Named in honor of the late English department chair, this visiting poet series introduces poets and their work to students, creating an avenue for them to embrace poetry throughout their lives, not just during their time in the classroom at Bishop’s.
Victoria Chang, an award-winning American poet and children’s book author, visited campus on Wednesday, Nov. 14 in the Alumni Courtyard. She read from her books “Salvinia Molesta,” “The Boss” and “Barbie Chang,” as well as from the manuscript of her book-in-progress, “Obit.” Sharing her perspective, writing process and inspiration for the poems she read aloud, she engaged the students, faculty, staff and parents in the audience, participated in a Q&A, and afterward signed their copies of her books.
In 2017, Chang received a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Sustainable Arts Foundation Fellowship; in 2018, her “Obit” manuscript was awarded the Poetry Society of America Alice Fay di Castagnola Award for “Obit.” One of the poems from “Barbie Chang” won a Pushcart Prize. In addition to teaching in the writing program at Antioch University, she is also a contributing editor of the literary jounal “Copper Nickel” and is a poetry editor of “Tupelo Quarterly.”
The Bishop’s School is an independent, coeducational college-preparatory day school for students in grades six through twelve who live throughout San Diego County. Founded in 1909, the School is affiliated with the Episcopal church.