WVW Contest Judge Bios 2015 – Marjory Wentworth (Pearl S. Buck Award for Writing for Social Change)

MARJORY WENTWORTH (Pearl S. Buck Award for Writing for Social Change)

Marjory Wentworth’s poems have appeared in numerous books, magazines, and anthologies. She has been nominated for The Pushcart Prize five times. She is the Poet Laureate of South Carolina.

Her first collection of poems, Noticing Eden, was published by Hub City Writing Project in 2003. Her second volume, Despite Gravity, was published by Ninety-Six Press in 2007. Shackles, a children’s book, was published by Legacy Publications in February 2009. Her third collection of poems, The Endless Repetition of an Ordinary Miracle, was released in the spring of 2010 from Press 53. She is the co-writer with Juan Mendez of Taking a Stand: The Evolution of Human Rights published by Palgrave Macmillan in the fall of 2011.

New and Selected Poems is just out with the University of South Carolina Press.

Ms. Wentworth serves on the Board of Directors and is the current President of the Lowcountry Initiative for the Literary Arts (LILA); she is on the board of directors of the Poetry Society of SC. Her work is included in the South Carolina Poetry Archives at Furman University. She teaches poetry in The Charleston County Schools’ Engaging Creative Minds Program and she is on the faculty at The Art Institute of Charleston.

Educated at Mt. Holyoke College, Marjory Wentworth received her M.A. in English Literature and Creative Writing from New York University.


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