Larmore Poetry Series Welcomes Back Distinguished Alumnus

Posted by Jeffrey Cowart
Michael Chitwood (80’) returns to campus to showcase his famous poetry in the new Larmore Visiting Poetry Series on September 10, 2019.

On September 10 at 7:30 p.m., Michael Chitwood (80’) will read selections of his poetry in the McGlothlin Center for the Arts on the Emory & Henry College campus. Chitwood’s readings are a part of the Larmore Visiting Poetry Series, created in December 2017 with a gift by Catherine C. Larmore, daughter of Emory & Henry College alumna Catherine Burns Larmore, Class of 1930. The event is free and open to the public.

“We are thankful for Catherine C. Larmore’s tribute to her mother and to poetry via the endowment for the Catherine Burns Larmore Poetry Series,” said Dr. Felicia Mitchell. “The endowment will enrich our community with visiting poets. It is especially fitting that alumnus Michael Chitwood, a graduate of the college, will be presenting the inaugural poetry reading. Emory & Henry has influenced poets for many, many years.”

A native of Rocky Mount, Va., Chitwood earned a BA from Emory & Henry College and an MFA from the University of Virginia. He is known for exploring themes of Appalachia in his work. Chitwood’s poetry and fiction have appeared inThe Atlantic Monthly, Poetry, The New Republic, Threepenny Review, the Virginia Quarterly Review, Field, The Georgia Review and numerous other journals. Ohio Review Books published two books of his poetry–Salt Works (1992) and Whet (1995).  His third book, The Weave Room, was published by The University of Chicago Press in the Phoenix Poets series (1998).  His collection of essays, Hitting Below the Bible Belt, was published by Down Home Press in 1998. Gospel Road Going, a collection of poems about his native Appalachia, was published in 2002 and was awarded the 2003 Roanoke-Chowan Prize for Poetry. In 2006, he published a collection of essays and short stories called Finishing Touches. His collection of poetry From Whence was released in March 2007 from Louisiana State University Press. Tupelo Press published his book Spill in October of 2007. Spill was named as a finalist for ForeWord magazine’s poetry book of the year and won the 2008 Roanoke-Chowan Prize. His 2010 collection Poor-Mouth Jubilee (Tupelo Press) was also named a ForeWord finalist. His new book, Search & Rescue(LSU Press), was named the L.E. Phillabaum Award winner and is a finalist for the Library of Virginia Award in Poetry.


  • Michael Chitwood, E&H Class of 1980
    Michael Chitwood, E&H Class of 1980
We are thankful for Catherine C. Larmore’s tribute to her mother and to poetry via the endowment for the Catherine Burns Larmore Poetry Series.
-Dr. Felicia Mitchell

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