William Wright

Visiting Assistant Professor of English

William Wright is author of seven full-length published and forthcoming books of poems. In addition, Iris Press will release a second edition of Wright's second book, Night Field Anecdote, called Night Field Anecdote: Revised Edition, which will feature new poems. Wright is at work on a book of essays entitled The Hypnophobic Dreamer: Essays on Poetry and Imagination, which is also under contract from Iris Press. His forthcoming books include Grass Chapels: New and Selected Poems from Mercer University Press (2019); Self-Portrait as Late Autumn Frost (Iris Press, 2019). Books available now include Specter Mountain, co-written with Jesse Graves, was released March of 2018; Tree Heresies (Mercer University Press, 2015), Night Field Anecdote (Louisiana Literature Press, 2011), Bledsoe (Texas Review Press, 2011), Dark Orchard (Texas Review Press, 2005, winner of the Breakthrough Poetry Prize); and Creeks of the Upper South (co-written with Amy Wright, jointly published by Jacar Press and Unicorn Press, 2016),  Wright’s chapbooks are April Creatures (Blue Horse Press, 2015), Sleep Paralysis (Stepping Stones Press, 2012, Winner of the South Carolina Poetry Initiative Prize, selected by Kwame Dawes), Xylem & Heartwood (FLP, 2013) and The Ghost Narratives (FLP, 2008). Wright is Series Editor and Volume Co-editor of The Southern Poetry Anthology, a multivolume series celebrating contemporary writing of the American South, published by Texas Review Press. Additionally, Wright serves as a contributing editor of Shenandoah, translates German poetry, and served as co-editor of Hard Lines: Rough South Poetry (with Daniel Cross Turner, The University of South Carolina Press), and The World Is Charged: Poetic Engagements with Gerard Manley Hopkins (with Daniel Westover, Clemson University Press, 2016). Wright won the 2012 Porter Fleming Prize in Literature, the 2016 Georgia Author of the Year from the Georgia Writers Association, and his fifth volume of The Southern Poetry Anthology was listed as “20 books all Georgians should read” by the Georgia Center for the Book. Wright served as the Department of English Writer in Residence at the University of Tennessee in 2016. He has recently published in The Kenyon Review, Oxford American, The Antioch Review, Shenandoah, and Southern Poetry Review. 


Education

PhD| The University of Southern Mississippi| 2008

MA| Sam Houston State University| 2004

BA| The University of South Carolina| 2002

Courses Taught

At Emory and Oxford College:

ENGCW 271: Introduction to Poetry Writing (Emory University)

ENGCW_OX 271: Introduction to Poetry Writing

ENGCW_OX 270: Introduction to Creative Writing

ENG_OX 384QW: Criticism

ENG_OX 205: Poetry

At other universities:

English 580, Advanced Creative Writing (CW III), Reinhardt University, Fall 2018

English 686, Advanced Graduate Poetry Seminar, The University of Tennessee, Spring 2016

English 570, Creative Writing II: Poetry, Reinhardt University, Etowah MFA Program, Spring 2017

English 560, Creative Writing I: Poetry, Reinhardt University, Etowah MFA Program, Fall 2016

English 525, Reading Image (focus on poetry, fiction, and nonfiction), Reinhardt University,

Etowah MFA Program, Fall 2016

English 555, Reading Criticism (focus on different literary criticisms in multiple genres)

English 497, Advanced Creative Writing (Multi-genre), Reinhardt University, Etowah MFA Program, Summer 2016

Accomplishments

Winner of the 2016 Terrain.org Prize in Poetry (judged by Eamon Grennan)

Winner of the Georgia Author of the Year, 2016

Winning Editor for The Southern Poetry Anthology, Volume V: Georgia, considered by the Georgia Center for the Book as “A Book all Georgians Should Read.” 

