author of The Coal Life
Friday, Oct. 25, 9 a.m. - Noon Poindexter Hall
Adam Vines hails from Birmingham, Alabama, where he teaches at the University of Alabama, Birmingham, and edits Birmingham Poetry Review. His debut poetry collection, The Coal Life, explores the cultural landscape of early twentieth-century Alabama coal towns. The Antioch Review praises Vines for his “neat stanzas and muscular, loaded lines” that situate “his poems in this restless, ambiguous middle zone where most of us live our lives.” Vines is an avid fisherman and spent twenty years as a professional landscaper before turning to poetry.