Pankey Hosts This Year’s Heritage Workshop

Posted: November 21, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Colleen Kearney Rich

Each spring semester for the last eight years, the Creative Writing Program at Mason has offered a free writing workshop for the community. In 2007, the program will offer a poetry workshop with award-winning poet Eric Pankey.

The workshop begins on Tuesday, Jan. 23, and runs through May 1. Entry into the 14-week workshop is by manuscript approval, and the deadline for manuscripts is Monday, Dec. 11.

Winner of the Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets, Pankey has written seven collections of poetry, most recently “Reliquaries” (Ausable 2005). His poems, essays and reviews have appeared in Antaeus, The Antioch Review, The Gettysburg Review, Grand Street, The Iowa Review, The Kenyon Review, The New Republic, The New Yorker, The Quarterly, Shenandoah and many other publications. He holds the Heritage Chair in Writing at Mason.

“I am looking forward to working with the talented poets I know are out there in the community,” said Pankey. “I expect the atmosphere of the workshop will be at once serious and generous.”

The free workshop will meet from 7:30 to 10 p.m. on Mason’s Fairfax Campus each Tuesday during the spring semester.

Persons interested in taking the workshop should submit manuscripts to: Heritage Workshop, Attn: Danielle Deulen, George Mason University, 4400 University Drive, MS 3E4, Fairfax, Va. 22030. Manuscripts should not exceed seven pages that reflect the kind of work you would like to concentrate on in the workshop.

For more information, contact Deulen in Mason’s English Department at

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