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SC Arts Commission 2009 Poetry Fellows

Dan AlbergottiDan Albergotti

Dan Albergotti is an assistant professor and coordinator of creative writing for the department of English at Coastal Carolina University in Conway. His numerous awards include the 2007 A. Poulin Jr. Poetry Prize for his book, The Boatloads; the 2005 Randall Jarrell/Harperprints Poetry Chapbook Competition for Charon's Manifest; and the 2005 Oneiros Press Poetry Broadside Competition for Things to Do in the Belly of the Whale. He has been recognized as a fellow three times by the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and was the 2003 Tennessee Williams Scholar at the Sewanee Writers' Conference. His poems have been selected for publication in numerous journals, including The Cincinnati Review, The Southern Review, Southern Humanities Review and Mid-American Review. He holds a doctorate in English literature from the University of South Carolina and a master's degree of fine arts in creative writing from the University of North Carolina.


Sally Arango RenataSally Renata

Originally from California, writer of poetry and prose, Sally Arango Renata has lived along the coast of South Carolina for 15 years. This July, her poems Litany and Losing Kisses were accepted for publication in the second issue of The Petigru Review, the literary journal of the South Carolina Writer's Workshop. In 2007, Renata received an Horry County ACE grant for a book she is writing on William Thomas Thompson, a well-known visionary artist who resides in Greenville.  Her poem Losing Kisses won the Interboard Poetry Competition in 2006, and she has received three honorable mentions for her poetry during the last two years. Her short story Chicken Bones and three poems were published in The Best of Writers' Circle Anthology in 2005. She contributes to The Critical Poet, an online poetry forum and is a member of the South Carolina Writer's Workshop and the Poetry Society of South Carolina. Also a folk artist, Renata’s work shows annually at the House of Blues Folk Art Festival, and at The Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum’s Celebration of The Day of the Dead.