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Central Region Distinguished Poets preparing for reading

The 2013 Central Region Gilbert Chapel Distinguished Poet Series student poets Catherine Stumberg and Tori Reynolds have begun work with Distinguished Poet Ann Deagon in preparation for spring poetry readings.

The readings, which are free and open to the public, will take place in local public libraries in a program sponsored by the North Carolina Center for the Book. While a date is not yet set for Reynolds’ reading, Stumberg will join Deagon Sunday, April 7 at 3 p.m. at the Tannenbaum-Sternberger Room of the Central Library in Greensboro.

A final reading will take place April 18 at 8 p.m. in the DeTamble Library at St. Andrews University, Laurinburg, with all three poets sharing their work.

Stumberg is a senior at St. Andrews University and will graduate in May with a degree in Biology and a minor in Creative Writing. She is currently working under Dr. Ted Wojtasik as the student editor of the University’s literary magazine, Gravity Hill. She spends her spare time outside riding horses, hunting and doing biological research, all of which are reflected in her writing.

Reynolds holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Duke University and lives in Durham. She is a regular member of a Triangle-based poetry group, the Poet Fools. She has poems published in Sow’s Ear, Pinesong, and this year received a prize in the NC Poetry Society’s Gladys Owings Hughes Heritage Poetry Contest. She also has a poem in 27 Views of Durham published by Eno River Press. In 2012, she did a month-long residency for poetry at the Vermont Studio Center.

Deagon is in her second year as the Central Region Distinguished Poet. She began her serious writing in 1970 and published Carbon 14 and Poetics South in 1974. In successive years she published Indian Summer, Women and Children First, and There is No Balm in Birmingham.
Deagon edited The Guilford Review from 1976 until 1984 and worked to broaden the scope of the Poetry Center of the Southeast through her National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) Literary Fellowship in 1982. That work laid the foundation for the North Carolina Writers’ Network, for which Deagon still does critiques. She has served as president of several literary organizations and did residencies at Bread Loaf, Yaddo, the Atlantic Center for the Arts, and Weymouth.

She graduated magna cum laude from Birmingham-Southern. She received an M.A. in Greek and her Ph.D. in Latin from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She taught at Furman University and retired as the Hege Professor of Humanities at Guilford College in 1992. She has taught overseas in Naples, Athens and London as well as served as visiting professor at Elon College and Kalamazoo College.

Created by the North Carolina Poetry Society, the program provides promising student poets at all levels the opportunity to work with a distinguished published poet. The Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poets Series originated in 2003 upon the advice of then North Carolina Poet Laureate Fred Chappell. It is named after Chappell and former NCPS president Marie Gilbert.

The Central Region includes 32 counties including Alamance, Cumberland, Durham, Lee, Mecklenburg, Montgomery, Moore, Richmond, Robeson, Scotland and Union.

About St. Andrews University

St. Andrews is a student and teaching-focused University which offers a broad range of undergraduate majors in a curriculum that is global in scope and practical in its application. St. Andrews has added a first graduate level program with a Masters in Business Administration. The quality of the St. Andrews educational experience has been recognized by U.S. News and World Report, The Princeton Review, and GI Jobs among others. In addition to its academic programs, the University has an acclaimed university press, men’s and women’s athletic teams, a nationally competitive equestrian program, and an award-winning pipe band. St. Andrews is a branch of Webber International University, Florida. Further information may be obtained by visiting the University’s website www.sapc.edu, calling 800-763-0198, or sending an e-mail to info@sapc.edu.


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