Notable Books by North Carolina Writers: July, 2005
Devoted Creatures, by Bill Van Every
(Dorset, Vt: Tupelo Press, 2004)
Thousands hopping on the low mud bank,
Bill Van Every was born in 1964, in Charlotte, N.C. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Arizona in 1994, and a Master of Fine Arts degree from The Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College in 1997. Devoted Creatures, from which this poem is drawn, was selected by Thomas Lux for the Tupelo Press Judges Prize in Poetry in 2004. He has published poems in The Asheville Review, The Colorado Review, Interim, Sow's Ear, The Miranda Station Review,and Persona. He has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and his book length manuscript was a finalist for the 1998 Breadloaf/Bakeless Literary Prize and the Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize sponsored by Story Line Press. He has served as a regional judge for The River of Words Project. Mr. Van Every lives with his wife, Kerry, and daughter, Stella, in the Blue Ridge mountains of western North Carolina. About Devoted Creatures the poet Tony Hoagland wrote: "There's a directness here which comes straight from the unmediated gut, and there's a spiritual ferocity, too, which cuts the psyche open and exposes the wild, aching human heart. Like a true original, Bill Van Every has devised his own poetic grammar of truth, and he speaks it with disturbing, hilarious clarity."