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Leon Stokesbury

Associate Professor

M.A., M.F.A., University of Arkansas, 1972
Ph.D., Florida State University, 1984


Creative Writing, Poetry


Architect of the department’s studio/academic Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing, established in 1989, Dr. Stokesbury also teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in poetry writing, the form and theory of poetry, modern poetry, and contemporary poetry. His poems have appeared in many journals, including The Partisan ReviewThe Kenyon Review, The New Yorker,The Georgia Review, and The New England Review, and they have been reprinted in more than three dozen anthologies and college textbooks. His first book of poems, Often in Different Landscapes, was chosen by Richard Eberhart as co-winner of the first Associated Writing Programs Poetry Competition (1975). His most recent book of poems is Autumn Rhythm: New and Selected Poems, published in 1996. Recently, he edited a second edition of The Made Thing: An Anthology of Contemporary Southern Poetry, published in 2000.

Dr. Stokesbury has received numerous grants and awards for his poetry, including the Porter Fund Award for Literary Excellence (1985), the Robert Frost Fellowship in Poetry from the Breadloaf Writers Conference (1990), and the Distinguished Georgia Poet of the Year Award (1992). Autumn Rhythm: New and Selected Poems was awarded The Poet’s Prize for 1996 as the best book of verse published by an American citizen during that year.


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Ed. The Made Thing: An Anthology of Contemporary Southern Poetry. 2nd edition. Fayetteville: University of Arkansas Press, 2000.
Autumn Rhythm: New and Selected Poems. University of Arkansas Press, 1996.

The Drifting Away. Fayetteville: University of Arkansas Press, 1986.

Often in Different Landscapes. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1976.