Laurinburg, NC (PressExposure) March 18, 2009 -- Poetry with a St. Andrews flair will be on display when Jeremy Halinen joins Writer-in-Residence Ron Bayes as the featured readers at the Fortner Writers' Forum Thursday beginning at 8 p.m. in Orange Main Lounge of St. Andrews Presbyterian College.
Coeditor and cofounder of Knockout Literary Magazine, Halinen served as poetry editor of Willow Springs. A 2003 graduate of St. Andrews, his Fragments of Water won the Alan Bunn Memorial Chapbook Award that same year. His work has appeared in such publications as Arroyo Literary Review, Dos Passos Review, Pontoon: An Anthology of Washington State Poets, Number Ten, Quarter After Eight and Rio Grande Review. He has given readings and attends regional and national professional gatherings across the country. Halinen received his M.F.A. from Eastern Washington University.
An Oregon native, Bayes came to St. Andrews in 1968 to assist in the creation of the college's creative writing department after teaching at East Oregon State College and the University of Maryland. Founder and Emeritus publisher of the St. Andrews Review and St. Andrews College Press, Bayes has published numerous works of his own. Among the published works are The Casketmaker, Porpoise, Tokyo Annex, King of August, Fram and the 1985 Pulitzer Prize nominated Beast in View. Among his many honors are the North Carolina Award for Literature, the Roanoke-Chowan Prize for Poetry, North Carolina Writers' Network Lifetime Achievement Award, now named in his honor, and North Carolina Writers' Conference Award.
Bayes received his B.S. and M.S. from East Oregon State College and received the Doctor of Humane Letters Honorary Degree from St. Andrews in 2005. Bayes has also released his "Hit Poetry" CD, covering works from throughout his writing career.
The Writers' Forum is free and open to the public. For more information, call 910-277-5258.