2013 Visiting Writer
On October 28 and 29 the Hillsdale College Department of English hosted the poet David Middleton, our 2013 Wilmer H. Mills Visiting Writer. During his visit Dr. Middleton will be giving two public presentations. On Monday evening, October 28, at 8:00 in Dow Rooms A & B he will be reading from his work. On the following night, October 29--again at 8:00 and again in Dow A & B–he will be delivering a lecture titled “'Tell Me a Story': The Life and Verse of Wilmer Hastings Mills (1969-2011).”
Until his retirement in June of 2010, David Middleton served for 33 years as Professor of English, Poet-in-Residence, Distinguished Service Professor, Alcee Fortier Distinguished Professor, and Head of the Department of Languages and Literature at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana. He was made Professor Emeritus at Nicholls in January of 2011. Middleton has been a member of theGuild of Scholars of the Episcopal Church since 1998.
Middleton’s books of verse include The Burning Fields (LSU Press, 1991), As Far as Light Remains (The Cummington Press [Harry Duncan], 1993), Beyond the Chandeleurs (LSU Press, 1999), and The Habitual Peacefulness of Gruchy: Poems After Pictures by Jean-François Millet (LSU Press, 2005). Middleton’s newest collection, The Fiddler of Driskill Hill: Poems (poems of Louisiana North and South), was published by LSU Press earlier this month. Middleton has also published several chapbooks of verse, the latest of which is The Language of the Heart, (Louisiana Literature Press, 2003), which won an award from The Advocate (Baton Rouge newspaper) as the best book of verse by a Louisianian for 2003.
In April 2006 Middleton won The Allen Tate Award for best verse published in The Sewanee Review for 2005. In November 2006 Middleton won the State of Louisiana Governor’s Award for Outstanding Professional Artist for 2006. Middleton's verse has appeared in The Anglican, The Anglican Theological Review, The Southern Review, The Sewanee Review, The Sewanee Theological Review, Chronicles, Louisiana Literature, The Formalist, Xavier Review, Critical Quarterly, The South Carolina Review, The Lyric, POEM, and elsewhere.
Middleton currently serves as poetry editor for The Classical Outlook and Modern Age. He has also served in the past as poetry editor for The Anglican Theological Review and The Louisiana English Journal.
Several of his books are currently available for purchase in the College Bookstore.