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Former Georgia Poet Laureate David Bottoms to Present Poetry Reading at YHC

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Author: John Daniels
Media Contact: LeAnn Waldroup
(706) 379-5310,

Former Georgia Poet Laureate David Bottoms to Present Poetry Reading at Young Harris College

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga.— David Bottoms, who served as Poet Laureate of Georgia for 12 years, will present a special poetry reading at Young Harris College on Wednesday, March 19, at 7:30 p.m. in Wilson Lecture Hall of Goolsby Center on the YHC campus. The event is free and open to the public.

“David is a phenomenal reader and storyteller,” said YHC Assistant Professor of English Chelsea Rathburn. “He visited YHC a number of years ago, and is very excited to return. We are grateful to have such a distinguished guest on campus to visit with our students and the community.”

Bottoms is the author of eight poetry collections, two novels, and a book of essays and interviews. His work has been published in numerous magazines including The New Yorker, The Atlantic and Harper’s Magazine, in addition to 60 anthologies and textbooks.

He served as the Richard Hugo Poet-in-Residence at the University of Montana, the Ferrol Sams Distinguished Writer at Mercer University and the Chaffee Visiting Poet-in-Residence at Johns Hopkins University. Bottoms has also received numerous awards including the 2011 Governor’s Award in the Humanities, Poetry Magazine’s Frederick Bock Prize and Levinson Prize, and the Walt Whitman Award of the Academy of American Poets.

The co-founder of the literary journal Five Points, Bottoms has given readings at more than 250 colleges and universities across the country, as well as the Guggenheim Museum, Library of Congress and American Academy in Rome, Italy.

He received his B.A. from Mercer University and Ph.D. from Florida State University, and currently holds the John B. and Elena Diaz-Amos Distinguished Chair in English Letters at Georgia State University. He resides in Atlanta, Ga., with his wife and daughter.

For more information about the event, call (706) 379-5171.

About Young Harris College
Young Harris College is a private, baccalaureate degree-granting college located in the beautiful mountains of north Georgia. Founded in 1886 and historically affiliated with The United Methodist Church, Young Harris College educates, inspires and empowers students through the highest quality liberal arts education. The College currently has more than 1,100 students across five divisions—Education, Fine Arts, Humanities, Mathematics and Science, and Social and Behavioral Sciences. The historic campus in Young Harris, Ga., is currently undergoing major campus improvements to accommodate the College’s growth, including recent completion of a 226-bed residence hall that is expected to earn LEED certification, a 248-bed, apartment-style residential village and a 57,000-square-foot, LEED-certified recreation center. In 2011, the College was granted candidacy for NCAA Division II athletics, and in 2012, was invited to become the 14th member of the Peach Belt Conference. YHC is among fewer than 300 colleges and universities nationwide named to the 2013-2014 list of Colleges of Distinction. For more information, visit