Gunston to Host Poet Nancy Mitchell in Roundtable Discussion for In Celebration of Books Program


On Friday, October 26, the poet Nancy Mitchell will visit Gunston as part of its In Celebration of Books program. Mitchell, a poet and Pushcart Prize winner, is the author of the recently released collection, The Out of Body Shop (Plume Editions). In addition, she will be visiting ninth grade English classes, where she will lead creative writing workshops.


The day will kick off at 8:15 a.m. in the Field House with a program that is open to the public. Members of Effectrix, Gunston’s literary magazine, will join Mitchell onstage for an informal, roundtable-type discussion of writing and literature. Faculty members and poets David Miller and Amanda Newell will participate in the discussion, which will also include readings.


Nancy Mitchell is a 2012 Pushcart Prize winner in Poetry, and the author of The Near Surround (Four Way Books, 2002,) Grief Hut (Cervena Barva Press, 2009,) The Out-of-Body Shop (Plume Editions in 2018) and co-editor of Plume Interviews 1 (MadHat Press, 2016.) Her poems have appeared in journals such as Agni, Green Mountains Review, Poetry Daily, Washington Square Review and have been anthologized in Last Call (Sarabande Books) The Working Poet (Autumn House Press) and Plume 3, 4, &5.

She has been awarded artist in residence fellowships at Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in San Angelo, Virginia and Auvillar, France, and at Spring Creek, Oregon State University. She taught Creative Writing for Maryland Summer Center for Arts, 2012-2014, and in the Environmental Studies Program and English Department at Salisbury University where she produced the annual Fulton School of the Arts festival WORDSTOCK. Mitchell currently teaches for CELL at Salisbury University in Maryland. She serves as Associate Editor of Special Features and Interviews for Plume Poetry.


David Miller is the Director of Global Programs and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Gunston. He first started writing poetry in the 1st Grade, encouraged by his writing teacher. In high school, he participated in the Kenyon Review Young Writers Workshop and organized a creative writing workshop led by Dr. Tom Balazs and Emilia Phillips. At Kenyon College, Mr. Miller majored in creative writing with an emphasis on poetry writing and served as a Kenyon Review Associate. He has written three chapbooks titled However, Beingland, and Beloved respectively and continues to love reading and writing poetry. A few of his favorite poets are Tracy K. Smith, Kiese Laymon, and Stacey Waite.


Amanda Newell chairs the English Department at Gunston. Her poems have appeared in Bellevue Literary Review, North American Review, RHINO Poetry, Scoundrel Time, storySouth, Zone 3, and elsewhere. She won the 2015 Patricia Dobler Poetry Award, judged by Lynn Emanuel, and her chapbook, Fractured Light, was the Dogfish Head Poetry Prize winner in 2010 (Broadkill Press). The recipient of fellowships or scholarships from The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and The Frost Place, she holds an MFA in Poetry from Warren Wilson College. In addition she serves as Associate Editor for Social Media for Plume Poetry.

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