FLORENCE, S.C. – Poet Susan Wood of Rice University will give a public reading at Francis Marion University on Thursday, Nov. 7. The reading is presented by the Jones Thomas and Carolyn Stroman Hunter Chair in English Literature at FMU and will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Cauthen Educational Media Center lecture hall on the FMU campus. Admission is free and open to the public.
Wood is the author of three collections of poems: Asunder, selected by Garrett Hugo for the National Poetry Series and published by Penguin in 2001; Campo Santo, which received the Lamont Prize from the Academy of American Poets for the best second book by an American poet, and the Natalie Ornish Poetry Prize from the Texas Institute of Letters; and Bazaar.
Asunder also received an award from the Texas Institute of Letters for the best book of poetry published in 2001. Wood’s work has been widely published in literary magazines, including The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Poetry, The Gettysburg, and Ploughshares and TriQuarterly, and recent poems were selected for The Pushcart Prize 2000 and Best American Poetry 2000.
She was a Guggenheim Fellow in 1998-99, has received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and served as a senior writing fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. She is professor of English and chair of the department at Rice University in Houston.
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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