Award-winning author Terri Kirby Erickson will be featured at Emory & Henry College’s annual Leidig Lectureship in Poetry to inaugurate National Poetry Month on April 3.
Erickson will meet with student poets and present a workshop while on campus. The event will culminate in a keynote poetry reading by Erickson at 7:30 p.m. in the Board of Visitors Lounge in the Van Dyke Center.
Erickson is the author of three collections of poetry: Thread Count (2006); Telling Tales of Dusk (Press 53, 2009), which was No. 23 on the Poetry Foundation Contemporary Best Sellers List in 2010; and In the Palms of Angels (Press 53, 2011), which won a Nautilus Silver Award for Poetry and the Gold Medal for Poetry in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards.
Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in numerous literary journals, anthologies and other publications, including the 2013 Poet’s Market, Ted Kooser’s American Life in Poetry, Christian Science Monitor, Boston Literary Magazine, Hektoen International, Muse India, Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), Literary Mama, North Carolina Literary Review, storySouth, Poetica Magazine, Verse Daily, and many others.
Erickson has won first place honors in contests sponsored by the North Carolina Poetry Society, the Writers’ Ink Guild, and Carteret Writers. Her work was among 11 winners of the international 2011 Nazim Hikmet Poetry competition and has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. One of her poems was recently a finalist for the Rita Dove Poetry Award, and another was chosen from thousands of submissions worldwide as one of 20 poems published in the 2013 Poet’s Market.
Her articles and essays have appeared in national and international publications, including Pain Pathways, Land Rover Monthly, Broad Street Review, and many others.
She has taught poetry workshops in libraries, high schools, universities and other venues, and she was an instructor in the continuing education program at Salem College. She has been a long-time volunteer at the Derrick L. Davis Forsyth Regional Cancer Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, working with patients alongside the oncology chaplain, using poetry and creative writing as healing arts.
Erickson is a member of the North Carolina Poetry Society, North Carolina Writers Conference, and the Academy of American Poets. She lives in Lewisville with her husband of many years.
The annual Leidig Lectureship presents a distinguished poet who presents a lecture and a reading, as well as opportunities for students to meet with the poet. The prestigious Leidig Prize, a poetry award named after a beloved alumnus who also taught in the English Department, is announced each spring when the Leidig Lectureship poet is on campus.
The Leidig Lectureship in Poetry was established in 1996 by a bequest from Helen Power (E&H librarian, 1943-71) and by gifts from Harriette Horner Marocchi (E&H ’90). The Lectureship honors Dr. Daniel G. Leidig (E&H ’50), former Dean of the College and long-time Stuart Professor of English, whose practice and teaching of poetry encouraged students to study the literary tradition, to discover the poets of this region, and to write poetry themselves.
In previous years the Lectureship has featured Charles Wright, Kelly Cherry, Fred Chappell, Marilyn Nelson, Ellen Bryant Voigt, Andrew Hudgins, Susan Ludvigson, Mark Doty, Linda Pastan, Ted Kooser, Margaret Gibson, Naomi Shihab Nye, Robert Morgan, and Martin Espada.
For additional information on this year’s events, please contact Dr. Felicia Mitchell, Emory & Henry College, (276) 944-6225;.