Northeast Alabama Community College (NACC) English Instructor Everett Reed has been published in the online magazine Earth & Altar. The published piece is a review of British poet Geoffrey Hill’s final book, The Book of Baruch by the Gnostic Justin. Reed’s review, "The Poetics of Old Age: Geoffrey Hill’s Posthumous Collection, The Book of Baruch by the Gnostic Justin," is his first published piece.
In the fall, Everett Reed will begin his eighth year as an instructor in the English Department at NACC. He graduated from Scottsboro High School, and then went away for college. He first went to Harding University for his B.A, and then to St. John’s College for his first M.A.
“We are very proud of Everett’s accomplishment,” stated NACC President Dr. David Campbell. “Having an article published at this level is extremely competitive. Everett’s achievement reflects well on NACC and the quality and talent of our English Department.”
He returned home and completed his second M.A. at the University of the South after he had begun teaching at Northeast. Recently, Earth & Altar published his review of The Book of Baruch by the Gnostic Justin, the final book the late British poet Geoffrey Hill.
“I found Hill when I worked in the library at St. John’s College. I was shelving books, and I stumbled across him.” Reed said. “It was his early work that hooked me. He wrote dense, powerful poems filled with allusions to the Bible and Greek tragedy. For a bookish person like me, they were wonderful.”
Joan Reeves, Chair of the English and Fine Arts Division noted, “The NACC English Department is proud of Mr. Reed’s accomplishments. Our students are fortunate to have someone with his expansive knowledge and skillful, articulate writing skills.”
Poet Geoffrey Hill (1932-2016) was from a working-class family in the midlands region of England. After he attended Oxford University, his first book of poems was immediately well received. He went on to publish over a dozen full length poetry collections during the course of his career, and he was widely considered to be one of the most important poets of his generation.
“We have his massive collected poems here in our library,” Reed went on to say. “Dr. Julia Everett and all the library staff do a wonderful job keeping our collection here at Northeast up to date. We also have The Book of Baruch, the volume I reviewed. I am also deeply grateful to all my colleagues in the English Department, but especially Jody Ragsdale who read an early version of the article. We have a lovely spirit of intellectual curiosity and engagement on campus. Poetry can be a hard sell these days, but I hope my little essay inspires our students and other members of our community to pick him up. Geoffrey Hill is worth your attention.”
Reed’s full review can be found by visiting Earth & Altar online or by clicking here.