The second annual Mary Sue Dean Spring Poet reading will be held at the SWCC Appalachian Arts Center on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at 7pm.  The featured poet is Felicia Mitchell of Emory and Henry College where she serves as a professor.  Sponsored by Chiropractic First of Richlands and TrustPoint Insurance.

Professor Mitchell is a native of South Carolina and holds a B.A. and M.A. from the University of South Carolina.  She received her PhD from the University of Texas.  She has published a number of articles, stories and poems in various journals and magazines.  Two chapbooks as well as full length collection of poems entitled Waltzing With Horses published in 2014.  An interesting note is that one of her poems concerning her son Guy, “Up From Tumbling Creek”, has been selected by Claudia Emerson on behalf of the Poetry Society of Virginia for a Metrorail Public Art Project and appeared in the Dulles Corridor in northern Virginia.

The Mary Sue Dean Spring Poet has been developed to compliment Rodd Altizer’s Visiting Poet Program at Southwest Virginia Community College.  The program is named in honor of the long-time Tazewell County educator, grammarian and helper for those suffering from language insufficiency.  The program includes not only public readings but classes in writing for the middle school, high school and college students.  Such acclaimed writers as Pulitzer Prize winner Henry Taylor, Poet Laureate of Kentucky and Grundy native Gurney Norman, New York Times best-selling authors Jim Minnick and Grundy’s own Lee Smith, a founder of the Affrilachian poets Frank X. Walker, Rita Quillen and the astounding Maurice Manning have been participants in the program in its twenty years existence.

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