Vivian Shipley is editor of Connecticut Review and
the Connecticut State University Distinguished Professor. In 2001, she won the
Robert Frost Foundation Poetry Prize, and the Daniel Varoujan Prize from the
New England Poetry Club. In 2000, she won the Marble Faun Award for Poetry
from the William Faulkner Society and numerous other prizes.
Vivian Shipley is the first ever writer, so far as I know, who has been
sponsored by the The South Carolina Review. Certainly, she is the
first since the Review became the flagship of our little armada at
Clemson University Digital Press.
Characterizing Fair Haven (Negative Capability Press, 2000), Colette
"Whether she is communing with James Merrill at his Connecticut grave or
with Sylvia Plath as an imagined ally in planting a garden, Vivian Shipley
gives us a rich sense of her attachment to landscape and memory...Her
narrative skill, exuberant language and cadenced music, the insistent energy
and keen eye for particulars she brings to her meditations, signal a splendid
and generous spirit."
From the jacket of When There Is No Shore (Word Press, 2002), a
quotation by Sydney Lea:
"Vivian Shipley is, among her many distinctions, one of America's truly eminent poets of family.
Not that she is over-solemn (see her slam at Martha Stewart for a good
chuckle), but that, unlike so many of her rootless contemporaries, she comes
from identifiable (and complex and ultimately lovable) "people," as
they say in the South...which, like every landscape she touches is itself
complex and splendidly identifiable. In a word, to read this splendid
writer's poems is to enter a veritable world whose sadnesses are matched only
by the abiding hope and compassion of its creator."
We are pleased to welcome Vivian Shipley to Writers' Nook.