Fall 2021 Events


Sean Thomas Dougherty
Poet In Residence
Fall 2021

The West Chester University Poetry Center announces Sean Thomas Dougherty as the Fall 2021 Poet in Residence. Sean will visit classes, hold craft talks and public readings both in person and virtually. Check back for the full schedule.

Sean T DoughertySean Thomas Dougherty is the author or editor of 18 books including  All You Ask for is Longing:  Poems 1964-2014 (2014 BOA Editions) and the anthology Alongside We Travel:  Contemporary Poets on Autism (2019 NYQ Books) His book The Second O of Sorrow (BOA Editions 2018) received both the Paterson Poetry Prize, and the Housatonic Book Award from Western Connecticut State University. His book Not All Saints, won the 2020 Bitter Oleander Library of Poetry Prize.  Other awards include the Twin Cities College Association Poet in Residence, an appearance in Best American Poetry 2014, and a Fulbright Lectureship to the Balkans. He works as a Medical Technician for folks with traumatic brain injuries and teaches part-time for the WCSU MFA Program.  He lives with the poet Lisa M. Dougherty and their two daughters in Erie, Pennsylvania.  More info on Sean can be found at seanthomasdoughertypoet.com 



Transformation: Evolving Approaches to Teaching, Poetry, and the Natural World
A Virtual Conference
November 11-13, 2021

The West Chester University Poetry Center is pleased to announce this Call for Papers and Poems for our virtual poetry and pedagogy conference, Transformations: Evolving Approaches to Teaching, Poetry and the Natural World, to be held November 11-13, 2021. During the lockdown, many of us became even more aware of our symbiotic relationship with nature. Being on perpetual stay-cation inspired some to garden. Breaking away from commuting and routines helped all of us to appreciate the impact of our carbon footprint. Unexpected opportunities to socialize outdoors inspired us to reset our relationship with the more-than-human world. Returning to face-to-face instruction gives us the opportunity to use this awareness to shape our approach to teaching poetry. Please join us for our virtual gathering. Our Keynote Speaker and Featured Reader will be Anna Lena Phillips Bell.

anna bellAnna Lena Phillips Bell is the author of Ornament, winner of the Vassar Miller Poetry Prize, A Pocket Book of Forms, a fine-press guide to poetic forms, and the chapbook Smaller Songs, from St. Brigid Press. Her poems appear in journals including the Southern Review, the Sewanee Review, 32 Poems, and Subtropics, and in anthologies including A Literary Field Guide to Southern Appalachia, Counter-Desecration: A Glossary for Writing within the Anthropocene, and Gracious: Poems from the 21st Century South. She has served since 2013 as the editor of Ecotone, the award-winning literary magazine of place, and is an editor of Lookout Books and a contributing editor for American Scientist magazine. The recipient of a North Carolina Arts Council Fellowship in literature, she is the 2019–2022 Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet for eastern North Carolina. She teaches in the creative writing department at UNC Wilmington, and calls ungendered Appalachian square dances in North Carolina and beyond.



Featured Reader
Anna Maria Hong
Spring 2022

Anna Maria Hong is the author of three recent books: Age of Glass (Cleveland State), winner of the Poetry Society of America’s Norma Farber First Book Award and the anna hongCleveland State University Poetry Center’s First Book Poetry Competition, the novella H & G (Sidebrow Books), winner of the A Room of Her Own Foundation’s Clarissa Dalloway Prize, and Fablesque (Tupelo Press), winner of the Berkshire Prize. She is the editor of Growing Up Asian American (William Morrow/Avon Books), an anthology of fiction and memoir, and the author of a nonfiction book for teenagers titled Family Abuse: A National Epidemic (Enslow). 

Her essays, poetry, and fiction are published and forthcoming in numerous publications including The Nation, The Iowa Review, Harvard Review, The Common, Southwest Review, The Austin Chronicle, The Stranger, The International Examiner, Ecotone, Colorado Review, Plume, The Hopkins Review, Smartish Pace, Jacket2, Poetry, Poetry Daily, Fire on Her Tongue: An Anthology of Contemporary Women’s Poetry, 250 Poems, Sonnets from the American: An Anthology of Poems and Essays, and The Best American Poetry. Her awards include a Bunting Fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and residencies from Yaddo, Djerassi, Fundación Valparaiso, and Kunstnarhuset Messen. She is an Assistant Professor at Mount Holyoke College and has taught at universities and colleges throughout the United States.


Poetry and Creative Arts Festival
April, 2022
Featuring Keynote Speaker Cornelius Eady

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