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Elizabeth Hadaway

Elizabeth Leigh Palmer
Alumna, 1983-86

Elizabeth Hadaway attended the Workshop in poetry and fiction from 1983-86 and was the Alumna Writer-in-Residence in 1996.

Where are you living and what brought you there?

Morgantown, West Virginia – my husband is the rector of Trinity Episcopal Church.

Where are you working and what do you enjoy about it?

I’m a self-employed formalist poet and in the discernment process for ordination to the Episcopal priesthood. John Donne would approve. 

What do you find yourself most often reading/listening to lately and why?

Dorothy Sayers, especially Gaudy Night. She’s sharp about vocation.   

What are you working on right now and what does it represent in the larger body of your artistic accomplishments?

A second book of poems. Cussedness.   

What are your publications, performances, albums, and/or achievements that seem most important to you at this point in time?

The Prophets at Joppa, a play in ottava rima, to be produced for the second time this year. My first book, Fire Baton (University of Arkansas Press, 2006, winner of Library of Virginia Award in Poetry, 2007). Wallace Stegner Fellowship, Stanford, 1996-98.  

How would you characterize the influence of your YWW experience in your life?

My life would be unrecognizable without it.

What’s the best advice you can give a Young Writer (in general or in your specific genre)?

Read W.H. Auden’s “The Poet & The City,” in The Dyer’s Hand. And take public transit, or walk.