Society & Culture

The Georgia Review and the Georgia Poetry Circuit present Rick Campbell

Athens, Ga. – The Georgia Review and the Georgia Poetry Circuit will sponsor a reading by Rick Campbell on Monday, Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. at Ciné Bar/Café/Cinema (234 West Hancock Ave., Athens).

Stephen Corey, editor of the Review and author of several poetry collections, will open for Campbell. The event is open to the public free of charge.

The Georgia Poetry Circuit is a nine-member coalition of colleges and universities that annually supports statewide tours by three nationally recognized poets; Cleopatra Mathis read in Athens in November, and Brian Turner will read on April 1. The Georgia Review, the quarterly journal of arts and letters founded at University of Georgia in 1947 and published there ever since, has been the circuit’s UGA sponsor since the inception of the tour in 1985.

Rick Campbell’s latest book of poems is Dixmont (Autumn House Press, 2009). His earlier collections are The Traveler’s Companion (Black Bay Books, 2004); Setting the World in Order (Texas Tech University Press, 2001), which won the Walt McDonald Prize; and a chapbook, A Day’s Work (State Street Press, 2000). Individually, his poems and essays have appeared in many journals, including The Georgia Review, The Florida Review and Prairie Schooner. Campbell’s work has earned him a Pushcart Prize, a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship and two fellowships from the Florida Arts council.

Campbell also is the long-time director of Anhinga Press, one of the leading all-poetry publishers in the country. He teaches English at Florida A&M University.He lives in Gadsden County, just west of Tallahassee, with his wife and daughter.

Plainspoken yet musical, Campbell’s poems often reflect upon his upbringing in steel-era Pittsburgh, his adult life in Florida and his perpetual urge to drive the blue highways of America, said Corey.

For more information, call The Georgia Review at 706/542-3481, see or follow the Review on Facebook. Selected poems from Campbell for reprint are below.