HOLY WEEK poems by Michael Hugh Lythgoe

Xavier del Bac Mission     -     Tucson

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Mike's cover photo on his Holy Week poetry collection is the Xavier del Bac Mission outside of Tucson, AZ.

He was born and raised in Evansville, Indiana. He is a retired Air Force officer with degrees from St. Louis University, The University of Notre Dame, and a Master of Fine Arts degree (MFA) in Writing and Literature from Bennington College in Vermont.

Lythgoe was a Jenny McKean Moore Fellow in Creative Writing at The George Washington University in Washington, DC where he studied with the Alaskan poet and essayist, John Haines. He was a featured poet at the Spoleto Arts Festival in Charleston and at the Westobou Arts Festival in Augusta, GA. He has lectured on Poetry & Art at the Morris Museum of Art and on Irish Contemporary Poets in Aiken, SC. He lives in Aiken with his wife, Louise. 

Mike served in Turkey, Libya, Vietnam, Spain, The United Kingdom, Washington, DC, Key West, Florida, and taught at Syracuse University.  He has traveled widely in the Caribbean, Latin America, and Europe. He worked as a college administrator in Virginia, coordinated adult educational programs for the Smithsonian Institution, and directed an educational and research foundation.  He is a past president of the Academy For Lifelong Learning at USCA in Aiken, SC. He is currently the program chair for the Author's Club of Augusta, and president of the Aiken Choral Society.

Lythgoe's  publication credits include a chapbook, Visions, Revisions, published on Virginia's Eastern Shore in 1994, Brass, published in Charleston, SC in 2006, and Holy Week, a full collection appeared in 2007. His interviews with poets on how Faith informs their writing have appeared in Rock & Sling, and The Writer's Chronicle. His reviews and essays have been published in Christianity and Literature, Windhover, and A Gradual Twilight (An Appreciation of John Haines)  by Cavan Kerry Presss Ltd.

Lythgoes poetry has appeared widely, including in The Caribbean Writer, Innisfree Poetry Journal, Petigru Review, Kakalak, and in the Poetry Society of South Carolina annual yearbooks of contest winners, Windhover, anthologies at Old Mountain Press, The Poetry Initiative of SC online poetry chapbook (2009) and elsewhere. 


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