFA Writing Program, The Greensboro Review, and storySouth will host a day-long celebration of poetry on Thursday, April 11th in the UNCG Faculty Center. The events will include readings by UNCG’s graduate and undergraduate poets as well as featured readings by Dan Albergotti, Mark J. Brewin, Jr., Thorpe Moeckel, Elizabeth Lindsey Rogers, L. Lamar Wilson, and Jacinta Victoria White. All events are free and open to the public.

Full Schedule:

11:00 am - A reading by UNCG’s MFA Writing Program 1st-year Poets

1:00 pm - Mark J. Brewin, Jr., Elizabeth Lindsey Rogers, Jacinta Victoria White, and L. Lamar Wilson

3:30 pm - A reading by UNCG’s Advanced Undergraduate Poetry Workshop

5:00 pm - Nathaniel Perry, Dan Albergotti, and Thorpe Moeckel

Dan Albergotti's first full-length collection of poems, The Boatloads, was selected by Edward Hirsch as the winner of the 2007 A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize from BOA Editions and published in April 2008. His poems have appeared in The Cincinnati Review, Mid-American Review, Shenandoah, The Southern Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review, and other journals. His chapbook, Charon's Manifest, won the 2005 Randall Jarrell/Harperprints Chapbook Competition, and one of his poems was reprinted in Best New Poets 2005. His poem "Things to Do in the Belly of the Whale" won the 2005 Oneiros Press Poetry Broadside Contest and was printed in a limited letterpress edition in March 2007. He has been a scholar at the Sewanee and Bread Loaf writers' conferences and a fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. In spring 2008 his poem "What They're Doing" was selected for a Pushcart Prize. A graduate of the MFA program at UNC Greensboro and former poetry editor of The Greensboro Review, he currently edits the online journal Waccamaw (www.waccamawjournal.com) and teaches creative writing and literature courses at Coastal Carolina University.

Mark Jay Brewin, Jr. is a graduate of the MFA program of Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.  His poems have been published or are forthcoming in numerous journals including Southern Poetry Review, Iron Horse Literary Review, The Hollins Critic, Los Angeles Review, Copper Nickel, New Madrid, Poet Lore, North American Review, Greensboro Review, Southern Humanities Review, Prairie Schooner and elsewhere.  They have also placed as finalist in the Guy Owen Poetry Prize, the 2011 Third Coast Poetry Prize and the New Letters Literary Award Contest, won the Yellowwood Poetry Contest at the Yalobusha Review, as well as been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. His first book manuscript Scrap Iron won the 2012 Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize at the University of Utah Press and will be available in the 2013 Spring catalog. Mark is currently the Poetry Editor for the online publication Saxifrage Press.

Thorpe Moeckel is the author of three poetry collections, the most recent, Venison, was published by Etruscan Press in 2010. Making a Map of the River was published by Iris Press in spring 2008, and his first book of poems, Odd Botany, winner of the Gerald Cable Award, was published in 2002 by Silverfish Review Press. Chapbooks include Meltlines and The Guessing Land. Recent work appears or is forthcoming in Verse, Orion, Shenandoah, Open City,Rivendell, Virginia Quarterly Review, and Field. After years guiding trips on rivers and trails in the Appalachians, he earned an MFA in 2002 at University of Virginia, where he was a Jacob K. Javits and Henry Hoyns Fellow. A former Kenan Visiting Writer at UNC-Chapel Hill, Moeckel was awarded a 2010 National Endowment for the Arts Literary Fellowship in poetry. He teaches in the writing program at Hollins University, and lives with his wife and children in Western Virginia.

Nathaniel Perry’s first book of poems, Nine Acres, won the 2011 APR/Honickman First Book prize, judged by Marie Howe. Nine Acres is written in meter and rhyme. Each poem is constructed of four stanzas in tetrameter—an approach not found in abundance in today’s poetry journals. Second, the poems are all from the point of view of a single speaker and take their titles from the chapters of a 1935 farming handbook by M.G. Kains called Five Acres and Independence. That book came to Perry as a gift from a friend who was encouraging him in his own gardening endeavors. Perry was born in Georgia and now teaches at Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia where he also edits the Hampden-Sydney Poetry Review.

Elizabeth Lindsey Rogers is the author of Chord Box, a finalist for the Miller Williams Prize. Her poems appear in Crazyhorse, Field, Prairie Schooner, Agni Online, Crab Orchard Review, Seneca Review, POOL, Kenyon Review Online, Asheville Poetry Review, StorySouth, on Poetry Daily, and others. Born and raised near Greensboro, NC, Rogers was educated in the public schools and trained as both a dancer and musician.  She received her B.A. from Oberlin College in Creative Writing and Dance in 2007 and an MFA in Creative Writing from Cornell University in 2011.  She was also an Oberlin Shansi Fellow from 2007-2009 at Shanxi Agricutural University (山西农业大学) in Taigu, China, where she taught English and dance. From 2011-2012, she was a Freund Lecturer of English at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. Currently, Rogers is one of the two inaugural fellows at The Kenyon Review, where she writes, edits, and teaches. She divides her time between rural Ohio and Chicago.

L. Lamar Wilson is the author of Sacrilegion, winner of the 2012 Carolina Wren Press Poetry Series. He has poems published or forthcoming in journals and anthologies such as jubilat, African American Review, Callaloo, Rattle, Vinyl, The 100 Best African-American Poems and A Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poetry. He’s the winner of the 2011 Beau Boudreaux Poetry Prize and was twice a finalist for the New Letters Poetry Prize. He is working toward a PhD in English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, studying 20th-century African-American and Caribbean poetics. He has presented scholarship at the Association for the Study of African-American Life and History Convention in Raleigh, as well as at other conferences. He holds an MFA in writing from Virginia Tech and has been a graduate fellow at Cave Canem.