Our theme this year speaks to the beauty and complications of what we know as “the heart.” Laura (Riding) Jackson dedicated her writing to “truth” and did not shy away from matters of the heart. In fact, as post-modern as her work may appear, she is dedicated to the heart.

Sunday April 12, 2015, Teen Writers read at 3:00 PM
Featured Poets at 4:00 PM
Southern-style BBQ, music and tours of the historic Home

This year’s Poetry & BBQ featured poets are Shane Seely, Patti White, and Claude Wilkinson.

Claude Wilkinson

claude-wilkinsonClaude Wilkinson is a graduate of the universities of Mississippi and Memphis.  He has taught at various colleges and universities and was the first poet to serve as writer in residence at Ole Miss. Over the years his poems have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Atlanta Review, The Oxford American and The Southern Review.  His collection, Reading the Earth, won the Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Award.  In 1999, Wilkinson was awarded a Walter E. Dakin Fellowship in Poetry from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference and the Whiting Writer’s Award, and has  published criticism on the works of Chinua Achebe, Italo Calvino and John Cheever.

Wilkinson is also a prize-winning artist. His drawings and paintings have
been included in exhibitions throughout the southern United States. He was nominated for Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the World.

His books of poetry include  Reading the Earth: Poems, Joy in the Morning, and Marvelous Light.

Patti White

Patti WhitePatti White is a professor at the University of Alabama. She received her PhD in English from City University of New York and an MPA at the University of Colorado Graduate School of Public Affairs in 1983. Her poetry collection Tackle Box won the 2001 Anhinga Prize for Poetry, and an award-winning festival-short film of the title poem was released in 2003 ( (www.tackleboxthemovie.com). Her teaching interests include public works poetry, representations of apocalypse, the dramatic monologue, postmodern narrative, and systems theory.

Published books include Chain Link Fence is and Tackle Box, both published by Anhinga Press.

Shane Seely

Shane-Seely-19-270x407Shane Seely teaches in the MFA program at the University of Missouri–St. Louis. He was educated in Pennsylvania and Kansas before attending the MFA program at Syracuse University, where he met his wife. In 2002, they moved to St. Louis, and Shane began teaching classes at various local universities. For several years, he helped to run the composition program at Washington University in St. Louis. He joined the UMSL faculty in 2012. He and his wife live on the edge of St. Louis City in a cozy house with their daughter and dog.

Published books of poetry include History Here Requires Balboa, Slash Pine Press, and the Snowbound Horse, Anhinga Press.

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