Woolfitt Wins Adrienne Bond Award
By Sarah Wiggers
Dr. William Woolfitt, associate professor of creative writing at Lee, was recently awarded the Adrienne Bond Award for Poetry for his book, “Spring Up Everlasting.”
The Adrienne Bond Award for Poetry is one of several awards given annually by Mercer University Press. It is awarded to the manuscript that best uses poetic language to convey the vision of the author. Award winners receive contracts for their book’s publication in the summer of the following year.
“Set in Appalachia, Costa Rica, Afghanistan, Newfoundland, Mali, and elsewhere, ‘Spring Up Everlasting’ attempts to listen to and learn from the stories of people who have resisted the destruction and desecration of their environments, families, and homes,” said Woolfitt.
“Farmers, glassworkers, an elk hunter, Mary of Bethany, and the jazz musician Charles Mingus are among the witnesses gathered in the book,” continued Woolfitt. “These poems turn to the hope that we will be braced by the mysteries of God, that the Spirit will move in our broken lives and the mess of our world and spring up everlasting.”
Woolfitt is the author of two poetry collections: “Beauty Strip,” winner of the Texas Review Breakthrough poetry contest, and “Charles of the Desert,” a biographical sequence about Charles de Foucauld, a French hermit-missionary to Algeria. Woolfitt’s fiction chapbook, “The Boy with Fire in His Mouth,” won first place in the Epiphany Editions contest judged by Darin Strauss. Woolfitt has also had numerous poems and short stories published in literary journals.
Woolfitt has received the Howard Nemerov Scholarship from the Sewanee Writer’s Conference and two Denny C. Plattner Awards from Appalachian Heritage. He edits Speaking of Marvels, a blog that features interviews with poets and prose writers.
Woolfitt sponsors Lee’s literary journal, Lee Review, and serves on the board for the university’s annual Writer’s Festival. He earned a Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Fine Arts from Pennsylvania State University, a Master of Arts from Hollins University, and a Bachelor of Arts from Fairmont State University.
For more information about Woolfitt or his writing, visit his site.