Past Visiting Poets

Judson Mitcham

Judson Mitcham’s poetry has been widely published in literary journals, including Poetry, Harper’s, Georgia Review, Hudson Review, New England Review, and Southern Review. His first poetry collection, Somewhere in Ecclesiastes, earned him the Devins Award from the University of Missouri Press. He has been awarded an NEA Fellowship in Creative Writing and a Pushcart Prize. Mitcham has twice won the Townsend Prize for Fiction--for his novels The Sweet Everlasting and Sabbath Creek. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Georgia in 1974 and began teaching psychology at Fort Valley State University, where he taught until his retirement in 2004. He has also served as adjunct professor of creative writing at Mercer University, the University of Georgia, Georgia College & State University, and Emory University, where he directed the Summer Writers’ Institute. His most recent book is A Little Salvation: Poems Old and New, published by the University of Georgia Press. In 2012 he was named poet laureate of Georgia, and in 2013 he was inducted into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame.

Andrew Motion

Andrew Motion was UK Poet Laureate from 1999-2009. He was born in London and in 2015 was appointed a Homewood Professor in the Arts at Johns Hopkins University. He is the co-founder and co-Director of The Poetry Archive (, and the recipient of several prizes for his work, including most recently the Ted Hughes Award; he was knighted for his services to poetry in 2009. His most recent collection of poems is Peace Talks (2015).

Ginger Murchison

Ginger Murchison earned her MFA from the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers. Together with Thomas Lux, she helped found POETRY @ TECH, where she served as associate director for five years. She serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of The Frost Place, consulting faculty for the Palm Beach Poetry Festival and is Editor-in-Chief of the acclaimed Cortland Review. Her debut collection of poems is a scrap of linen, a bone from Press 53.

Dean Parkin

Dean Parkin was born in 1969 and left school at the age of sixteen to work at a printers, and then in a bookshop. He worked for The Poetry Trust for fifteen years (2000-2015) – latterly as Creative Director, programming the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival. He is now a freelance poet, devising his own projects and running workshops for every age group, from school children to the over nineties. He has published four chapbooks and his first full collection, The Swan Machine (The Rialto) was published in November 2015.

Chris Salerno

Christopher Salerno resides in Caldwell, New Jersey, where he serves as associate professor in the creative writing and MFA programs at William Paterson University.

Anya Silver

Anya Silver has published three books of poetry with the Louisiana State University Press:  The Ninety-Third Name of God, I Watched You Disappear, and From Nothing.  She has been published in numerous anthologies and journals, including Best American Poetry 2016, Poetry in Medicine, How to Write a Poem, and Intimacy:  Poems.  Her work has been featured on Garrison Keillor’s The Writer’s Almanac, in Ted Kooser’s syndicated column American Life in Poetry, as an Academy of American Poets Poem of the Day, and on Poetry Daily.  In 2015, she was named Georgia Author of the Year for Poetry.  She is Professor of English at Mercer University and lives in Macon, Georgia with her husband and son.