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April 7, 2014/For Immediate Release

Media Contact: Lauren Whitaker, 336-734-2891, whitakerl@uncsa.edu



Joseph Mills to read from his fourth published collection

WINSTON-SALEM – Joseph Mills, the Susan Burress Wall Distinguished Professor of Humanities at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) is the featured poet for Forsyth County Library’s On the Same Poem luncheon. He will read “Telling Time” and other poems from his newest published collection, “Sending Christmas Cards to Huck and Hamlet,” at noon on Thursday, April 24, at the Central Library, 660 W. Fifth St., downtown Winston-Salem.

On the Same Poem, held in observance of National Poetry Month, is extension of the library’s annual community read program, On the Same Page. Participants discuss the featured poem over a brown bag lunch.

In addition to reading his work, Mills will answer questions from the audience. Reservations are advised. Information is available at http://www.forsyth.cc/library/Central/?StoryID=19268.

Joseph Mills

In previous years, featured poets for the event have included Rita Dove, Tony Hoagland, Kwame Dawes, Fred Chappell, and the state's former poets laureate Kathryn Stripling Byer and Joseph Bathanti.

In his review of “Sending Christmas Cards to Huck and Hamlet” for Our State Magazine, award-winning poet Anthony Abbott said it “is one of the most original collections of poetry I have ever encountered--original because it treats the whole world of books, poems, stories, fairy tales not only as being somehow more real than reality itself but as our most important lifelines to reality itself… There is about this book a sense of everything happening for the first time, even those literary events that seem to happen over and over.  What a pleasure this book gives the reader.”

Mills is the author of three additional poetry collections: Love and Other Collisions; Somewhere During the Spin Cycle; and Angels, Thieves, and Winemakers. His poetry has appeared in numerous publications and has been featured on The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor and in former United States Poet Laureate Ted Kooser's American Life in Poetry. His fifth collection, “This Miraculous Turning,” will be published in September by Press 53.

He holds degrees in literature from the University of Chicago (B.A.), the University of New Mexico (M.A.), and the University of California-Davis (Ph.D). He joined the Division of Liberal Arts at UNCSA in 1998.

Mills and his wife, Danielle Tarmey, are the authors of “A Guide to North Carolina’s Wineries.” The second edition was released in 2007.


As America’s first state-supported arts school, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts is a unique stand-alone public university of arts conservatories. With a high school component, UNCSA is a degree-granting institution that trains young people of talent in music, dance, drama, filmmaking, and design and production. Established by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, the School of the Arts opened in Winston-Salem (“The City of Arts and Innovation”) in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina system in 1972. For more information, visit www.uncsa.edu.