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Professors Share Published Work with Community

Bunny Goodjohn and James Peterson to hold reading at local school.

10/21/2009 1:11:16 PM


LYNCHBURG – Randolph professors Bunny Goodjohn and James Peterson will share their creative writing talents with students from National College Oct. 22 from 12-1:30 p.m.

Goodjohn, an assistant professor of English and director of the Writing Program, is a graduate of the College who has since published a novel and has been published in numerous literary journals.

Goodjohn will read from her newest work, The Weather House. The collection traces the journey from addiction to recovery and was a finalist for the New Rivers Press prize in 2007.

She wrote her first novel, Sticklebacks and Snow Globes, during her senior year in college. Her second novel, The Beginning Things, is under consideration for publication.

Goodjohn loves sharing her work with Randolph College students and the community at large. “Poetry can exist without an audience, but it becomes what I call ‘shoebox’ poetry – the kind of pieces that end up in a box under the bed,” she said. “When shared, poetry forges brave connections between the poet, the poem and the audience.”

>Goodjohn loves opening people’s minds to poetry. “I think sometimes you have to have feed poetry – like chocolate – to tempt the people who feel they have no interest in the genre,” she said. “The joy for me is the brand new audience. Witnessing someone discover poetry for the first time is such fun!”

James Peterson, associate professor of English, is the author of numerous published work including four poetry collections. One of those works, The Owning Stone, was winner of the 1999 Benjamin Saltman Award. His poems have appeared widely in magazines such as the Georgia Review, Poetry, and Prairie Schooner. He has also written several plays.

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