American poet to deliver address at 3rd annual winter Commencement ceremony

Timothy Seibles, M.F.A.

Timothy Seibles, M.F.A., an American poet, and English and creative writing professor at Old Dominion University, will deliver the commencement address at Misericordia University’s third annual winter graduation ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 14 at 2 p.m. in the Anderson Sports and Health Center on campus that will also feature the first graduating class from the entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy program. A baccalaureate Mass will precede the ceremony in the Anderson Center at 10:30 a.m.

Victoria Mihal of Wyoming, Pa., a health care management undergraduate major, will address her fellow graduates. Mihal will enter her graduate studies in the physical therapy program during the spring semester.
Mr. Seibles is returning to campus after being the keynote speaker at the 22nd Annual Diversity Institute Dinner in February in which he shared excerpts of his most recent collection of poems, “Fast Animal,’’ during a reading. During the commencement ceremony, Misericordia University will present him with an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree.
Mr. Seibles is the author of several collections of poetry, including “Hurdy-Gurdy,’’ “Hammerlock,” and “Buffalo Head Solos.’’ His most recent book, “Fast Animal” (Etruscan Press, 2012) was listed among the five poetry finalists for the 2012 National Book Award. He has been an associate professor of English and creative writing at Old Dominion for the past 17 years. Mr. Seibles is also a visiting faculty member for the Stonecoast Master of Fine Arts in Writing Program sponsored by the University of Southern Maine.
A National Endowment for the Arts fellow, he has also been a writing fellow at the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center. His poetry is featured in several anthologies, among them are: “Rainbow Darkness,’’ “The Manthology,’’ “Autumn House Contemporary American Poetry,’’ “Black Nature,’’ “Evensong,’’ “Villanelles,” and “Sunken Garden Poetry.’’ His poem, “Allison Wolff,’’ was included in Best American Poetry 2010.
Mr. Seibles is a native of Philadelphia, Pa. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, and remained in Dallas to teach high school English for 10 years. In 1990, he received his Master of Fine Arts degree from Vermont College of Fine Arts.