Warren Wilson College News

Debra Allbery to deliver 2009 Harwood-Cole Lecture at WWC

By: Ben Anderson

Warren Wilson College didn’t need to look far for an engaging speaker at this year’s annual Harwood-Cole Lecture Nov. 7. Poet Debra Allbery, director of Warren Wilson’s highly regarded MFA Program for Writers, will deliver the free public lecture at 4 p.m. in Canon Lounge of the Gladfelter Student Center.

Allbery will read from selected poems and discuss some of the influences on her writing, including lifelong inspiration Sherwood Anderson. The event is sponsored by Warren Wilson’s Friends of the Pew Learning Center and Ellison Library.

Allbery first taught in the Warren Wilson MFA program in 1995. She became its director this past June, succeeding interim director Kevin McIlvoy, who guided the program after longtime director Peter Turchi departed for Arizona State University in 2008. In addition to teaching in the low-residency MFA program for more than a decade, Allbery has served on the MFA Academic Board and in various other capacities.

Her many awards include the Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize, a “Discovery”/The Nation award, a Hawthornden Fellowship and two NEA Fellowships. Allbery’s first book, “Walking Distance,” was published by the University of Pittsburgh Press; her second, “Fimbul-Winter,” will be published by Four Way Books in October 2010.

Formerly a writer-in-residence at Phillips Exeter Academy and Interlochen Arts Academy, Allbery has taught at Randolph College, Dickinson College and the University of Michigan.

For more details about the Harwood-Cole Lecture or the Warren Wilson library friends, contact Christine Nugent at 828-771-3061 or nugent@warren-wilson.edu. You can read more about Debra Allbery here.

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