Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Randall Jarrell on "The State of Things"

Every now and again, Irma Minerva tunes into other podcasts, and she was excited on Wednesday, January 19, to run across an entire hour on WUNC's "The State of Things" devoted to a legendary UNCG professor--Randall Jarrell (1914-1965). A portrait of the professor and poet hangs not far from Irma's desk, right outside the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA). Irma frequently looks through his papers, housed in SCUA, and invites you to check out the Jarrell finding aid.

Who was Randall Jarrell? He was a poet, novelist, critic, and beloved teacher. He began teaching at The Women's College (now UNCG) in 1947, and returned to teaching in Greensboro after serving as the 11th Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress.

The panel of Jarrell experts who discussed the poet's influence and legacy on "The State of Things" included one of Jarrell's former students, Heather Ross Miller. Miller, a renowned poet in her own right, has also given her papers to SCUA, and the finding aid is available here.

To learn more about Jarrell, read his bio posted on SCUA's website and listen to the podcast available from WUNC.

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