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Newsmaker: Toi Derricotte

| Friday, Feb. 10, 2012, 12:00 p.m.
Poet and memoirist Toi Derricotte will speak at Saint Vincent College on Feb. 5 as part of the Visiting Writers Series.
Poet and memoirist Toi Derricotte will speak at Saint Vincent College on Feb. 5 as part of the Visiting Writers Series.

Noteworthy: Elected to the Academy of American Poets Board of Chancellors, the academy's advisory board of distinguished poets

Age: 70

Residence: Churchill, in the Blackridge community

Occupation: English professor in the University of Pittsburgh's Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences

Background: More than 1,000 of her poems have been published in anthologies, journals and magazines. She is co-founder of the Cave Canem Foundation, an organization that offers workshops and retreats for African-American poets. She received the Distinguished Alumni/Alumnae Award from the New York University Graduate School of Arts and Science, and fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation and the Guggenheim Foundation.

Education: Bachelor of Arts in special education, Wayne State University, 1965; Master of Arts in English literature and creative writing, New York University, 1984

Quote: “It was just a surprise and a wonderful honor and an opportunity to help make sure American poets continue to be recognized.”

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