English professors Jessica Brophy and Wendy Miles will read from their work Oct. 15 at 8 p.m. in Sydnor Performance Hall. A reception and book signing will follow. The reading is sponsored by the Richard H. Thornton Endowment in English and the School of Humanities and Social Sciences.
Jessica M. Brophy is a New Jersey native and a poet who writes about family quirks, nature’s luster, childhood foods, and the body. She is also a scholar of the sublime and an adjunct teacher at University of Lynchburg and CVCC. She has published her poetry in Natural Bridge: A Journal of Contemporary Poetry, Alimentum: The Literature of Food, The Cherry Blossom Review, Polis, the Penwood Review and Wine, Cheese and Chocolate: A Taste of Literary Elegance. Brophy is co-chair of the Library Committee at the First Unitarian Church of Lynchburg where she serves as the creative writing editor of the newsletter.
Winner of the 2014 Patricia Dobler Poetry Award, a finalist for the 2013 Perugia Press Prize and Winner of James River Writers 2012 Best Poetry Contest, Wendy Miles has published multi-genre work in places such as Tupelo Quarterly, Arts & Letters, Southern Poetry Review, Hunger Mountain, storySouth, The Pedestal Magazine, Alabama Literary Review, The Chattahoochee Review, Caesura, The Dos Passos Review, Yalobusha Review, The Comstock Review, Hawaii Review, Richmond Magazine, and Volume IV of Anthology of Appalachian Writers. She has been awarded numerous writing fellowships from Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and her poetry has also been nominated three times for a Pushcart Prize. While writing and actively seeking a publisher for her first book, Wendy currently teaches at Lynchburg and Randolph colleges.