Winner of the Porter Fleming Literary Award for “Prologue” and “Aubade for Yellowjacket” 

Winner of the South Carolina Poetry Initiative Chapbook Contest (USC Press / Stepping Stones Press), 2010

Professional Growth Fellowship, The University of Southern Mississippi, Spring 2008 Professional Growth Fellowship,

The University of Southern Mississippi, Fall 2007

Howard and Helen Bahr Graduate Essay Award, University of Southern Mississippi, 2006-2007

Professional Growth Fellowship, The University of Southern Mississippi, Spring 2007

Bahr Research Award, The University of Southern Mississippi, 2007

Research Travel Grant, The University of Virginia, 2007

USM Center for Writers Excellence in Teaching Fellowship, 2006-2009

Texas Review Breakthrough Poetry Prize for Dark Orchard, a first collection

Creative Writing Award, Sam Houston State University Graduate Colloquium, 2003-2004

Recipient of the John W. Thomason Scholarship in Writing for the 2003-2004 Year (SHSU)

Publications

BOOK PUBLICATIONS

Creative Nonfiction

  • The Hypnophobic Dreamer: Essays on Poetry and Imagination. (Iris Press, forthcoming)

Poetry (full-length books)

  • New & Selected Poems. Mercer University Press. Forthcoming, 2018.
  • Self-Portrait as Late Autumn Frost Iris Press. Forthcoming, 2017.
  • Tree Heresies. Mercer University Press. 77 pp. 2015. (Winner of the Georgia Author of the Year Award)
  • Night Field Anecdote. Louisiana Literature Press. 70 pp. 2011.
  • Bledsoe. Texas Review Press. 80 pp. 2011.
  • Dark Orchard. Texas Review Press. 56 pp. (Winner the 2005 Breakthrough Poetry Prize)

 (Collaborative full-length)

  • Specter Mountain. Mercer University Press. 64 pp. (with Jesse Graves), Forthcoming, 2018.
  • Creeks of the Upper South. Jacar Press and Unicorn Press (jointly published) 64 pp. (with Amy Wright),

2016

Chapbooks

  • April Creatures. Blue Horse Press, 2015.
  • Xylem & Heartwood. Finishing Line Press, 2013.
  • Sleep Paralysis. Stepping Stone Press, 2012.

(Winner of the South Carolina Poetry Initiative Chapbook Prize, judged by Kwame Dawes)

  • The Ghost Narratives. Finishing Line Press, 2008.

As Co-editor:

    • Hard Lines: Rough South Poetry, University of South Carolina Press, 2016 (co-edited with Daniel Cross Turner)
    • The World Is Charged: Poetic Engagements with Gerard Manley Hopkins, Clemson University Press and Liverpool University Press, 2016 (co-edited with Daniel Westover) (Poetry Anthology)

As Series Editor and Volume Co-editor:

  • The Southern Poetry Anthology, Volume I: South Carolina. Texas Review Press, 2008. (co-edited with Stephen Gardner) 282 pp.
  • The Southern Poetry Anthology, Volume II: Mississippi. Texas Review Press, 2010. (co-edited with Stephen Gardner) 226 pp.
  • The Southern Poetry Anthology, Volume III: Contemporary Appalachia. Texas Review Press, 2010. (co-edited with Jesse Graves & Paul Ruffin) 320 pp. (nominated for the Weatherford Award, the highest honor bestowed a book that concerns the Appalachian South)
  • The Southern Poetry Anthology, Volume IV: Louisiana. Texas Review Press, 2011. (Co-edited with Paul Ruffin)
  • The Southern Poetry Anthology, Volume V: Georgia. Texas Review Press, 2012. (Co-edited with Paul Ruffin)
  • The Southern Poetry Anthology, Volume VI: Tennessee. Texas Review Press, 2013. (Co-edited with Jesse Graves & Paul Ruffin).
  • The Southern Poetry Anthology, Volume VII: North Carolina. Texas Review Press, 2014.
  • The Southern Poetry Anthology, Volume VIII: Texas. Texas Review Press, 2018.

Presentations

Commissioned Lecture on Deep Imagism, Reinhardt University, July 2016.

Commissioned Lecture on James Dickey, Reinhardt University, July 2016.

Elizabeth Cartwright Coker Visiting Lecturer in Poetry, Converse College, September 22, 2015.

Commissioned Lecture and Reading, Washington and Lee University, November 2, 2015.

Commissioned Workshop and Lecture on Contemporary Poetry, Georgia Writers Association, April 18, 2015

Commissioned Lecture on Writing Poetry, Furman University, March 30, 2015

Commissioned Lecture on Editorial Philosophy, Kennesaw State University, March 26, 2015

Commissioned Master Class and Tutorials with Graduate Students, Eastern Washington University, February 6, 2015

Commissioned Master Class on Poetry, East Tennessee State University, April 3, 2014.

