Terri Witek’s poetry collections include: The Shipwreck Dress, 2008 (Florida Book Award Winner), Carnal World(2006), Fools and Crows (2003), Courting Couples (2000 Center for Book Arts Prize). She has written scholarly articles about contemporary poetry and a book, Robert Lowell and Life Studies: Revising the Self. Her new book, Exit Island, which will be out in 2012 from Orchises Press (it will also have a limited edition with prints by Cyriaco Lopes). Her poems have appeared in Slate, The Hudson Review, American Poetry Review, Poetry, The New England Review and elsewhere.
Throughout her career she has worked with visual artists, and the reverberations between mediums is explored in much of her work. Her collaborations with Brazilian new media artist Cyriaco Lopes have appeared in galleries, site-specific installations, and the British Film Festival/LA. Witek holds a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University and is the director of the Sullivan Creative Writing Program at Stetson University in DeLand, Florida, where she holds the Art & Melissa Sullivan Chair in Creative Writing. In 2000, she received the McInery Award for Teaching, and in 2008, she received the John Hague Teaching Award for outstanding teaching in the liberal arts and sciences. She also received the Hand Awards for scholarly/creative activity in 2009 and 1994. Terri had had fellowships to the MacDowell Colony, Hawthornden International Writers Retreat and others.