American poet Andrew Hudgins appears at Brenau University on Wednesday, Nov. 13, for a poetry reading at 12:30 p.m. in Banks Recital Hall followed by a question and answer session at 3:30 p.m. in the Trustee Library Writing Center as the first Georgia Poetry Circuit event of the 2013-14 season.
Hudgins, who is a professor of English at Ohio State University, has published nine books of poetry, including Saints and Strangers, which was a finalist for the 1985 Pulitzer Prize, and The Never-Ending, a finalist for the 1991 National Book Award. After the Lost War, a series of dramatic monologues recounting the life of Georgia poet Sidney Lanier, won the Poet’s Prize in 1989.
This year, along with his latest collection of poems, A Clown at Midnight, he published a memoir, The Joker.
“It is singularly significant that we kick off the circuit in the town on the banks of the lake named for one of the best-known Southern poets,” said Brenau professor Sandra Brim, who oversees the poetry series at Brenau. “Andrew Hudgins book was out-of-the-box creativity, channeling Sidney Lanier from different eras of his life.”
Hudgins’ honors include the Witter Bynner Prize from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, the Hanes Prize from The Fellowship of Southern Writers, and the Frederick Bock Prize from Poetry magazine.
Hudgins, who previously taught at Baylor University and the University of Cincinnati, lives in Ohio, with his wife, the fiction writer Erin McGraw. However, he was born in Killeen, Texas and but raised in Alabama. He earned a Bachelor of Arts at Huntingdon College in Montgomery, a Master of Arts at the University of Alabama, and a Master of Fine Arts the University of Iowa, home of the famed graduate creative writing program, commonly known as the “Iowa Writer’s Workshop,” which has produced 17 Pulitzer Prize winners, numerous National Book Award winners and four recent U.S. Poets Laureates.
The Georgia Poetry Circuit is a consortium of ten Georgia colleges and universities, including Brenau University, working together to bring poets of national and international reputation to all members’ campuses, providing access to the literary arts for Georgia residents across the state.
This event is sponsored by the Georgia Poetry Circuit and Brenau University. For more information visit http://www.berry.edu/gpc or call the Brenau Department of Humanities at 770.534.6179.