Commissioned Master Class on Poetry, Lincoln Memorial University, 2014 Mountain Heritage Literary Festival

“Roethke and His Legacy”: A Poetry Workshop and Seminar Hybrid (Leader) – March 15 to April 29, 2014

“The Art of Submission: Publishing for Beginners”: A Poetry Workshop (Leader) – October 7 to December 8

Commissioned Master Class on Poetry, Millsaps College, November 18, 2013

Commissioned Reading and Workshop, Georgia Regents University, October 22, 2013

Commissioned Master Class on Poetry, The University of West Georgia, September 16, 2013

Invited Guest Poetry Workshop Leader, East Tennessee State University, October 2013

Invited Guest Lecturer: American Poetry, East Tennessee State University, October 2013

Writers’ Circle Commissioned Lecturer – “Sound Textures in Contemporary Poetry.” –Hayesville, NC –

August 10, 2013.

Lecture on Poetry, Belhaven University, April 2016.

Panel Mediator, “The Southern Poetry Anthology.” SAMLA. November, 2013.

Panel Mediator, “Introducing The Southern Poetry Anthology, Volume VI: Tennessee,” October, 2013. The Southern Festival of Books. Nashville, TN.

Featured Faculty, Turner Cassity Literary Festival, Douglas County, GA (July 9-10, 2011)

Guest Lecturer, Furman University, “Poetry from the Inside,” November 23, 2010

Guest Workshop Leader, Furman University, Advanced Poetry Workshop, November 23, 2010

Presenter, “A.R. Ammons’s Garbage and the Necessary Silence of Ecological Consciousness.” Faculty/Graduate Research Colloquium. The University of Southern Mississippi. November 20, 2008.

Presenter, “The Will to Art: Nietzschean Undercurrents in ‘Sailing to Byzantium.’” The University of Southern Mississippi Graduate Research Symposium. April 11, 2008.

Presenter, “‘This Most Unnatural Strife’: Wordsworth and the Natures of Maturation.” Remapping Intellectual Spaces. Intermountain Graduate Studies Conference. Utah State University. April 4, 2008.

Presenter, “‘A Silence is Living’: Georg Trakl's Quiet Apocalypse and the Barthesian Ideal.” Visions of Sound: The Aural in German Literature and History. Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, University of Virginia. February 2008.

Presenter, “Georg Trakl’s Schweigen: ‘Silence’ as Key to the Narrative Structure.” German Poetry. M/MLA Cleveland, Ohio. November 8-11, 2007.

Guest Lecturer, special invitation to speak in an undergraduate poetry creative writing workshop at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. October 2007.

Presenter, “Southern Instress: Gerard Manley Hopkins and the Poetic Inheritance of James Dickey.” Southern Writers, Southern Writing. University of Mississippi. July 2007.

Presenter, “Georg Trakl’s Natural Eschatology: Silence as Prophet in the Robert Bly/ James Wright Translation.” Prophetic Discourse from Amos to Zarathustra: On the Uses and Misuses of Prophecy. Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, University of Virginia. February 2007.

Presenter, “Developing the Editor’s Critical Apparatus and an Open Mind: Publication Standards and Practices of Small University Literary Magazines.” Commissioned Lecture for Swirl Magazine’s Staff at Montgomery College, Conroe, TX. February, 2006.

Interviewer and Writer, “The Southern Literature Festival: Honoring the Life and Works of George Garrett.” (with Brandon Wicks) October 2-4, 2003 Knoxville, Tennessee. Interviewed Dave Smith, R.H.W. Dillard, Richard Bausch, et al for the aforementioned Phoebe article, entitled “Mr. Creative Writing: Reflections on George Garrett.”

Research Interests

Writing Poetry

Writing Fiction

Writing Nonfiction

Editing and Publishing

Poetry and Science

Poetry of the American South

Modern and Contemporary American Poetry and Fiction

Poetic Forms

Ecocriticism/Environmental Studies

Appalachian Writing

Post-apocalyptic and Postlapsarian Media (particularly Literature)

Translation

Collaboration