The next event in Randolph’s fall 2019 Visiting Writers Series will feature readings by award-winning poets Rose McLarney and Justin Gardiner. The program, which is free and open to the public, is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 3, at 8 p.m. in the Maier Museum of Art at Randolph College.
McLarney’s collections of poems are Forage and Its Day Being Gone, both from Penguin Poets, as well as The Always Broken Plates of Mountains, published by Four Way Books. She is co-editor of A Literary Field Guide to Southern Appalachia, from University of Georgia Press, and the journal Southern Humanities Review. McLarney has been awarded fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and Bread Loaf and Sewanee Writers’ Conferences; served as Dartmouth Poet in Residence at the Frost Place; and is winner of the National Poetry Series, the Chaffin Award for Achievement in Appalachian Writing, and the Fellowship of Southern Writers’ New Writing Award for Poetry, among other prizes. Her work has appeared in publications such as The Kenyon Review, The Southern Review, New England Review, Prairie Schooner, Missouri Review, and The Oxford American. McLarney earned her M.F.A. from Warren Wilson’s M.F.A. Program for Writers. Currently, she is a creative writing professor at Auburn University.
Gardiner is the author of Beneath the Shadow: Legacy and Longing in the Antarctic, published as part of the Crux Literary Nonfiction Series by the University of Georgia Press. His poetry has appeared in journals that include The Missouri Review, Blackbird, Quarterly West, The Collagist, New South, Zone 3, and ZYZZYVA, among other journals. Gardiner is a graduate of Warren Wilson’s M.F.A. Program for Writers, where he was awarded both the Larry Levis Post-Graduate Stipend and the Joan Beebe Teaching Fellowship. In 2012-13, he also served as the Margery Davis Boyden Wilderness Writing Fellow, sponsored by PEN Northwest. Currently, he teaches creative writing at Auburn University and serves as the nonfiction editor of The Southern Humanities Review.