TUSCALOOSA—For National Poetry Month, poets Abraham Smith and Jeanie Thompson, 2012 Alabama State Council on the Arts Literature Fellows, will read from their latest works on April 3 at 7:00 p.m. in the Gorgas Library, Room 205, on the University of Alabama campus. Books will also be available for purchase and signing. Free & open to the public, the event is sponsored by the Alabama Center for the Book and the Alabama Writers’ Forum.
Smith is a poet and an instructor of English at the University of Alabama, where he received his MFA in creative writing. He is the assistant editor of Slash Pine Press. His work includes two books of poetry, Whim Man Mammon and Hank; a chapbook, Last Ride; and numerous poems published in literary journals. His poetry is praised for its energy and lyricism and has been described as “vivid,” “refreshing,” and “exciting.” Smith has traveled the country giving public readings from his book of elegies for Hank Williams. His current project is a book of poems on blues singers of Mississippi and Alabama.
Thompson has published four collections of poetry, White for Harvest: New and Selected Poems, Witness, How to Enter the River, and her most recent, The Seasons Bear Us. Thompson holds the MFA from the University of Alabama, where she was founding editor of the literary journal Black Warrior Review. Thompson has twice been awarded an Artist Fellowship in Literature from the Alabama State Council on the Arts. She has also received an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Louisiana State Arts Council, and she was a Walter Dakin Fellow at the Sewanee Writers Conference.
Since 1993, Thompson has directed the award-winning Alabama Writers’ Forum, a statewide literary arts organization in Montgomery. She also teaches part-time in the Spalding University Brief Residency MFA Writing Program in Louisville, Ky. During her ASCA Fellowship year, Thompson is completing a book-length persona poem sequence about the adult life of Alabama author and activist Helen Keller, working titled This Day.
For more information, contact Donna Adcock at the Alabama Center for the Book, 205-348-7561 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo: Jeanie Thompson (Jamie Martin); Abraham Smith (courtesy of the author)