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Former UVA Professor Named US Poet Laureate

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A former UVA professor received the nation's highest honor in the field of poetry Thursday. Charles Wright was named the nation's poet laureate for 2014 by the Library of Congress.

Wright taught at UVA for 27 years. He spent much of his life in Charlottesville and Albemarle County, and much of his poetry reflects the landscape of the area.

Wright says he's thankful for his time spent teaching because it helped him stay involved in and develop his work.

"I think it's a good thing to teach poetry. So many poets complain that it takes all my time, but it keeps you engaged in what's going on and that's good because otherwise you tend to retreat to your corner and do nothing,” Wright said.

Wright was offered the position seven years ago, but declined because he wanted to focus on teaching.

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