Huntingdon Ellison Lecture presents poet Richard Tillinghast
Montgomery, Ala.—The renowned poet Richard Tillinghast will be the featured speaker for Huntingdon College's 2011 Rhoda Coleman Ellison Writers Festival public lecture, Thursday, October 20, at 7:00 p.m. in the College's Ligon Chapel, Flowers Hall. The lecture is free and open to the public. The event will be followed by a book-signing with books for sale on site by Capitol Book and News.
Tillinghast, an American poet who has lived and worked internationally, is the author of ten books of poetry, the most recent of which are The New Life, 2008; Sewanee Poems (2009, with lithographs by Joseph Winkelman); Selected Poems, 2009; and Dirty August, translations from the Turkish poet Edip Cansever, also 2009, in collaboration with Julia Clare Tillinghast-Akalin. For their Cansever translations, the father-daughter team received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2008 Richard Tillinghast also published Finding Ireland: A Poet’s Explorations of Irish Literature and Culture, winner of ForeWord Magazine’s book award for Best Travel Essays. He has received grants from the Irish Arts Council, the British Council, Culture Ireland, and the National Endowment for the Humanities; was awarded the Amy Lowell Travelling Fellowship from Harvard; and was a 2010–11 Guggenheim Fellow in poetry. Tillinghast has also been awarded the James Dickey Prize for poetry and the Cleanth Brooks Prize for creative non-fiction. He is currently working on a book about Istanbul.
Tillinghast earned his undergraduate degree at The University of the South, from which he was also awarded an honorary doctorate, and earned graduate and doctoral degrees from Harvard University. A professor emeritus at the University of Michigan, Tillinghast has also taught for Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland; directed the Michigan/Wisconsin Summer Program and the Bear River Writers Conference; and taught for The Poets' House, Ireland, the University of California-Berkeley, the College Program at San Quentin Prison, and Harvard University.
The Ellison Writers Festival was endowed by the late professor emerita of English for whom the series is named and funds an annual public lecture by a writer of note, as well as a workshop for Huntingdon writers.
Huntingdon College, grounded in the Judeo-Christian tradition of the United Methodist Church, is committed to nurturing growth in faith, wisdom, and service and to graduating individuals prepared to succeed in a rapidly changing world. Founded in 1854, Huntingdon is a coeducational liberal arts college.