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Glasgow Endowment to Sponsor Poetry Reading at W&L

Poets Jane Satterfield and Ned Balbo will give a poetry reading at Washington and Lee University on Thursday, Oct. 2, at 4:30 p.m. in Northen Auditorium, Leyburn Library. They will read from their recent work.

The event is free and open to the public and there will be books for sale after the reading. It is funded by the Glasgow Endowment at W&L.

Also an essayist and editor, Satterfield’s books include “Her Familiars” (poems, Elixir Press, 2013); “Daughters of Empire: A Memoir of a Year in Britain and Beyond” (Toronto: Demeter Press, 2009); and “Assignation at Vanishing Point” (poems, Elixir Press, 2003; winner of Third Annual Elixir Press Book Awards).

Her honors include a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in poetry and three Maryland Arts Council Individual Artists Awards, the William Faulkner Society’s Gold Medal for the Essay; the “Florida Review” Editors’ Prize in nonfiction; and the 49th Parallel Poetry Prize from “The Bellingham Review,” as well as residencies in poetry or nonfiction from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.

Satterfield is literary editor for Canada’s “Journal of the Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement” and is an associate professor of writing at Loyola University Maryland.

She earned her B.A. in English and Creative Writing from Loyola College and her M.F.A. in English (poetry) from The Writers’ Workshop, University of Iowa.

Balbo’s “The Trials of Edgar Poe and Other Poems” (Story Line Press, 2010) was awarded the Donald Justice Prize and the 2012 Poets’ Prize. His two previous books are “Lives of the Sleepers” (Univ. of Notre Dame Press, 2005; Ernest Sandeen Prize and “ForeWord” Magazine Book of the Year Award, Gold Medal in Poetry) and “Galileo’s Banquet” (Washington Writers Publishing House, 1998; Towson University Prize co-winner).

His reviews of contemporary poetry appeared in most issues of “Antioch Review” from 1999-2009, and his essay, “A Jester’s Truth: Faith, Humor and Vision in the Poetry of Andrew Hudgins,” appeared in “Birmingham Poetry Review.” A version of Baudelaire’s “Le Mort joyeux” shared the 2013 Willis Barnstone Translation Prize; and Balbo’s poetry, prose and translations may be found in “Able Muse,” “Cimarron Review,” “Poetry Ireland Review,” “Shenandoah” and elsewhere.

Balbo has received three Maryland Arts Council grants, the Robert Frost Foundation Poetry Award and the John Guyon Literary Nonfiction Prize.
He earned his A.B. from Vassar College, his M.A. from Johns Hopkins University and his M.F.A. from the University of Iowa.

For questions, contact Lesley Wheeler, Henry S. Fox, Jr. Professor of English and head of the English Department at W&L, at wheelerlm@wlu.edu.