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Award-winning Poet Joins Atlantic Cape through Visiting Professor Program

December 8, 2011

Award-winning poet Kathleen Graber will join Atlantic Cape Community College as the Beacons by the Sea Visiting Professor for the 2012 spring semester.

During her visit, Graber will serve as an adjunct instructor for two classes, Poetry Workshop, Mondays, 7-9:45 p.m.; and Contemporary Poetry, Mondays, 2-4:45 p.m. Classes begin Jan. 23 at the Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike, and are open to current students and members of the community interested in learning more about poetry. Registration begins Nov. 28. For more information, visit or call (609) 343-5000.

Graber is an assistant professor of English in the creative writing program at Virginia Commonwealth University. Her first poetry collection, Correspondence, was the winner of the Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize. In 2003 and 2009, Graber was the recipient of fellowships from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Also in 2003, she received a fellowship from the Rona Jaffe Foundation. She has also been recognized as a Hodder Fellow in poetry at Princeton University and an Amy Lowell Traveling Scholar. In 2011, Graber received a National Endowment for the Arts Grant in Poetry and received the Junior Scholar Award from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Work from her second poetry collection, The Eternal City, has been recognized by The New Yorker, The American Poetry Review, Blackbird, Gulf Coast, The Georgia Review, The Kenyon Review and AGNI. It was a finalist for the National Book Award, Poetry, and the National Book Critics Circle Award.

Graber holds a master of fine arts degree from New York University in creative writing and poetry and a bachelor of art in philosophy from Hofstra University

The visiting professor program is funded by the Atlantic Cape Foundation and Beacons by the Sea, a public arts and fundraising project that placed 73 fanciful artist-decorated lighthouses in prominent locations throughout New Jersey’s Atlantic and Cape May counties in 2003.