2013 ASCA Literature Fellowship Recipient Adam Vines

Jeanie Thompson, executive director of the Alabama Writers’ Forum, interviews poet Adam Vines, 2013 ASCA Literature Fellowship recipient. Thompson talks with Vines about his latest collection of poems, The Coal Life, which was a 2012 finalist for the Miller William, Arkansas Poetry Prize. Exploring the rich metaphors of several generations of his coal-mining family, Vines uncovers his personal connection to Alabama’s landscape. Vines also talks with Thompson about his recent trip to New York City to visit museums and pursue his interest in ekphrastic poems (poems about works of art). He and Thompson also discuss how poems are made, what makes poetry “poetry,” and how poets contribute to the community of writers. Originally from Birmingham, Vines is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Alabama Birmingham, where he co-edits The Birmingham Poetry Review. In summer, he is a member of the Sewanee Writers Conference staff. His poems have appeared in a number of literary journals including Poetry, North American Review, The Cincinnati Review, and The Greensboro Review.

This special radio series will air every Sunday at 11:00 - 11:30 A.M., on the Troy University Public Radio Network at:  

  • WTSU 89.9 (Montgomery and Troy)
  • WRWA 88.7 (Dothan)
  • WTJB 91.7 (Columbus and Phenix City) 

This radio series may not be broadcast in your area, but it can be accessed via the Internet at:

If you have been listening to, and enjoying this radio series, please send your comments to:

Listen first hand using the link below.

MP3 Download/Stream

If this mailing was forwarded to you and if you are currently not on our email list, you can subscribe below.

Email address:
(optional) Your name: