Congratulations to the three Suzuki String students were chosen to participate in the prestigious Belhaven Univ. All-State orchestra on March 23, 2013. The 47 members of this orchestra were chosen by audition and come from across the state of Mississippi. The students pictured from left to right are: Scott Sandifer from Caledonia, MS, Daniel Jones from Starkville, MS, and Abbey Swartzendruber from Smithville, MS. The All-State orchestra was conducted by Maestro Ivan Del Prado. The concert included: Symphony No.1 by William Boyce, Concerto in C minor by G. P. Telemann, Capriol Suite by Peter Warlock, and the St. Paul Suite by Gustav Holst.
I am a poet, translator, and professor of literature and creative writing at Mississippi University for Women, where I direct the Low-Res MFA in Creative Writing, the undergraduate concentration in creative writing, and the Eudora Welty Writers' Symposium. I have published three books of poetry, Barrier Island Suite, Time Capsules, and Landscapes and Architectures, as well as a collection of translations of the Belgian poet Paul Snoek, Hercules, Richelieu, and Nostradamus. I live in Columbus with my wife, Kim Whitehead; son, Aidan; and dog, Aleida.