Three distinguished local poets, Sue Ellen Thompson, Anne Colwell, and Adam Tavel are Harold Wilson’s guests today. All have received wide recognition for their poetry. Sue Ellen Thompson, was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and is winner of the 2010 Maryland Author Award. Her poems have been read a number of times on National Public Radio’s “The Writer’s Almanac.” Anne Colwell has received an Established Artist Award in Poetry and an Emerging and Established Artist Award in Fiction from the Delaware State Arts Council. Anne is currently an Associate Professor of English at the University of Delaware. Adam Tavel has received the Robert Frost Award from the Robert Frost Foundation and recently the Richard Wilbur Award for his third book, Catafalque. Adam is a professor of English at Wor-Wic Community College.
In addition to hearing these poets read from their own work, each discusses the authors who have had the greatest influence on their poetry – Sue Ellen Thompson on Jane Kenyon for example. Each talk about how they changed as a result of studying these great writers and how their work was directly affected. The discussion is very personal and informative by these three great literary authors.