Roland Flint, narrator
Since 1968, Roland Flint has taught literature and writing at Georgetown University, where he is Professor of English. In 1972, he received Georgetown's Fr. Edward B. Bunn Award, "for Faculty Excellence."
He has published three chapbooks, six books of poems, and three books of translations from Bulgarian. The first two books are from Dryad Press, the third Resuming Green: Selected Poems, 1965-1982 (New York, 1983) from Dial Press. In 1987 Sicily, a chapbook, was published by North Carolina Wesleyan Press. His fourth book of poems, Stubborn, was published in 1990 by the University of Illinois Press. And his third chapbook, Hearing Voices, with William Stafford (commemorating his residency at Willamette University and a reading there with Mr. Stafford) was published in 1991 by the Willamette University Press. Also in 1991, North Carolina Wesleyan College Press published his fifth book of poems, Pigeon. For some years he has been seriously involved in the translation of poems from Bulgarian. In 1994 Pigeon In The Night appeared in Sofia, Bulgaria, a bi-lingual edition of selected poems, from Fakel Press.
Flint has received two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Discovery Grant in 1970 for $2000 and a Fellowship grant in poetry in 1982 of $12,000. In the years thereafter, he served once as an NEA judge for the fellowships in poetry; and, for a few years, as a member of other NEA panels.
In 1986, he delivered the commencement address at North Carolina Wesleyan College, from which, on the same occasion, he received the honorary degree, Doctor of Humane Letters, according to the citation, "first for his poems," and "for his achievements as an educator."
On September 27, 1995, he was named Poet Laureate of Maryland by Governor Parris Glendenning, during a ceremony and reading at the State House, in Annapolis, Maryland. During the spring of 1994, he was guest professor of creative writing, teaching a graduate seminar, at the University of Maryland. He was on the faculty of Warren Wilson College's MFA program, during the summer session, 1993. In 1986 he was a Silver Medalist in the CASE national college teacher of the year award. In the summer of 1988, he was invited to teach writing and critical seminars at the National University of Singapore. During a sabbatical year (1990) he spent a month as Poet in Residence at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon.
October 21, 1995