Creative Writing

Creative Writing Faculty Member Melissa Crowe to Read at the University of North Carolina Wilmington February 21

WILMINGTON, N.C.— Melissa Crowe, poet in the Department of Creative Writing at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, will read at 7 p.m., Thursday, February 21, in Kenan Hall 1111. Crowe will read in honor of her debut book of poems, Dear Terror, Dear Splendor, with a not-to-be-missed banjo introduction performed by Clyde Edgerton.

Praise for Dear Terror, Dear Splendor:


“From uncles and brothers to mothers and daughters, Melissa Crowe delivers searing poems that shine a light on all we inherit from our individual worlds and what we then build from those personal histories. This is a dazzling book—full of damage and love, yearning and astonishment.” —Matthew Olzmann


“In these pages, you’ll find a poet who loves so deeply she refuses to turn away from the world, no matter how sour or broken. Crowe’s long-awaited debut shines with not just the intricacies of her life, but lessons of how we might each learn to better live our own.”—Nickole Brown and Jessica Jacobs


“In this restless and disarming debut, as deftly crafted as the star and as lush and unpredictable as looming motherhood, Melissa Crowe displays lyrical mastery. This is skill meant to savor. And this is a poet who arrives as teacher. We’d be fools not to listen and learn.”—Patricia Smith

Melissa Crowe is the author of Dear Terror, Dear Splendor (University of Wisconsin Press, 2019). Her work has appeared in Calyx, Crab Orchard Review, Seneca Review, and The Shallow Ends, among other journals. She’s co-editor of Beloit Poetry Journal and coordinates UNCW’s MFA program in creative writing.

This event is free and open to the public. A reception sponsored by the department and book signing sponsored by Pomegranate Books will follow the reading. 

For further information on UNCW’s programs and events in creative writing, please contact the Department of Creative Writing at 910.962.7063.