Award-Winning Poets from Roanoke College Talk Art at Taubman

Salem, Va. - Poets Melanie Almeder, Cynthia Atkins and Mary Crockett Hill will share "Language For the Sake of Art" on Friday, September 11, at noon at the Taubman Museum of Art in downtown Roanoke. The writers, who are colleagues in the English Department at Roanoke College, share a common interest in ekphrasis-or poetry about art-and will be reading from poems inspired by works of art.

Almeder's work is published widely and her first book, On Dream Street, won the Editor's Prize from Tupelo Press. Her interest in art extends beyond her poetry, however, and she has written exhibition catalogue essays for shows in the United States, Ireland, France and Denmark.

Atkins is a collage artist and her collection of poems, Psyche's Weathers, draws on her interest in art. She received The New Voice Award from the Writers' Voice, and Writers@Work Competition, as well as residencies from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and Breadloaf Writers' Conference.

Hill is currently working on a series of poems inspired by the illustrations of William Steig, who worked for many years as an illustrator for The New Yorker and wrote the children's book Shrek. Her second collection of poems, A Theory of Everything, was selected by Naomi Shihab Nye for the Autumn House Prize earlier this year.

"Language for the Sake of Art," part of the series of box-lunch discussions in the Museum's new Advance Auto Parts Auditorium, is free and open to the public. 

Roanoke College, an independent, co-educational, four-year liberal arts college in Salem, Virginia, combines firsthand learning with valuable personal connections in a classic, undergraduate setting. Roanoke prepares students for their futures through its commitment to providing a true classic college experience. Roanoke is one of just 276 colleges nationwide with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest and most prestigious honor society. The Princeton Review names Roanoke as one of the "best in the Southeast."

For additional information, call the Roanoke College Public Relations Office at (540) 375-2282.

Released: September 1, 2009
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