Poetry Reading: Donna Glass, Patricia Dobler Poetry Award Winner 2019

Featuring Judith Vollmer, judge of the 2018 Patricia Dobler Poetry Award, and Donna Glass, winner of the 2018 Patricia Dobler Poetry Award
Wednesday, March 27, 2019
4:00 p.m.
Gailliot Center, University Commons
Free and open to the public
Free parking
Reception and book table following the reading 

Judith Vollmer is the author of five full-length books of poetry including, most recently, The Apollonia Poems (University of Wisconsin Press, 2017), and The Water Books (Autumn House Press, 2012). Her previous books are Reactor (University of Wisconsin Press 2004), nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award and featured in the Los Angeles Times Book ReviewThe Door Open to the Fire, awarded the 1997 Cleveland State University Press Poetry Prize and finalist honors for the Paterson Prize; and Level Green, Brittingham Prize, Wisconsin, 1990. She also is the author of the limited-edition collection Black Butterfly, winner of the 1997 Center for Book Arts prize. Vollmer has received poetry fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and residencies from The Corporation of Yaddo, the American Academy in Rome, the Centrum Foundation, and others. Her poems have appeared in Poetry InternationalAgniThe Women's Review of BooksPoet LoreCerise PressPrairie SchoonerThe Fourth RiverThe Great River Review, and many other journals and anthologies. She has read her work nationally at colleges, universities, museums and galleries, arts organizations, and community centers. Her essay on Baudelaire, "The Stroll and Preparation for Departure," is included in the Cambridge Companion to Baudelaire  (Cambridge University Press, 2006). Vollmer teaches in the Low Residency MFA Program in Poetry & Poetry in Translation at Drew University. She is a recipient of the Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award of the University of Pittsburgh and is a founding editor of the literary journal 5 AM. She lives in Pittsburgh in the Nine Mile Run Watershed.

Donna Glass was born in Dunoon, Scotland, where her father was stationed for military service. She grew up in rural Oklahoma. Having worked in law offices most of her adult life, Glass considered a career path involving legal studies when she returned to college at age twenty-nine but decided to pursue English, for she dearly loved literary arts. After earning her BA and MA in English (concentration in literature), Glass began her career as a college instructor. For about nine years, she commuted 230 miles (round-trip) once or twice each week, pursuing a doctoral degree in English/creative writing/poetry. She currently teaches English and humanities courses as faculty at Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology.


Sponsored by the Madwomen in the Attic Creative Writing Workshops at Carlow University, the Patricia Dobler Poetry Award is an annual contest open to women writers over the age of 40 who have not published a full-length book. This award is named for the late poet Patricia Dobler, who taught for many years at Carlow University, where she directed the Women's Creative Writing Center and the Madwomen in the Attic Writing Workshops. She is the author of Collected Poems (Autumn House Press, 2005); Talking to Strangers(University of Wisconsin Press, 1986), which won the Brittingham Prize in Poetry; UXB (Mill Hunk Books, 1991); and Forget Your Life (University of Nebraska Press).

For more information, contact Sarah Williams-Devereux atsewilliams412@carlow.edu or Jan Beatty at jpbeatty@carlow.edu.

This reading is sponsored by Carlow University's English Department, Creative Writing Program, and Women's and Gender Studies Program.