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Teacher, Scholar, Poet: Tom Feeny Publishes a New Anthology of His Poems

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Italian and Spanish Prof. Tom Feeny in his office.

Italian and Spanish Prof. Tom Feeny in his office. Photo courtesy of NC State.

Foreign Languages and Literatures Professor Tom Feeny began writing poetry as a teenager and has kept doing it ever since. Recently, he published a new anthology of poems,  Breathing in Technicolor, that was released by Aldrich Press last July. Breathing is his second book of poetry after a two-decade hiatus. His first book, Night into the Day, was published by Mellen Poetry Press in 1994.

Tom completed his BA at Boston College in 1958 with a major in Italian and a minor in Spanish. He remained at Boston for his MA in Spanish that he completed in 1959. Later, in 1968, he earned a Ph.D. in Spanish from the University of Virginia. His dissertation explored the “paternal element” in the works of Ramón Pérez de Ayala, an early 20th century Spanish symbolist writer and journalist.

A poet, scholar, and beloved educator, Tom has been teaching Spanish and Italian at NC State since 1970.

In a recent feature story written by Brent Winter, Tom characterizes his love of poetry as “an addiction.”  “But without the hangover,” he adds.

The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures congratulates Tom for his latest achievement!

Posted by S. F. Sotillo, adapted from “Poet’s Work Spans 40 Creative Years” by Brent Winter.

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