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Wofford senior’s collection of poetry published

May 2, 2006

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – A collection of poetry by Emily Smith, a Wofford College senior from Woodruff, S.C., has been published as the winner of the Benjamin Wofford Prize for Writing presented by the college each year. The book, titled “baboon heart,” is the first book of poetry selected for the award.

Smith, who will receive her bachelor’s degree in biology on May 14, is a columnist for the Wofford student newspaper, “Old Gold & Black,” and is editor of “The Journal” literary magazine. She recently was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. She is the daughter of Vincent and Martha Smith of Woodruff.

She recently was featured at the Hub City Writer’s Project’s Express-o-night event at the downtown Café Ishi coffee house, reading from the book. She was the 2005 winner of the Hub City Prize for poetry.

"Emily Smith’s book of poems has an architectural precision of language, and images that haunt the mind,” says Elizabeth Cox, renowned Southern novelist and professor of English at Wofford. “Her poems take many shapes and styles, and with beauty and remarkable strength she plunges the heart into new depths. This young woman loves words and knows how to use them. She is the real thing.”

“Emily’s selection as the winner of the Benjamin Wofford prize shows the interdisciplinary nature of a Wofford education, with a biology major producing the first book of poetry we have published,” says John Lane, associate professor of English.

The college publishes 2,000 copies of the winners of the prize, distributing them to Wofford students, honor students in high schools, high school and college English teachers, book review editors, and creative writing professors at other colleges and universities.