Ogden Poetry Prize Winner Visits Trinity

Steve Foley '72 is this Year's Honoree

Trinity College’s 2012 Hugh Ogden Poet Steve Foley ’72 visited campus March 28, meeting with students taking Professor Ciaran Berry’s Advanced Poetry Workshop, as well as giving a public reading as part of the College's Allan K. Smith Reading Series. Foley was honored with the 2012 Hugh Ogden Poetry Prize, awarded in memory of beloved Trinity Professor Hugh Ogden.

Foley’s poetry has appeared in publications including Northeast Magazine, Friends’ Journal, and The Portland Review. His chapbook, With the Hollow of Your Hand, was published in 1999, and his first full-length volume, A Place at the Table, in 2007. Selected as 1980 Poet of the Year by the New England Association of Teachers of English, Foley taught English and directed dramatic productions in Connecticut public high schools for more than three decades, until his retirement in 2007. He resides in Vero Beach, Florida, with his wife, Diane. They are the parents of Justin, a professional musician, and Lindsay, a speech pathologist.

About Foley’s work, poet Hugh Ogden wrote, “At the end of a Steve Foley poem, we stand with him because of his warmth, his knowledge, and his skill with words, more aware of the preciousness of life and what it means to be sensitively aware.”

The Hugh Ogden Poetry Prize is awarded to a Trinity alumnus through an endowment established by family, friends, colleagues, and former students of Ogden. The recipient, designated the “Hugh Ogden Poet,” must be a published poet and demonstrate excellence in the art and beauty of language. The award carries an honorarium, and the recipient returns to Trinity to give a reading and work with current student poets. To add a nominee to the current list of poets being considered for the next Hugh Ogden Poetry Prize, please send name, contact information, and poems or a list of publications (if available) to cynthiaogden@comcast.net. It is not necessary to resubmit the name of a candidate who has been nominated previously.

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