Contemporary Writers Series: Robert Penn Warren Exhibit, April 10, 2013, 4pm

The Robert Penn Warren Exhibit:  Keynote speaker: Poet Dave Smith

Written by Professor Tom Douglass, Department of English

The Robert Penn Warren Exhibit at Joyner Library represents some of the finest work in the Stuart Wright Collection and the largest collection of associated Warren material held outside the Beinecke Library at Yale University.  Warren rare and fine print books, typescripts, holograph notes and manuscripts, letters, photographs, and ephemeral documents highlight the life and career of one of the greatest American writers of the 20th century. Robert Penn Warren (1905-1989) is the only writer to have won a Pulitzer Prize in both fiction and poetry. He was at the center of American literary life during his long and prolific career. Educated at Vanderbilt, University of California at Berkeley, and Yale University where he was also chosen to be a Rhodes Scholar at New College, Oxford, Warren first gained notice alongside the Fugitive Poets of Nashville — John Crowe Ransom, Allen Tate, Andrew Lytle and Donald Davidson, writers who are also represented in the SWC.

Warren (along with Cleanth Brooks) co-founded The Southern Review at the newly built Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, a time and place that would help him conceive All the King’s Men (1946), a novel based loosely on the life Governor Huey Long.  The Brooks and Warren collaborative editions of Understanding Poetry and Understanding Fiction would define how literature would be taught in the American classroom.

Warren was a prolific author of poetry and fiction, but he also became an important voice of American criticism and the national conscience. The 1964 collection of interviews he conducted with leaders of the nascent Civil Rights movement in Who Speaks for the Negro? (1965) included the first interviews with Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X, among others, his Jefferson lectures published in Democracy and Poetry (1975) charted the way for a more diverse and democratic representation in American literature.

Recipient of the Bollingen prize, and two-times awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for for Promises: Poems 1954-1956 (1958) and Now and Then (1979), Warren was named the first U.S. Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry in 1986. The SWC includes many manuscripts of his early and later work, and a handful of unpublished poems.

The many prizes of the SWC include manuscripts and published versions of Audubon: A Vision (1969), Brother to Dragons (1953) and (1979), A Place To Come To (1977), Now and Then (1978), Chief Joseph of the Nez Pierce (1983), New Dawn (1983), New and Selected Poems (1985), Portrait of a Father (1988), stage and film versions of All the King’s Men, and several essays – “Why Do We Read Fiction?” and “The Use of the Past,” among others. The hundreds of Warren ex-libris in the SWC display his critical interests and the vital relationship shared with the Fugitive Poets and writers of mid-century — Randall Jarrell, Robert Lowell, Peter Taylor, Eudora Welty, and Katherine Anne Porter. Many of these books also contain personal correspondence and significant marginalia.RPW_screen

Joyner Library and ECU’s Contemporary Writers Series are pleased to present Poet Dave Smith as the keynote speaker for the exhibit. Smith is currently the Elliott Coleman Professor of Poetry at Johns Hopkins University. Influenced by the work of James Dickey, AR Ammons, and Robert Penn Warren, Smith’s poetry chronicles the changing landscape of our country and the changing South. He has authored more than 17 books of poetry including Hawks on Wires: Poems 2005-2010 (2011), Little Boats (2006), and The Wick of Memory: New and Selected PoemsLittle Boats, Unsalvaged: Poems 1992–2004 and The Wick of Memory: New and Selected Poems, 1970–2000,Little Boats, Unsalvaged: Poems 1992–2004 and The Wick of Memory: New and Selected Poems, 1970–2000,Little Boats, Unsalvaged: Poems 1992–2004 and The Wick of Memory: New and Selected Poems, 1970–2000,Little Boats, Unsalvaged: Poems 1992–2004 and The Wick of Memory: New and Selected Poems, 1970–2000, (2000) published by LSU Press and Gray Soldiers (1984) published by Stuart Wright. Formerly editor of The Southern Review (the same literary magazine co-founded by Warren), Smith now serves as editor of the Southern Messenger Poets series for Louisiana State University Press.

New Exhibit in Special Collections Opens April 4th


Please join us for the opening of a new exhibit “Selections from John James Audubon’s Fifty Best Watercolors”.  The reception will honor donors Dr. and Mrs. Rick Webb.  It will feature brief talks by three faculty members on how this collection can be used as a teaching tool in diverse disciplines.
Michael Ehlbeck, MFA, School of Art and Design

Susan McRae, PhD, Department of Biology

Karl Rodabaugh, PhD, Department of History

The exhibit was curated by Paul Goodson, MLS under the direction of Maury York, Assistant Director for Special Collections.

ECU’s Joyner Library 5th Graduate Student Art and Design Exhibition Runs Through January 15th

GREENVILLE, N.C. (12/3/2012) – Joyner Library at East Carolina University celebrated the opening reception and award ceremony for the 5th Annual Graduate Student Art and Design Exhibition on November 15th.

This exhibition, held every fall semester, showcases the talent and hard work of ECU graduate students and provides an inspirational learning environment for all students, faculty, and library patrons.  Cash awards were given, with one funded by the Friends of Joyner Library to add original art to the Library’s permanent collection.  Diverse works include paintings and drawings, textile and metal designs, sculpture, photography, pottery, and more.

“The works by the 17 artists participating in this year’s exhibition are inspiring, creative, and thought-provoking.  Joyner Library is excited to host this exhibit and to provide an opportunity for the artists to share their talent with the community and to be recognized for their work,” says Jan Lewis, interim dean of Academic Library & Learning Resources.

C. Barbour Strickland III served as this year’s juror.  With more than 30 years of experience in N.C. arts, Strickland is the owner of FrameMakers, Strickland Art Resources & Gallery, and The Arts Connection website.  He is the former art director of the Greenville Museum of Art and currently serves on boards of art organizations statewide, including as president of the Friends of ECU’s School of Art and Design.

The exhibit runs through January 15, 2013 and is located in the exhibit gallery on the second floor of the library.  The exhibit viewing is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Dawn Wainwright at 252.328.4090.

2012 Winners

College of Fine Arts & Communication Dean’s Merit Award $400
Artist: Audrey Peck
Title: “Bark Necklace”
Medium: Bark, Copper, Steel, Brass, and Paper


Friends of Joyner Library Purchase Award $1000
Artist: Graham Erisman
Title: “Emotions of Burden”
Medium: Cast Iron & Fabricated Steel

Uptown Art Supply and Gallery at UBE $100 Gift Certificate
Artist: Catherine Stasevich
Title: “Pond Life Series: Muddy Bottoms Mug with Brown Bullhead”
Medium: Wood Fired Ceramics

School of Art and Design Director’s Award $400
Artist: Lorraine Turi
Title: “Past Life Portrait # 2”
Medium: Scanogram – Inkjet

Graduate Schools Dean’s Award $300
Artist: Kevin Vanek
Title: “Automatons of Industry”
Medium: Cast Iron

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