Vivian Shipley, winner of the 2004 Julia Peterkin Award, will give a public reading at Converse College Tuesday, Nov.9 at 8 p.m. in the Cleveland Hall Alumnae House. Her reading is made possible by the college’s Elizabeth Boatwright Coker Visiting Writers Series, and is free and open to the public.
The Julia Peterkin Award was established by Converse in 1998, and is a national contest honoring the finest young poets and writers in America.
Shipley, who has been teaching at Southern Connecticut University since 1969, has authored numerous books of poetry including Gleanings: Old Poems and New Poems (Southeastern Louisiana University Press, 2003; winner of the 2004 Paterson Award for Sustained Literary Achievement), When There Is No Shore (World Press, 2002; awarded the 2003 Connecticut Book Award for Poetry and the 2002 Word Press Poetry Prize) Crazy Quilt (Hanover Press, 1999), Fair Haven (Negative Capability Press, 2000). She has twice been nominated for a Pulitzer: in 1996 for Devil’s Lane, and in 2000 for Fair Haven. She is also editor for the Connecticut Review, a bi-annual journal of poetry, prose and art.
Her poems have appeared in many prestigious journals and publications including: The Literary Review, Comstock Review, Kalliope, The Vanderbilt Review, Fugue, Indiana Review, The American Scholar, Slant, The Iowa Review, Nebraska Review, Prairie Schooner, Quarterly West, and others.
For more information, call (864) 596-9099.