Library to Host Acclaimed Poet Bobby C. Rogers

The Friends of the Library will host poet Bobby C. Rogers at their Noon Book Review on Thursday, April 5th, at the Jackson Madison County Library downtown. Roger’s book Paper Anniversary won the 2009 Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize and was published by the University of Pittsburgh Press in fall 2010. It has just been nominated for the 2012 Poets’ Prize. He has been three times nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and he won the Greensboro Review Literary Prize in Poetry for 2002. His poems have appeared in The Southern Review, The Georgia Review, Shenandoah, Image, Epoch, Puerto del Sol, The Iron Horse Literary Review, Southwest Review, Sou’wester, Nimrod, Cimarron Review, Southern Humanities Review, Washington Square, Meridian, Grist, and many other magazines. His prose has been anthologized in two recent collections: From Line Break to Fast Break: Poets on the Art of Basketball and Afield: American Writers on Bird Dogs. In summer 2011 he was a Walter E. Dakin Fellow at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. His critical writing includes essay/chapters published in casebooks on the poetry of Denise Levertov and May Sarton. In February 2012 he was featured as artist of the month on the Image magazine website.
Rogers grew up in McKenzie, Tennessee and was educated at Union University, the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, and the University of Virginia, where he was a Henry Hoyns Fellow in creative writing. Currently, he is Professor of English and Writer-in-Residence at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. He lives in Memphis with his wife and son and daughter.
Friends of the Library holds monthly Noon Book Reviews. Poetry, journalism and fiction are among the genres represented by diverse writers they have hosted. Coffee and dessert are provided by the Friends of the Library. Patrons may bring a sack or box lunch with them to enjoy during the review. For more information, call the Jackson Madison County Library at 731-425-8600.