Joseph Awad (1929-2009)
Joseph Awad (May 17, 1929 - July 17, 2009) wrote six books of poetry: Late Into the Night (2009), The Big Bang (1999), Leaning to Hear the Music (1997), Shenandoah Long Ago (1990), Construction Ahead (a chapbook co-written with Ger Killeen, 1989), and The Neon Distances (1980). He was inducted into the Virginia Communications Hall of Fame and was Past National President of the Public Relations Society of America. Awad served as the state of Virginia’s Poet Laureate from 1998 to 2000 and was President of the Poetry Society of Virginia. Awad grew up in Washington and graduated from Gonzaga High School and Georgetown University, where he majored in English and edited the Georgetown Journal. He did graduate work in English at The George Washington University. His poetry often draws on profound emotions he experienced while reflecting on a place or object.
written by Word Works intern Monica Root, September 2013, edited by Kim Roberts, January 2016