Helen Pruitt Wallace
Guest Speaker


Helen Pruitt Wallace‘s first collection of poems, Shimming the Glass House (published by Ashland Poetry Press) won the Richard Snyder Prize for Poetry and a Florida Book Award, and a chapbook, Pink Streets, was published fall 2016 by Yellow Jacket Press.  She served as co-editor of the anthology Isle of Flowers published by Anhinga Press, and individual poems have been published in several journals and anthologies.  She’s received a McKay Shaw Academy of American Poets Award, The dA Center for the Arts Poetry Award, a residency fellowship from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and a Tennessee Williams Scholarship from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. She earned her Ph.D. in English/Creative Writing from Florida State University and has taught poetry and nonfiction at Eckerd College. In 2016 Wallace was appointed poet laureate of St. Petersburg. She now curates the Dali Poetry Series at the Dali Museum, and one of her poems was etched into the base of the sculptural monument “Rise” by artist Mark Aeling and installed at the ArtsXchange in the Warehouse Arts District of St. Petersburg to honor all victims and survivors of 9/11.