By Bailey Fernandez, Graduate Writer
On October 19, 2019, the Library of Virginia will choose the winners for its 22nd Annual Literary Awards. In the poetry category, three finalists are eagerly awaiting the event. Among them is Michael Chitwood, who teaches in UNC’s Department of English & Comparative Literature and whose ninth poetry collection, Search & Rescue, has been nominated.
“The Commonwealth of Virginia is home to many talented writers whose work inspires and informs readers across the world,” said Librarian of Virginia Sandra G. Treadway. “The Library’s annual Literary Award Celebration is such a joyous way to honor their amazing work and to introduce them to new audiences.” The Library seeks to honor the literary heritage of Virginia in its particularity, commemorating authors from the region that extol its unique characteristics.
Chitwood himself speaks lovingly about both Virginia and the award. “I am deeply honored by the Library of Virginia nomination. It is one of the highest literary awards that my native state offers, and I join the company of many poets that I have long admired. Much of my work was inspired by the mountains of Virginia and to have that recognized is especially pleasing.” A poetic account of this inspiration can be found in Chitwood’s “The Ladder.”