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Poet Tim Seibles to Give a Poetry Reading at Washington and Lee

Author and poet Tim Seibles will be reading from his latest book, “Fast Animal” (2012), on Monday, May 5, at 7 p.m. in Northen Auditorium, Leyburn Library. “Fast Animal” was one of five poetry finalists for the 2012 National Book Award.

The event is free and open to the public and there will be a book signing after the reading. It is funded by the Office of the Provost and the Glasgow Endowment at Washington and Lee University.

Seibles is the author of several poetry collections including “Hurdy-Gurdy” (1992), “Hammerlock” (1999) and “Buffalo Head Solos” (2004). His first book, “Body Moves” (1988), has just been re-released by Carnegie Mellon U. Press as part of their “Contemporary Classics” series. In 2013, he received the Pen Oakland Josephine Miles Award for poetry and received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Misericordia University for his literary accomplishments.

His poetry is featured in several anthologies, including “Rainbow Darkness,” “The Manthology,” “Autumn House Contemporary American Poetry,” “Black Nature” and “Evensong.” His poem “Allison Wolff” was included in “Best American Poetry 2010” and, most recently, his poem “Sotto Voce: Othello, Unplugged” was featured in “Best American Poetry 2013.”

Seibles was poet-in-residence at Bucknell University during the spring semester of 2010. A National Endowment for the Arts fellow, he also enjoyed a seven-month writing fellowship from the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center in Massachusetts.

Seibles has been a workshop leader for Cave Canem, a writer’s retreat for African American poets, and for the Hurston/Wright Foundation, another organization dedicated to developing black writers. He is visiting faculty at the Stonecoast M.F.A. in Writing Program sponsored by the University of Southern Maine. He lives in Norfolk, Va., where he is a member of the English and M.F.A. in writing faculty at Old Dominion University.

Seibles earned his B.A. at Southern Methodist University and an M.F.A. at Vermont College of Norwich University.