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Poet Becky Gould Gibson to Read from her Work at W&L

Poet Becky Gould Gibson will read from her work, including her new book “Need-Fire,” on Monday, March 31, at 4:30 p.m. in Northen Auditorium in the Leyburn Library at Washington and Lee University. The reading is open to the public.

“Need Fire,” poems based on the life of Hild of Whitby, a 7th-century abbess in Northumberland, won a poetry contest held by Bright Hill Press in 2005 and was published in 2007. Gibson will also read from “Aphrodite’s Daughter” (2007), which won the Texas Review Press’s 2006 X.J. Kennedy Prize.

A current professor of English and Women’s Studies at Guilford College, she has published two prize-winning chapbooks of poetry, “Off-Road Meditations” (North Carolina Writers’ Network, 1989), “Holding Ground” (White Eagle Coffee Store Press, 1996) and one full-length volume, “First Life” (Emrys Press, 1997).

Her poems have appeared in many journals, including the Southern Poetry Review, The St. Andrews Review, Laurel Review and Cold Mountain Review as well as in several anthologies, including “Working the Dirt: An Anthology of Southern Poets” (2003). Gibson has won many awards and grants for her poetry, including a North Carolina Arts Council Literary Fellowship in Poetry (1993).

The reading is co-sponsored by the departments of religion and English and by the Women’s Studies Program.