Seymour publishes poetry book

Seymour publishes poetry book

Dec. 14, 2018 

When is a Burning Tree, a book of poems by Maryville College Lecturer in English Christina Seymour, has been published by the Glass Lyre Press.

In the collection of poems, Seymour uses “images from paintings and natural landscapes to describe her own vivid interior life,” author Faith Shearin wrote about the book.

“Seymour’s poems are quiet, precise and powerful,” Shearin added.

Seymour received the 2017 Lyrebird Award for the book manuscript. The Glass Lyre Press, which presents the Lyrebird Award, is an independent literary press interested in publishing poetry collections, chapbooks, select short and flash fiction, and the occasional anthology.

Seymour has taught creative writing, professional writing, literature and composition at Maryville College since 2014. Her chapbook, Flowers Around Your Soft Throat, was published in 2016 by Structo. Her poetry has been published in North American Review; Cimarron Review; The Briar Cliff Review; New Haven Review; The Moth; Wick Poetry Center's international exhibit, Speak Peace—American Voices Respond to Vietnamese Children’s Paintings, which is now located in the War Remnants Museum in Vietnam; and elsewhere.

Seymour has received the Russell MacDonald Creative Writing Award and has been nominated for Best New Poets, the AWP Intro Award, Iron Horse Discovered Voices Award and the Pushcart Prize.

Seymour earned a bachelor of arts degree in English with a concentration in creative writing from Pennsylvania State University. She received a master of fine arts degree in creative writing with a concentration in poetry from West Virginia University.

Samples of Seymour’s work are available on her website:

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