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Alumna, ‘Genius Award’ recipient, returns to campus

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A.E. Stallings

Noted poet and MacArthur Foundation “Genius Award” recipient A.E. Stallings will return to UGA, her alma mater, for a poetry reading and a series of public events March 25 and 26.

Stallings, who received a bachelor’s degree in Latin from the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences in 1990, is the author of the poetry collections Archaic Smile and Hapax. She also has published a verse translation of Roman poet and philosopher Lucretius’ De Rerum Natura (The Nature of Things) and is the recipient of numerous awards for her work. In 2011, Stallings was one of 22 people worldwide selected as a MacArthur Fellow by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. The fellowship is often referred to as the “genius award” and comes with an unrestricted stipend of $500,000 to the recipient.

Stallings will deliver a poetry reading March 25 at 7:30 p.m. at Ciné, 234 W. Hancock Ave., in which she’ll be joined by Coleman Barks, a retired UGA English professor who is internationally known for his translations of the Persian poet Rumi, and doctoral student Ida Stewart, whose book GLOSS won the 2011 Perugia Press Prize for a First or Second Book by a Woman.

On March 26, Stallings will participate in a roundtable discussion on the poetics of translation titled “Such as Centaurs: Poetry and Translation” at 11 a.m. in room 214 of the Miller Learning Center. At 1 p.m., she will be honored at a lunch that is open to the public in the reading room of the Miller Learning Center. At 2:30 p.m., she will deliver a keynote presentation in the Chapel, followed by a reception in Demosthenian Hall.

“In her poetry, Alicia mines the work of the classical poets and traditional poetic techniques and forms-like the sonnet, couplet and sapphics-to deliver startling and emotionally compelling insights about contemporary life,” said Naomi Norman, head of the Franklin College’s department of classics. “We are thrilled to have her back on campus for what will be an exciting opportunity to hear her, Coleman Barks and Ida Stewart read their poetry. I’m sure her visit will encourage us to think about poetry in a wider context.”

Stallings is originally from Decatur and came to UGA as an Honors student on a Foundation Fellowship, the university’s premier undergraduate scholarship that offers exceptional opportunities for international travel. She later received her master’s degree at Oxford University in England and now resides in Athens, Greece, where she serves as director of the poetry program at the Athens Centre.

Stallings’ poetry and essays have appeared in publications such as Poetry, The Atlantic Monthly, The Hudson Review and the Yale Review in addition to The Best American Poetry anthologies of 1994 and 2000.

She has been awarded a Pushcart Prize, the Eunice Tietjens Prize, the 2004 Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award and the James Dickey Prize. In 2010, she was awarded the Willis Barnstone Translation Prize and in 2011 won a Guggenheim Fellowship.