Hamblin to be Featured Poet at Southern Literary Festival

Photo of Dr. Robert Hamblin.

The Southern Literary Festival will feature Southeast’s Dr. Robert Hamblin April 7-9.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., March 21, 2011 — Dr. Robert Hamblin, professor of English and director of the Center for Faulkner Studies at Southeast Missouri State University, will be the featured poet at the Southern Literary Festival at Blue Mountain College April 7-9.

The author of five volumes of poems, including “Crossroads: Poems of a Mississippi Childhood,” “Keeping Score: Sports Poems for Every Season,” and “Mind the Gap: Poems by an American in London,” Hamblin will present a public reading of his poems and conduct a poetry workshop for student writers.

Hamblin will also deliver a Faulkner lecture during the festival.  Blue Mountain College is located only 15 miles from New Albany, Miss., Faulkner’s birthplace.

The Southern Literary Festival, which recognizes student writers and enables them to interact with published authors, was started at Blue Mountain College in 1937.  Today its membership includes colleges and universities from a dozen Southern states.