Virginia Gilbert

125 Horseshoe Bend S.
Madison, AL 35758
Phone: 
256-464-9130

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. The movie, "Argo," greatly mirrored some of my own experiences in Iran. I also travelled through Afghanistan just before the 1978 Communist overthrow of the Afghani government. Selected readings: Four AWP Conferences, four South Atlantic Modern Language Association Conferences; three 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)
, New Voices in American Poetry
(Winthrop Press, 1973)
, That Other Brightness
(Black Star Press, 1996)
, The Earth Above
(Catamount Press, 1993)
Anthologies: 
Claiming the Spirit Within
(Beacon Press, 1996)
, I Hear My Sisters Saying
(T.Y. Crowell, 1976)
, Ordinary and Sacred as Blood
(River's Edge Publishing Co., 1999)
, Whatever Remembers Us
(Negative Capability Press, 2007)
Journals: 
Beloit Poetry Journal, Crazyhorse, Mss., The New York Quarterly, North American Review, Poetry Now, Prairie Schooner, PSA Poetry Review, Southern Poetry Review
Prizes Won: 
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

Reviews, Recordings, and Interviews

More Information

Listed as: 
Poet
Gives readings: 
Yes
Travels for readings: 
Yes
Prefers to work with: 
Any
Fluent in: 
Persian
Born in: 
Elgin
Raised in: 
Cary, IL
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Last updated: Feb 25, 2015