D.A. Powell places papers with MARBL

Published 10-06-2011

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Award-winning poet D.A. Powell is placing his papers with the Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library (MARBL) at Emory University.


“We are delighted that D.A. Powell has honored us by placing his papers with MARBL,” says Ginger Smith, interim director. “Not only is he a Georgia-born poet, but some of the issues to which his poetry responds — history, modern culture, global health issues like AIDS — connect to the subject matter documented in our collections.”


In MARBL, Powell’s papers will join those of other Georgia poets and authors such as James Dickey, Turner Cassity, Frank Manley and David Bottoms, all of whom garnered national attention with their work.


Powell will read his poetry and sign books Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 6 p.m. in the Jones Room at the Woodruff Library on the Emory University campus, when the formal announcement of the acquisition will be made.


Born in Albany, Georgia, Powell writes poetry that invokes a range of subjects, from movies, music, art, and other aspects of modern culture to the AIDS epidemic. “He’s funny and wry, and very musical, both in how he writes and how he reads,” says Kevin Young, curator of the Raymond Danowski Poetry Library at the Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library (MARBL) at Emory University. “He’s a tremendous poet, very lyrical.”


Powell’s first three collections of poetry, “Tea” (1998), “Lunch” (2000), and “Cocktails” (2004), are viewed as a trilogy on the AIDS epidemic. His fourth book, “Chronic” (2009), received the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award and was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award. His fifth book of poems, “Useless Landscape, or a Guide for Boys,” is due out in February 2012.


Books and a limited-edition broadside will be available for sale and signing. Light refreshments will be served after the reading.


Woodruff Library is located at 540 Asbury Circle on the Emory campus in Atlanta, 30322. Parking is available in the Fishburne Deck; visit http://bit.ly/fishburneparking for directions.

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