Suspend Your Disbelief

Debra Allbery


Debra Allbery’s collection, Walking Distance, won the Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize from the University of Pittsburgh, and her latest volume, Fimbul-Winter (Four Way, 2010) was awarded the National Book Prize in Poetry from the Boston writers’ organization, Grub Street. New poems are forthcoming in the Chronicle of Higher EducationVirginia Quarterly Review, and The Kenyon Review. She lives near Asheville, NC, and is the Director of the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.


Essays |

A Story Teller’s Story, A Poet’s Beginnings

Poet Debra Albery examines the influence of Sherwood Anderson on her writing, and on her understanding of her own history and place. She writes: “If I came into writing feeling largely without history or place, writing became a means of discovering both; it also became … a means of discovering a way out, the road ahead. Sherwood Anderson gave me a map.”