Showing posts from June, 2013

Maggie Smith Wins Tupelo Press's 2012 Dorset Prize

While poet Maggie Smith was in residence at VCCA in November 2011, she worked on her second book, The Well Speaks of It's Own Poison. which was just selected by Kimiko Hahn to win the 2012 Dorset Prize from Tupelo Press. Congratulations, Maggie!
"VCCA will be heartily thanked in the acknowledgments, because I made breakthroughs with the book there that I couldn't have made without the luxury of that time and space. Thank you thank you thank you."  -- Maggie Smith

Drawings, Paintings and Prosecco at Sharon Shapiro Open Studio + Sale in Charlottesville, Virginia

Sharon Shapiro is moving out of the Charlottesville studio she has been working in since 2001. As part of her moving sale, she is selling many works created prior to 2010 at a 20% discount.
Sunday, July 7, 2013 2:00 to 5:00  RSVP and Address Here

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You can help us make our budget for fiscal year 2013 by making a donation before the end of this month — June 30, 2013 THANK YOU!

Congratulations! Poet Eugene Gloria Won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award!

My Favorite Warlord, the third book of poems by Eugene Gloria, has won the 2013 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award. The award recognizes "outstanding works that contribute to our understanding of racism and our appreciation of the rich diversity of human cultures."
Eugene's work was chosen by a stellar committee consisting of Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (chair), poet Rita Dove, writer Joyce Carol Oates, psychologist Steven Pinker, and historian Simon Schama. The long history of the Anisfield-Wolf award includes five Nobel Prize recipients: Martin Luther King Jr., Wole Soyinka, Toni Morrison, Nadine Gordimer, and Derek Walcott.
"I remain deeply grateful to the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts for the gift of time and space that allowed me to write and revise many of the poems in my third collection. Thank you." -- Eugene Gloria
Eugene Gloria teaches creative writing and English literature at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana.

Michele Schuff Returns From Four-Week Residency Near the Baltic Sea

VCCA Fellow Michele Schuff of Austell, Georgia, recently returned from a four-week residency at Schloss Plüschow in Mecklenburg, Germany - one of VCCA's International Exchange Programs. 
While there, Michele worked in a studio in a 17th-century house near the Baltic Sea, and was featured in the Ostsee-Zeitung newspaper. If you would like to read the article in German, click here.
Find out more about the VCCA-International Exchange Programs here

Poet Charlotte H. Matthews' Beautiful Poem About "Bright Shiny Me"

Garden of Mirrors

The sky flashes and the great sea yearns
                                                               John Berryman

Because the feathers of a hummingbird diffract light
a dull bird will, without warning, turn a resplendent green,
an irredemable red.

We came to Morven Farm to be part of what has no
easy definition.  We came, more accurately, out of yearning
need for art.

What we shared was not just a one night stand because
many of us will wake dismantled, will see the garden
of mirrors again.

Every once in a while we get the chance to be idea makers.

"Bright Shiny Me" - The Multimedia Arts Installation at VCCA's "The Commission"

Overheard at VCCA's The Commission on Saturday, June 1, at UVA's Morven Farm: "It's a musical mirror garden" "Completely magical" "The sound is making my feet tingle" "It changes every time the clouds move" "It's like a blanket of falling stars" 


Online Reservations To See "Bright Shiny Me" Close at 2:30 Today