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BettyAdcock

Betty Adcock. Courtesy North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame.

Elizabeth "Betty" Sharp Adcock (born 1938) is an American poet.[1]

LifeEdit

The daughter of a landowner and a schoolteacher, Adcock grew up in San Augustine, Texas, a small farming community. The landscape of the area, a mix of West and Deep South, influenced her work. She moved to North Carolina after her marriage to Donald Adcock. The two have a daughter, Sylvia.

Adcock is primarily self-taught. She has no degrees,[2] though she attended Texas Tech University, Goddard College, and North Carolina State University.[3] She studied and wrote poetry for more than 10 years while working in the business world. After her 1st book was published, she was awarded a teaching residency at Duke University. Other teaching positions followed, most notably her ongoing position as Writer in Residence at Meredith College, which she held until 2006.[2]

She has served as a faculty member in the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers in Asheville, NC and in the Writer-in-Residence program at Meredith College in Raleigh, NC. She has also held residencies at Lenoir-Rhyne College, Kalamazoo College, and Duke University, and has twice served as Visiting Distinguished Professor at North Carolina State University.[4]

RecognitionEdit

In 2014, Adcock was inducted into the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame.[5]

AwardsEdit

Adcock's awards include the following:[2]

PublicationsEdit

PoetryEdit

  • Walking Out: Poems. Baton Rouge, LA: Louisiana State University Press, 1975.
  • Nettles: Poems. Baton Rouge, LA: Louisiana State University Press, 1983.
  • Beholdings: Poems. Baton Rouge, LA: Louisiana State University Press, 1988.
  • The Language They Speak Is Things to Eat: Poems (with Michael McFee et al). Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 1994.[1]
  • The Difficult Wheel: Poems. Baton Rouge, LA: Louisiana State University Press, 1995.
  • Intervale: New and selected poems. Baton Rouge, LA: Louisiana State University Press, 2001.
  • Slantwise: Poems. Baton Rouge, LA: Louisiana State University Press, 2008.
  • Widow Poems. Durham, NC : Jacar Press, 2014.


Except where noted, bibliographical information courtesy WorldCat.[1]

Sylvia Adcock Reads Betty Adcock

Sylvia Adcock Reads Betty Adcock

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Adcock, Elizabeth Sharp, North Carolina Literary Map, State Library of North Carolina. Web, Dec. 19, 2013.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "BettyAdcock.com Bio". http://bettyadcock.com/bio.html. Retrieved 2009-04-26. 
  3. "NC Award Profile". http://statelibrary.ncdcr.gov/ncawards/nca2.asp?bn=badcock. Retrieved 2009-05-11. 
  4. "Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers". http://www.warren-wilson.edu/~mfa/newwebsite/W2008fac.php. Retrieved 2009-04-26. 
  5. Betty Adcock, North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame. Web, Aug. 21, 2015.

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