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  • Shadows along the Waccamaw

    Dan Albergotti, Coastal Carolina University

    24 November 2008
    Dan Albergotti, Self-Portrait as Shadow on Skeletal Shed, 2008.
    Dan Albergotti, Self-Portrait as Shadow on Skeletal Shed, 2008.

    Dan Albergotti reads five poems in and around his current home of Conway, South Carolina, in locations that include the Waccamaw River and nearby Pawley's Island. For Albergotti, the natural world allows explorations of beauty, love, serendipity, and death. His poems also examine the "emotional landscape of denial" that marked his childhood and youth.

    "Shadows along the Waccamaw" is part of the Poets in Place series, a Research Collaboration in the Humanities initiative funded through Emory University’s Presidential Woodruff Fund, in collaboration with the Office of the Provost. Series producers are Natasha Trethewey and Allen Tullos.


    "The Mystery of the Great Blue Heron." Poem text.
    Dan Albergotti reads the poem "The Boatloads." Poem text.
    Dan Albergotti reads the poem "Accidents Happen with Clockwork Regularity." Poem text.
    Dan Albergotti reads the poem "Vestibule." Poem text.
    Dan Albergotti reads the poem "Stones and Shadows." Poem text.

    About Dan Albergotti

    Born in Orangeburg, South Carolina, Dan Albergotti lived in St. Matthews until age four, when his family moved to Florence. Albergotti currently directs the creative writing program at Coastal Carolina University in Conway. He earned a B.A. and M.A. from Clemson University in 1986 and 1988, a PhD in Literature at the University of South Carolina in 1995, and a M.F.A. from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2002. His first full-length collection of poems, The Boatloads, was published by BOA Editions in 2008 and was awarded the A. Poulin Jr. Poetry Prize. His poems have appeared in various print and online journals, including Mid-American Review, Prairie Schooner, Southern Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, Greensboro Review, Backwards City Review, and Southeast Review.

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    Interview with Natasha Trethewey

    In these excerpts from an interview conducted in Atlanta, Georgia, on 30 August, 2008, Dan Albergotti talks with Natasha Trethewey about the new internet journal Waccamaw, his experiences growing up in Florence, South Carolina (including the influence of family, religion, and racism), the poem "Vestibule" from his book The Boatloads, the role of place in his poetry, and how he relates to the idea of the "Southern writer."


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    Recommended Resources

    Published Work in Print

    Albergotti, Dan.The Boatloads. Rochester: BOA Editions, 2008.

    Links and Online Publications

    Albergotti, Dan."Among the Things He Does Not Deserve", The Writer's Almanac, 24 May 2009.

    Author portfolio at Southern Artistry

    Beaven, Craig. "Review of The Boatloads", Blackbird, Spring 2009.

    Spears, Brian. "A Questioning Faith: Review of The Boatloads", The Rumpus, 12 February 2009.

    BOA Editions Author Page

    From the Fishouse: An Audio Archive of Emerging Poets

    Interview at The Black Telephone blog by Michelle McEwen

    Interview about The Boatloads at First Book Interviews blog by Keith Montesano

    Interview and reading on The Jane Crown Poetry Show

    Interview and reading on The Joe Milford Poetry Show

    Interview at Town Creek Poetry

    Interview about "Vestibule" at How a Poem Happens blog by Brian Brodeur

    "Coming to the End of His Triumph: A Retrospective on Jack Gilbert" from
    (Academy of American Poets)

    "Among the Things He Does Not Deserve"
    (Academy of American Poets)

    "December 25, 2005" from DIAGRAM

    "Things to Do in the Belly of the Whale" from The Writer's Almanac (with audio)

    "Turning Back" from Verse Daily

    "Surprising the Gods" from Verse Daily

    "Days Spent in One of the Other Worlds" from Blackbird (with audio)

    "Sunday Morning Argument" from Town Creek Poetry

    "The Death of Polonius" from Town Creek Poetry

    "Years and Years and Years Later" from The Greensboro Review

    "Bad Language" from The Southeast Review

    Dan Albergotti is the Editor of this journal of contemporary literature.

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