“His values and emphases–such as creative writing, sustainable agriculture, local economies, environmental stewardship, and the importance of the labor required to support a community– closely match those of the College,” said Undergraduate Writing Program Director Catherine Reid. “It’s an enormous honor to have him choose Warren Wilson, as he travels little these days and limits his engagements during the year.”
In preparation for Berry’s visit, classes across campus read Berry’s essays and responded to teaching prompts supplied by Reid and the Environmental Leadership Center. In addition, Matthews compiled and distributed a chapbook entitled “The Responsibility of the Poet,” in which 35 poets from across the country respond to an excerpt from Berry’s The Poet’s Responsibility.
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