Dominique Traverse Locke will be joining us at VI for dinner; faculty, staff and students are encouraged to buy/bring their dinner and join her in the Brantley Dining Room. She will read and discuss her poems, talk about writing after graduating and talk about what it means to be a poet today. Dominique received her B.A. in English from Virginia Intermont College where she served as editor of the college’s literary magazine, The Moore Street Review, and later received her M. F. A. in Creative Writing from Queens University of Charlotte. While at Queens, Dominique studied under poets Cathy Smith Bowers, Alan Michael Parker, Sally Keith, Claudia Rankine, Cathy Park Hong, Robert Polito, and many other masters of their craft. She has been publishing work in literary magazines such as The Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, Barely South Review, Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel, The Howl, The Clinch Mountain Review, The Dead Mule of Southern Literature, Jimson Weed, River Poets Journal, Referential Magazine, A! The Magazine for the Arts, Victorian Violet Press, and other fine publications regularly since 2006. Dominique’s first collection of poems, a chapbook entitled The Goodbye Child, was published by Aldrich Publishing in late spring of 2012. Later that year, her second collection of poems, No More Hard Times, was published by Alabaster Leaves Press. A third manuscript was recently solicited by Finishing Line Press. Two additional manuscripts were finalists in the Press 53 Open Awards, one of which won the poetry category. Her poem, “Thumb,” was a finalist in the STILL: The Journal Literary Contests. Additionally, her poem “By Late July” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2012. Editor Pauletta Hansel named Dominique as one of the “Four Under Forty” emerging Appalachian poets. She teaches dual enrollment courses in English and Creative Writing, and edits poetry for Digital Americana Magazine. Dominique resides in the Appalachian Mountains of Southwest Virginia with her husband, the poet, David Alan Locke and their beloved shelter rescues.