Abbott, Fuller to read their poetry at Catawba on Wednesday
SALISBURY — Poets Anthony Abbott and Janice Fuller will have a reading on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Tom Smith Auditorium on the Catawba College campus.
A native of San Francisco, Abbott was educated at the Fay School in Southborough, Mass., and Kent School in Kent, Conn. He received his A.B. from Princeton University, and his A.M. and Ph.D from Harvard University. He is professor emeritus of English at Davidson College, where he served as department chair from 1989 to 1996.
Abbott’s first novel, “Leaving Maggie Hope,” was published in 2003 and received the Novello Literary Award and ForeWord Magazine’s Gold Award for literary fiction. Its sequel, “The Three Great Secret Things,” was published in 2007.
He is the author of six books of poetry, including the Pulitzer Prize-nominated “The Girl in the Yellow Raincoat.” His most recent book, “If Words Could Save Us,” was published in 2011 by Lorimer Press.
Abbott is past president of the North Carolina Poetry Society and the North Carolina Writers’ Network, and a recipient of the Sam Ragan Award for his writing and service to the literary community of North Carolina.
Fuller is writer-in-residence and professor of English at Catawba College, where she has taught for 31 years. She has published three poetry books — “Archeology Is a Destructive Science,” “Sex Education” and “Séance,” winner of the Poetry Council of North Carolina’s Oscar Arnold Young Award (for North Carolina poetry book of the year). Her poems have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, including Magma (London), New Welsh Review, Asheville Poetry Review, Poems & Plays, Cave Wall and Comstock Review.
Her plays and libretti have been produced at Catawba’s Florence Busby Corriher and Hedrick theaters, BareBones Theater’s New Play Festival, the Minneapolis Fringe Festival and France’s Rendez-Vous Musique Nouvelle. A fellow at artist colonies in Ireland, Scotland, Spain and Portugal, she has been honored for her work by the North Carolina Arts Council, the Arts and Science Council, North Carolina State University, the Southern Women’s Conference and the Blumenthal Writers and Readers series.
Educated at Duke University (B.A.) and UNC-Greensboro (M.A., Ph.D.), she has read her poetry and taught workshops throughout the United States and Europe.
Literary Bookpost will offer books for sale. The reading is free and open to the public.