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Volume 25, Number 1 — January 2018

Virginia Intermont Alumna Publishes Poetry Collection

Adrian Blevins (inset, bottom left), has written a brash, brave
Adrian Blevins (inset, bottom left), has written a brash, brave "tragicomic" take on growing up "in the center of the whirlwind of the early 1970s and living to tell the tale."

March 16, 2010

BRISTOL, VA. — Award-winning poet Adrian Blevins, a 1986 graduate of Virginia Intermont College, has published a new collection, Live from the Homesick Jamboree. It is a brash, brave "tragicomic" take on growing up "in the center of the whirlwind of the early 1970s and living to tell the tale," she says.

Adrian is the daughter of the late Tedd Blevins, who held a faculty position at Virginia Intermont for 42 years before he died in 2008. He was renowned for his artistic talent, wit, grit and an irreverent personality.

In this collection, Adrian tours her off-kilter life growing up "in the midst of a bohemian circus." She also charts her course of a rocky adolescence, two marriages, motherhood and the "little joys and struggles of daily life." Published by Wesleyan University Press, the collection is available for sale at Virginia Intermont's bookstore and other outlets.

Blevins is a professor of English at Colby College in Waterville, Maine. Her debut poetry collection, The Brass-Girl Brouhaha (2003), earned critical praise and won the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. She also received a Bright Hill Press Chapbook Award for The Man Who Went Out for Cigarettes (1996), the Rona Jaffe Writer's Foundation Award, and the Lamar York Prize for nonfiction.

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