Every residency, Ellen is with us, listening, suggesting, advising and making sure things go well. Without Ellen, and her Southern inflected encouragements, advisements, cautions, Warren Wilson’s program wouldn’t exist. So many of us, thousands! are hugely appreciative of Ellen Voigt’s pedagogy —and Ellen’s poetry. We are thrilled to salute her on this much -deserved award.
For those who do not know that Ellen is also a musician, a pianist, I mention this here. Music before meaning, Richard Hugo tells us . Music in the words and meaning, Ellen Voigt tells us in her essays like The Flexible Lyric, and poems. Kyrie.
It has been such a privilege to spend five residencies and four semesters at Warren Wilson in the program she created. Those of us who have had the pleasure of having Ellen attend their progress and participate in their graduation readings will understand my feelings.