Festival's Namesake 'Brilliant, Generous'Feb. 12, 2004
As the University prepares for the 10th annual Beall Poetry Festival April 1-3, the members of its community mourn the passing of the festival's founder and longtime Baylor benefactress, Virginia Beall Ball, who died in December.
"Virginia Ball possessed a brilliant mind and generosity of spirit," said Baylor President Robert B. Sloan Jr. "She embodied that all-demanding Scripture, 'To whom much is given, of him [or her] shall much be required.' Her legacy has enriched and empowered our lives."
Nancy Chinn, associate professor of English and director of undergraduate studies, chairs this year's festival. "She loved poetry, and that love stemmed from her undergraduate years at Baylor when Dr. A.J. Armstrong brought major American poets to campus. She wanted to get people to read, write and have an appreciation for poetry," Chinn said.
This year's program will feature two well-known poets from New York -- Galway Kinnell and Linda Pastan -- and esteemed poetry critic Denis Donoghue.
Kinnell, the Erich Maria Remarque Professor in Creative Writing at New York University, was awarded a Pulitzer Prize and recently published a translation of Rainer Maria Rilke's poetry and a collection of his own work, A New Selected Poems, in 2000.
Pastan, winner of a Pushcart Prize and numerous other honors, published The Last Uncle in 2003.
Donoghue has written and edited more than 30 books on literature and theory, including Speaking of Beauty in 2003. He received an honorary doctorate from Queen's University in Belfast and is the Henry James Professor of English and American Letters at New York University.
All festival events are free. Student literary awards also will be presented. An oral tribute to Ball will be presented by family members and friends at each event.
For more information, call (254) 710-1768 or visit www.baylor.edu/beall.