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Seibles Featured in 'Best American Poetry 2010'; Recent Presenter at 'What Matters Next' Conference

Tim Seibles, associate professor of creative writing at Old Dominion University, is featured in the 2010 edition of "The Best American Poetry." His poem "Allison Wolff," a coming-of-age story in 1970s Philadelphia that speaks to issues of race and ethnicity, is one of the 75 selected works in the volume.

Amy Gerstler, who edited the volume, describes the collection as "rich, vital, beguiling, and smart; packed with talented, inventive, all-over-the-map practitioners and great diversity of forms, methods, subjects and voices." The book, released in September by Scribner Poetry, a division of Simon & Schuster, showcases a wide variety of topics and themes.

"I feel honored to be included among my heroes," said Seibles. "This is a great endorsement of my efforts as a poet."

Seibles also was a presenter at the "What Matters Next" conference on Nov. 4, sponsored by TED and NASA in Newport News. TED is a small nonprofit devoted to "Ideas Worth Spreading," brings people together from a variety of disciplines for collaborative discussion. By teaming with NASA, the conference sought to merge science and art through language and consciousness.

Throughout the seminar, each presenter was tasked with exploring the challenges of our time and creating one idea worth spreading. Seibles' talk explored the idea that language is the "high priest of the imagination."

Since joining the ODU faculty in 1995, Seibles has taught courses in ODU's English department and the M.F.A. in creative writing program. He has received six grants from the Norfolk Commission for the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center and National Writers Project. His books of poetry include "Buffalo Head Solos," "Hammerlock," "Ten Miles an Hour," "Kerosene," "Hurdy-Gurdy" and "Body Moves."

Seibles' work has been included in many anthologies, including: "Under the Rock Umbrella," "Rainbow Darkness," "The Autumn House Anthology of Contemporary Poetry," "The Poets' Grimm: 20th Century Poems from Grimm Fairy Tales," "Humor Me" and "Roll Call: A Generational Anthology of Social & Political Black Literature & Art."

This article was posted on: November 15, 2010

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