FLORENCE, S.C. – Poet and editor Margot Schilpp will give a public reading at Francis Marion University on Thursday, Nov. 8. The reading will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Cauthen Educational Media Center lecture hall on the FMU campus. Admission is free.
Schilpp’s first book of poetry, The World’s Last Night, was published by Carnegie Mellon University Press in April 2001, and is a finalist for the 2001 Utah Book Awards. Her poems have been published in a variety of journals, including The Southern Review, New England Review, Shenandoah, The Gettysburg Review, Crazyhorse, and Chelsea. She has been featured on the Poetry Daily website.
Schilpp has been awarded residencies at Yaddo, The MacDowell Colony, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and was the editor of the literary journal Quarterly West for several years. She earned the M.F.A. degree from the University of Utah, and is now teaching at the University of Cincinnati.
The public reading is presented by the Jones Thomas and Carolyn Stroman Hunter Chair in English Literature at FMU. The Hunter Chair in English Literature was established in 1991 by three sisters – Dorothy Hunter Thames Ellis, Adelle Hunter West and Hattie Costa Hunter King – as a memorial to their parents, Jones Thomas and Carolyn Stroman Hunter.
Mr. Hunter made his life in Marion County, was once mayor of Marion, contributed to many different organizations throughout the Pee Dee area, and operated a successful automobile dealership in Florence for 40 years. Mrs. Hunter came to Marion as a schoolteacher, was active in church work and taught Sunday School for more than 50 years. She was a charter member of several literary clubs, garden clubs and community organizations.
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