Richard Peake to lecture at UVa-Wise on Oct. 1
Professor Emeritus Richard Peake will lecture at UVa-Wise on Tuesday, Oct. 1, at 7 p.m. in the Chapel of All Faiths on the importance of poetry in society and the difference between enjoying the honor being known as a poet versus the actual hard work of writing poetry.
The talk will feature readings from his books of poetry and recently published poems, including a number from his recently published Earth and Stars. Copies will be available for book signing after the talk.
A graduate of the University of Virginia and the University of Georgia, Peake taught English language and literature for over 40 years at Clemson University, Western Carolina University, the University of Georgia, and The University of Virginia's College at Wise, where he spent many years chairing the Department of Language and Literature and one year as acting dean of the College. Along with Professor Jack Mahony, he began the Medieval-Renaissance Conference held at the College each year.
While an undergraduate student at the University of Virginia, Peake won the Mary Cummings Eudy Poetry Award and later became poetry editor of The University of Virginia Magazine. Peake published early poems in Impetus alongside John Ciardi and in the Georgia Review. His collections of poetry include Wings Across … and Poems for Terence published by Vision Press, Birds and Other Beasts and Earth and Stars. Recent poems have appeared in Avocet, Harbinger Asylum, Jimson Weed, Boundless 2013, and The Book of the Year 2013 of the Poetry Society of Texas. Peake has also published two novels: an academic satire titled Jack, Be Nimble and an environmental novel, Moon's Black Gold.
A lifelong naturalist, Peake has served as President of the Virginia Society of Ornithology and has been active in ornithological activities throughout the southern United States and beyond. He has birded on all of the continents of the world except Antarctica and has a life list of over 700 species in the United States and over 5700 in the world. In 2001 he published Birds of the Virginia Cumberlands, an annotated list and discussion of the birds of Wise, Dickinson, Lee, and parts of Russell County Virginia.
A father and grandfather, Peake is a life member of many environmental organizations as well as the Poetry Society of Virginia and the Poetry Society of Texas.
This event, sponsored by the Jimson Weed and the Department of Language and Literature, is free and open to the public. Students will receive cultural activity credit for attendance. For more information, contact Kathy Still, director of news and media relations at 276-376-1027.