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Fortner Award winner to read at Forum

Laurinburg, N.C. – The 2011 Ethel N. Fortner Writer and Community Award Winner Dr. William Blackley will be the featured poet at the St. Andrews Presbyterian College Writers’ Forum Thursday.

Free and open to the public, this special Forum begins at 8 p.m. in the Carol Grotnes Belk Main Room.

“Not only is Dr. Blackley a talented poet himself, but he has also given his time, enthusiasm and professional experience to promote poetry in North Carolina,” said Dr. Ted Wojtasik, chair of the Fortner Awards Committee at St. Andrews. “Through his work as a member and as a past president of the North Carolina Poetry Society, he has fostered the reading, writing and enjoyment of poetry in North Carolina.”

Blackley is the co-founder and state director of the Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet Series. He is also a poet, physician, blues harp player and environmental health activist.

His poetry has been published in numerous journals and twice been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. He has been a volunteer poetry teacher and involved with Great Books for Juniors.

Blackley graduated from Dunn High School before receiving his B.A. in English Literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He then attended the UNC Chapel Hill School of Medicine where he earned his M.D. He completed his residency in family medicine at Duke University.

For more information about the Writers' Forum, creative writing at St. Andrews or the St. Andrews College Press, call 910-277-5310 or email press@sapc.edu.

About St. Andrews Presbyterian College

An innovative and bold academic venture, the distinctive character of St. Andrews has been marked by an interdisciplinary curriculum, a highly acclaimed college press, an award-winning pipe band, national champion equestrian teams, and first-rate scholarship. In addition to classes on the main campus, adult learners also choose the Center for Adult and Professional Studies opportunities through St. Andrews @ Sandhills and St. Andrews ONLINE.

On Aug. 29, 1958, the merger between Presbyterian Junior College and Flora Macdonald College became official with the formation of St. Andrews Presbyterian College in Laurinburg, N.C. Further information may be obtained by visiting the College's website www.sapc.edu, calling 800-763-0198 or sending an e-mail to info@sapc.edu.

 

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