Furman Library Announces Poetry Archives Book Prize

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Furman University's James B. Duke Library has announced the winner of the inaugural South Carolina Poetry Archives Book Prize.

Warren Slesinger, a longtime resident of Beaufort, South Carolina, has worked as an editor, marketing manager, and sales manager at several publishers, including the University of South Carolina Press. He edited the anthologies Spreading the Word: Editors on Poetry and The Whole Story: Editors on Fiction, both from The Bench Press. He has received both an Ingram Merrill Grant and the South Carolina Literary Arts Fellowship. His poems have appeared in notable journals such as The American Poetry Review, The Georgia Review, The Iowa Review, New Letters, The Sewanee Review, The South Carolina Review, and Southern Humanities Review.

Slesinger's first full-length collection of poems and winner of the prize, The Evening Light, is published by The Ninety-Six Press and purchase information is available at Furman University's Special Collections and Archives website.

DebbieLee Landi, Special Collections Librarian and Furman University Archivist, began the South Carolina Poetry Archives in 2005 to serve as a repository for an important and ever-expanding part of Southern literature, twentieth and twenty-first century poets. The South Carolina Poetry Archives also provides a gateway for university students and encourages Furman professors to integrate South Carolina poetry into the curricula. The South Carolina Poetry Archives currently sponsors the annual prize and is planning next year's events.

For more details, please contact DebbieLee Landi, Special Collections Librarian and Furman University Archivist at debbielee.landi@furman.edu or 864-294-2714.

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