February 16, 2006 Wendy Miles’s work appears in various journals, including Southern Poetry Review, The Dos Passos Review, The Chattahoochee Review, Hawaii Review, and The Comstock Review. She lives in Virginia and is Assistant Professor of English at Randolph College.
Third Thursday Poetry and Prose
January 19, 2006 J.C. Hallman’s work has appeared in GQ, The Los Angeles Times, and a variety of literary magazines. He is the author of The Chess Artist, a nonfiction adventure through the chess subculture, and The Devil is a Gentleman, a creative biography of the philosopher William James, told through narratives of Hallman’s journeys to a variety of modern religious movements. The Devil is a Gentleman is due out this spring from Random House
January 19, 2006 Janet Sylvester has published a collector’s edition chapbook, A Visitor at the Gate and two books of poetry, That Mulberry Wine and The Mark of Flesh. Her poems have appeared in many journals and anthologies. Recipient of a Pushcart Prize (2004) and a PEN Discovery Award, she teaches in the undergraduate creative writing program at Sweet Briar College, and in the low-residency MFA Program in Creative Writing at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA . The first Sweet Briar Fellow at VCCA, she has also been granted fellowships at Yaddo (NY), The Breadloaf Writers Conference (VT) and the MacDowell Colony (NH). She is currently completing her third book of poems
January 19, 2006 Thorpe Moeckel was a Hoyns Fellow at the UVa. He is currently the Kenan Visiting Writer at UNC-Chapel Hill. His poems have appeared in Field, Wild Earth, The Antioch Review, Poetry, Free Lunch, and elsewhere. He lives with his wife and daughter in Hillsborough, North Carolina. Currently teaching at Hollings
Jane Wampler has taught creative writing and poetry classes at CU-Colorado Springs and the Colorado College. She is past-president of Poetry West, the oldest and largest non-profit poetry organization in southern Colorado. Jane spent a decade writing news, politics, features and commentary for publications such as the Colorado Springs Gazette Telegraph, the Houston Post, Texas Monthly, and the Denver Rocky Mountain News. She lives in Colorado Springs, CO, and is currently at work on a book of poems and a collection of personal essays.
November 17, 2005 Kathleen Grissom was born and educated in Saskatchewan, Canada. Soon after, she left to live and work, first in Montreal, then in Manhattan, but it wasn’t until she moved with her husband to a farm in rural Virginia that she finally found her home. There, while restoring an old plantation tavern, operating an herb farm, running a tearoom and raising Cashmere goats, she began to write a narrative of her past and present life.
In the years to follow, the memoir was interrupted when, while researching the history of her antebellum home, she discovered a notation on an old map. It read: Negro Hill. Unable to determine the story of its origin, local historians suggested that it most likely represented a tragedy. To this day Kathleen is uncertain why the notation captured her so, but fascinated, she gradually set aside everything else to pursue the research and writing of a story that insisted it be told. Kathleen is presently completing her memoir while continuing on with research for her next work of fiction, based on the true life of Crow Mary.
November 17, 2005 Brenda E. Sartoris grew up in Jackson, Mississippi, graduating from Millsaps College with a BA in English in 1962. She went on to graduate school at Louisiana State University, and after receiving a PhD degree in medieval British literature, taught a variety of English courses at Mississippi State University for 20 years. When her husband was relocated to Lynchburg, Virginia, in 2001, she retired from her position as Manager of Technical Information Services with Lockheed-Martin, and began to write full time. In 2003-2004, she lived in Paris, France, where she began her first novel and became a “regular” at the Monday night poetry readings at Shakespeare and Company. She has published some of her poetry in various “little” magazines over the years, and has also published travel articles in the Baltimore Sun newspaper. She continues to write both poetry and fiction and lives in Paris 3 or 4 months each year
October 20, 2005 Gregory Donovan a senior editor of Blackbird, is one of the founding faculty members of the MFA in Creative Writing program at VCU, where he has taught for twenty years. He has won the Robert Penn Warren Award, as well as grants from the VCA and fellowships from the Ucross Foundation and the VCCA. Donovan’s poetry collection, Calling His Children Home, was the 1993 Devins Award winner. His work has appeared in numerous journals. His poetry has been anthologized, most recently in Common Wealth: Contemporary Poets of Virginia (UVa, 2003). Donovan is the writer-in-residence for the VCU Glasgow Artists and Writers Workshop.
Elizabeth Seydel Morgan is the author of four books of poetry: Language, a limited edition with prints by artist Laura Pharis, and three collections from Louisiana State University Press: Parties (1988 and recently released in a new edition), The Governor of Desire (1993), and On Long Mountain (1998), a finalist for the Library of Virginia Poetry Prize; a fifth collection, Without a Philosophy, is forthcoming from LSU. She has been the recipient of a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. She taught literature and creative writing at St. Catherine’s School in Richmond, Virginia, and has also been an adjunct professor of poetry at University of Richmond, Visiting Professor at Washington and Lee University, and Writer-in-Residence at RMWC. Morgan received her MFA from VCU.
October 20, 2005 Joshua Poteat was named the winner of the 2004 Anhinga Press Poetry Prize and also won the National Chapbook Fellowship from the Poetry Society of America (judged by Mary Oliver), as well as awards from American Literary Review, Nebraska Review, Marlboro Review, Columbia, Bellingham Review, Yemassee, Lullwater Review, and Universities West Press. He has been the Summer Writer-in-Residence at the University of Arizona ‘s Poetry Center and was awarded an Individual Artist’s Grant from the VCA, as well as fellowships to the Vermont Studio Center and the Catskill Writing Workshop.