On November 10, author and editor Amy Wright, creative writing coordinator at Tennessee’s Austin Peay State University, visited Paducah to share readings from her poetry, the first poetry reading to be held in the Paducah School of Art and Design’s Bill Ford Gallery.
“The Bill Ford Gallery is such a unique space to hold a reading, it just makes sense to showcase the ways in which different artistic disciplines can play off and enhance one another,” said Britton Shurley, WKCTC associate professor of English and event coordinator.
Shurley added, “Amy Wright is a poet whose work is both wide ranging and exciting. Whether she’s examining complex issues of biodiversity and humanity’s precarious relationship with nature, as in Everything in the Universe, or tackling the equally complex terrain of race, class, and gender in the American south, as in Cracker Sonnets, her poems are moving and electric,” said Shurley.
Wright received a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Virginia, a Master of Arts in English from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and a Ph.D. from the University of Denver. In 2007, she joined the creative writing faculty of Austin Peay State University.
She is also Nonfiction Editor of Zone 3 Press, and her work has been awarded with an Individual Artist Grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission, a fellowship to the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and two Peter Taylor Fellowships to the Kenyon Review Writer’s Workshop. Some of her writing appears in Brevity, Kenyon Review, Tupelo Quarterly, and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency and is archived at awrightawright.com.