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Virginia Gilbert

Author's Bio

I have had the unique experience of serving in the Peace Corps in Korea and of having taught English in Iran. I was evacuated from Iran during the 1978-79 Islamic Revolution. I also visited Afghanistan just before the 1978 Communist overthrow of the Afghani government. Selected readings: South Atlantic Modern Language Association Conferences; Southern Festival of Books; Emerald Coast Writers' Conference; Chicago Harold Washington Main Library; The Barbican Library, London, England; Writer in Resident at Lakenheath American Middle School, Ely, England; Peace Corps Conferences; Shakespear and Co., Paris, France; Motlow College Writers' Festival; Twentieht Century Literature Conference; Poetry Society of America's Midwest Regional Conference; Alabama Public Television; Midwest Modern Language Association Conference; others.

Publications and Prizes

Books:
Greatest Hits (Pudding House Publications, 2004), That Other Brightness (Black Star Press, 1996), The Earth Above (Catamount Press, 1993), New Voices in American Poetry (Winthrop Press, 1973)
Anthologies:
Whatever Remembers Us (Negative Capability Press, 2007), Ordinary and Sacred as Blood (River's Edge Publishing Co., 1999), Claiming the Spirit Within (Beacon Press, 1996), I Hear My Sisters Saying (T.Y. Crowell, 1976)
Journals:
Beloit Poetry Journal, Crazyhorse, Mss., New York Quarterly, North American Review, Poetry Now, Prairie Schooner, PSA Poetry Review, Southern Poetry Review
Prizes:
Awards: 2009-10 Alabama State Council on the Arts Individual Artist Grant for Literature; 2006 University of Nebraska-Lincoln Alumni Achievement Award; 2003 nomination and selection of chapbook for Pudding House "Greatest Hits" series; 2001 Alabama Poet of the Year; 1998 First Place, Alabama State Poetry Society Slam Competition; 1997-98 Alabama Council on the Humanities Speakers' Bureau Presenter on the topic; "Transformation of a State Through Poetry"; 1995 Nomination for Alabama State Poetry Society's Book of the Year; 1993 Hays Fulbright Scholar to the People's Republic of China; 1992 First Place, Sakura Festival Haiku Contest; 1990 Second Place, Hackney Literary Award; 1990-91 Faculty Development Grant, Alabama A & M University; 1984-87 Fellowship in Creative Writing-University of Nebraska-Lincoln; 1976 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship-Poetry; 1965-69 Harlan Award, Iowa Wesleyan College; Finalist, Pitt Poetry Series and Chowder River Review chapbook contests; others.

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now:
"Reading Lolita in Tehran" by Azar Nafisi
Favorite Authors:
T. S. Eliot, W. B. Yeats

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Listing last updated: July 24, 2009

More Information

Listed as:
Poet
Gives readings?
Yes
Travels for readings?
Yes
Prefers to work with:
Any
Born in:
Elgin, IL
Raised in:
Cary, IL

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