|8th Annual Literary
Old Dominion University
October 7-10, 1985
Reginald Gibbons has been described by one critic as a poet who "has the necessary finesse to enter into our consciousness without our knowledge, until at once we realize he is there and that his story is our story, and his innocence our own lost innocence, and his hard earned joy, the same joy we all long for. Gibbons' concerns as a poet are always humane and his expression of these concerns always finely crafted."
Gibbons' first book, Roofs Voices Roads, won a Quarterly Review of Literature Prize; his second, The Ruined Motel, was the 1981 winner of the Houghton Mifflin New Poetry Series, and his new book, Saints, will be published by Persea Books as one of the 1985 winners of the National Poetry Series. He has received poetry fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. In addition to his poetry, he has published works of translation, fiction and criticism. Gibbons will read with David Bradley on Wednesday afternoon. [extracted from 1985 brochure]