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Whisnant Assumes Editor Post

Luke Whisnant was named editor of East Carolina University’s poetry journal, Tar River Poetry.

The publication had been under the founding editorship of Peter Makuck, a professor of literature and poetry, since 1976. Makuck retired in May.


Whisnant, a professor of creative writing in ECU’s English Department, said he hopes to continue the precedent set by Makuck 30 years ago.

“Peter Makuck built Tar River Poetry into a highly-respected and well-known showcase for contemporary poets, and my first priority will be to maintain the high standards he set over the past 30 years,” Whisnant said.

The fall Tar River Poetry will feature work from Claudia Emerson, the 2006 recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for poetry, Louis Simpson and the late Leslie Norris, Whisnant said.

In addition to his new position, Whisnant published a collection of short stories, Down in the Flood (Iris Books, 2006) in June. One of the stories, “How to Build a House,” was included in the anthology, New Stories from the South 2006 (Algonquin Press) and had been originally published in the journal, Arts & Letters.

ECU’s creative writing department will host a reading for Whisnant Nov. 9 at 8 p.m. in Bate 1031.

This page originally appeared in the Oct. 6, 2006 issue of Pieces of Eight. Complete issue is archived at