Mr. Tom Kirby-Smith has been elected chairperson of the Friends of the UNCG Libraries and to a new term on the Board of Directors. He was elected at the recent annual meeting of the Friends, which featured a presentation by authors Lee Smith and Hal Crowther.
Mr. Kirby-Smith, who taught at UNCG for many years, was an early editor of the Greensboro Review. He is also the author of several books, including a guide to U.S. observatories, a book on the philosopher George Santayana, a book that examines free verse poetry and one on the emergence of poetry from music. His poetry and essays have been published in the Southern Review, the Sewanee Review, the Virginia Quarterly Review, Shenandoah, Poetry (magazine), the Mountain Goat, the Southern Poetry Review, Ploughshares, and the Hudson Review. He has served on the board of editors of Versification. His chapbook of poems, The Musical Constellations, was published by Unicorn Press in 2007. Among his former students is Claudia Emerson, the 2006 Pulitzer Prize-winner for poetry. His online poetry tutorials have been used widely by poetry teachers for almost a decade. Mr. Kirby-Smith received his B.A. from Sewanee, an M.A. from Harvard, and held a Wallace Stegner Fellowship at Stanford. He was also a Fulbright scholar in Dijon, France.
Other newly-elected Board members include Ms. Billie Durham of Asheboro, and Mr. Lorenzo Meachum, Ms. S. Camille Payton, Ms. Ingrid Ruffin, and Mr. Norman Smith, all of Greensboro. Re-elected to the Board were Mr. Howard Covington, Ms. Rosemary Roberts, and Ms. Barbara Walser, also of Greensboro.