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"The Husband” Is Third Poem by Joseph Mills to be Read by Garrison Keillor

WINSTON-SALEM – "The Husband," a poem by Joseph Mills, a University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) faculty member, will be featured on Garrison Keillor’s “The Writer’s Almanac” on Nov. 5. It is the third poem by Mills to be featured on the program.

Mills' poem “The Guardian” was first featured on “The Writer’s Almanac” on Sept. 6, 2010. In addition, Mills’ poem, “The Good Nights” was featured on the program in 2008.

“The Writer’s Almanac” is a daily feature on public radio stations around the country, hosted by Keillor, who is perhaps best known as the host of “A Prairie Home Companion.” Each five-minute Almanac program features Keillor reading poems, prose and literary history. Both programs are available via American Public Media. For more information, including public radio stations that carry “The Writer’s Almanac,” visit the website at http://writersalmanac.publicradio.org/. “The Writer’s Almanac” is also available via podcast and newsletter.

“The Husband” is from Mills’ book “Love and Other Collisions,” published in 2010 by Press 53, which also published two earlier collections, “Angels, Thieves and Winemakers” in 2008 and “Somewhere During the Spin Cycle” in 2006. Mill’s fourth collection of poetry, “Sending Christmas Cards to Huck and Hamlet,” will be published by Press 53 in the Spring of 2012.

Mills is the first recipient of The Susan Burress Wall Distinguished Professorship in Humanities in the Undergraduate Academic Program at UNCSA. He joined the school in 1998, and teaches Humanities and Writing courses. He is the Poet-in-Residence at Salem College.

In addition to his poetry collections, Mills has published fiction, drama, and criticism. He edited “A Century of the Marx Brothers,” and has written for Latitude magazine and Small Winery Magazine. Mills and his wife, Danielle Tarmey, are the authors of “A Guide to North Carolina’s Wineries” (John F. Blair, Publisher). The second edition was released in 2007.

The University of North Carolina School of the Arts is the first state-supported, residential school of its kind in the nation. Established as the North Carolina School of the Arts by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, UNCSA opened in Winston-Salem (“The City of Arts and Innovation”) in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina system in 1972. More than 1,100 students from high school through graduate school train for careers in the arts in five professional schools: Dance, Design and Production (including a Visual Arts Program), Drama, Filmmaking, and Music. UNCSA is the state’s only public arts conservatory, dedicated entirely to the professional training of talented students in the performing, visual and moving image arts. For more information, visit www.uncsa.edu.