Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Poetic Obituaries: [Edmund] Skellings was nominated for the Nobel Prize

in Literature and the Pulitzer Prize. He was selected from among more than 400 other Florida poets to earn the title of Poet Laureate in 1980. Appointed to the lifetime honor by former Gov. Robert Graham, he authored seven books of poems. His most recent was Collected Poems 1958-1998, published by the University Press of Florida.

He was the recipient of numerous state, national and international awards. Among them were the 25th Anniversary Award for Video Art, Karlsruhe, Germany, 2004, for "Senior Citizen;" the Crystal Award of Excellence, Videographer Award, 2002, for "Word Songs;" a National Video Festival Award, 1994, for "SuperPoems;" and a Joey Award of Excellence, 1995, for "Nearing the Millennium."

from Florida Institute of Technology: Florida Poet Laureate Skellings Passes; Retired from Florida Tech Last April