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Poets, Ed Madden, Kimberly Simms Gibbs and Fred Dings - Oh MY!


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Ed Madden is the author of four books of poetry, most recently Ark, a memoir in verse about helping with his father's home hospice care. His chapbook, So they can sing, won the 2016 Robin Becker Prize. He is a professor of English and director of Women's & Gender Studies at the University of South Carolina. In 2015 he was named the poet laureate for the City of Columbia.

Kimberley Simms - Kimberly's literary voice is rooted in the Southern tradition of storytelling, informed by her British and Southern lineage. She is an award-winning poet and was the was the 2016 Carl Sandburg National Historic Site Writer-In Residence. In her debut book of poems, Lindy Lee: Songs on Mill Hill, Kimberly chronicles the lives of textile workers in the Piedmont with historical accuracy and imaginative insight. These are poems of sorrow, joy, and redemption that linger in the heart. She is a Pushcart Prize nominee and her work is included in the South Carolina Poetry Archives at Furman University. Learn more at kimberlyjsimms.com.

Fred Dings has written three full-length collections of poetry, After the Solstice (Orchises Press), Eulogy for a Private Man (TriQuarterly Books), and his newly completed The Four Rings. He earned his MFA at the Iowa Writer's Workshop, where he studied with Marvin Bell, James Galvin, Jorie Graham and Gerald Stern; he earned his Ph.D. from the University of Utah, where he studied with Richard Howard, Larry Levis, and Mark Strand. His work has appeared in many magazines and journals, including The New Republic, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, POETRY, TriQuarterly, World Literature Today, and others.

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