posted January 24, 2006

Poems by Priscilla Atkins Published

Poetry by Priscilla Atkins of the Hope College faculty has been included in two recent or forthcoming literary magazines.

Her poem "Wood," a poem about love and faith which reflects on her older sister, who has done woodworking for years, has been published in the Winter 2005 issue of "Shenandoah: The Washington and Lee University Review." Edited by R.T. Smith, "Shenandoah" has published award-winning fiction, poetry, essays and interviews since 1950.

A total of 13 of her poems are being published in the Winter 2006 issue of "The Midwest Quarterly." Presented under the group title "Drinking the Dark," the poems are inspired, in part, by Michigan beech trees. "The Midwest Quarterly," which premiered in 1959, is published by Pittsburg State University of Pittsburg, Kan., and edited by James B.M. Schick.

She also has poems forthcoming in spring issues of "Prairie Schooner," "Raritan," "Poetry East" and "Poetry London," the latter of which is an international literary magazine published in London, England.

Atkins is arts librarian with the rank of associate professor at the college, where she has taught since 1994. Her work has appeared in publications such as "The Southern Review," "Epoch" and "The North American Review." She completed her undergraduate degree at Smith College and an M.Ed. and an M.L.I.S. at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, and before coming to Hope taught in the poets-in-the-schools program in Hawaii.