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COURIER (Online), SEPTEMBER 24, 1999, VOLUME 29 NUMBER 4


Writer in-residence Margaret Gibson
to give her first talk on campus Oct. 5

Margaret Gibson's appointment as writer in-residence this semester should prove to be a treat for aspiring student writers.

Gibson, 55, comes to Old Dominion amid a successful career as a poet and teaching stints at George Mason, Virginia Commonwealth, the University of Connecticut and the master of fine arts program at the University of Massachusetts.

She will give two talks and take part in the annual Literary Festival. Her first talk, on the creative process, titled "Writing Memories of the Future: Moving from Photograph to Persona to Poem," will be given at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 5, in the Burgess Room of the Batten Arts and Letters Building. Her second talk, on the role of revision in the creative process, is scheduled for Oct. 21.

"Besides teaching, however, a writer in-residence should also set a good example and write," Gibson said.

While here, Gibson plans to work on a new manuscript of poems, some of which she will read during the Literary Festival.

"I'm looking forward to the residency at Old Dominion University but also to spirited discussions about poetry with students who are practicing the craft," Gibson said.

Gibson's eight books of poetry have won critical acclaim. Of her 1993 book-length poem, "The Vigil," a Publisher's Weekly reviewer said, "Gibson's impressive ability with line and meter contribute greatly to the volume's success."

Her "Memories of the Future: The Daybooks of Tina Modotti" prompted Henry Taylor of The Washington Times to say, "The artistic courage that went into this collection of 19 poems is of an order not often seen these days.

"Margaret Gibson conceived a task that must at times have seemed nearly impossible and she has executed it with rare compassion and skill."

Gibson was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow at the University of Virginia, where she received her master's degree. She earned her bachelor's from Hollins College.