Campus News

October 21, 2011

Poet D.A. Powell places his papers with Emory

D.A. Powell
The Georgia-born poet, whose poetry ranges from pop culture to AIDS, will read and sign books at the library on Oct. 26. (Photo by Trane DeVore)

By Maureen McGavin

Award-winning poet D.A. Powell is placing his papers with the Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library (MARBL) at Emory.

"We are delighted that D.A. Powell has honored us by placing his papers with MARBL," says Ginger Smith, interim director. "Not only is he a Georgia-born poet, but some of the issues to which his poetry responds — history, modern culture, global health issues like AIDS — connect to the subject matter documented in our collections."

In MARBL, Powell's papers will join those of other Georgia poets and authors such as James Dickey, Turner Cassity, Frank Manley and David Bottoms, all of whom garnered national attention with their work.

Powell will read his poetry and sign books Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 6 p.m. in the Jones Room of the Woodruff Library, when the formal announcement of the acquisition will be made.

Born in Albany, Ga., Powell writes poetry that invokes a range of subjects, from movies, music, art, and other aspects of modern culture to the AIDS epidemic. He has received the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award for his book "Chronic," which was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award.

"He's funny and wry, and very musical, both in how he writes and how he reads," says Kevin Young, curator of the Raymond Danowski Poetry Library at MARBL. "He's a tremendous poet, very lyrical."

More information on the free poetry reading with D.A. Powell.

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