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04-09-1998

Clarkson's Duemer Named To National Board

[A photograph of Joseph Duemer for newspaper use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/duemer.jpg.]

POTSDAM, N.Y. -- Joseph Duemer, associate professor of Liberal Arts at Clarkson University, has been elected to a four-year term on the national board of the Associated Writing Programs (AWP), a national, non-profit service organization of writers based in Fairfax, Virginia, at George Mason University.Joseph Duemer

Since I was a graduate student at the University of Iowa, the Associated Writing Programs has been an important presence in my professional life, said Duemer. "I have attended the annual conference almost every year for the last 15 years, and participated on various panels.

For the last two years I have served as the general editor of the IntroJournals Project, a competition that selects the best student writing from member programs and places it in leading American literary journals. It seemed like a natural progression to run for the board, and it is an honor to have been elected.

A member of the Clarkson faculty since 1987, Duemer teaches creative writing, literature and humanities. His involvement with AWP include the organization of sessions and presentation of papers at national conferences, including a panel titled "Censorship and the Arts." He is poetry editor of the Wallace Stevens Journal and a book review editor for the newly-published Poetry International by San Diego State University Press.

Duemer's poetry has been featured in various magazines and journals, including New England Review, Poetry Northwest and American Poetry Review. Published works include Fool's Paradise (1980), The Light of Common Day (1985), Customs (1987), Static (1996), and the recently- published Primitive Alphabets (1998). He also co-edited Dog Music, an anthology of poems about dogs, with Jim Simmerman, and is currently working on two collections of poetry, Animal Faith and Storm Histories.

An essayist for National Public Radio affiliate WSLU in Canton, Duemer also serves as an adviser for the radio series Readers and Writers on the Air. He resides in South Colton with his wife, Carol, and their four dogs.

Founded in 1967, AWP's mission is to foster literary talent and achievement, advance the teaching of the craft of writing as a primary aspect of a liberal and humane education, and to serve the makers and readers of contemporary writing both written and beyond the academy. The organization counts among its members 265 college and universities and 16,000 individual writers.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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