Earl Carlton Huband (Oman) wins Longleaf Press 2018 Poetry Chapbook Contest


Earl Carlton Huband

Earl Carlton Huband (Oman 1975-78) poetry chapbook The Innocence of Education based on his experiences in the Sultanate of Oman is the winner of the Longleaf Press 2018 Poetry Award sponsored by Methodist University in Fayetteville, NC.

The Innocence of Education features twenty-seven syllabic and autobiographical poems based on the author’s experience as a PCV. Earl was a teacher in a remote fishing village located in a then-restricted military zone near the mouth of the Persian Gulf. Earl, who is from Wilmington, North Carolina, is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill and a resident of Durham. His poems have appeared in AmericaThe LyricThe Main Street RagThe Road Not Taken, and Visions International; in anthologies such as Earth and SoulHeron ClanKakalak, and Pinesong; and in the textbook Unlocking the Poem.

TODAY – Thursday 2/14, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
(informal get-together next door at The Root Cellar, 6 p.m.)

Flyleaf Second Thursday Poetry Series & Open Mic: Earl Huband 

Featured poet(s) will each read for approximately 20 minutes and, after a short break for the readers to sign books, there will be a poetry open mic. Please sign up to read no later than 6:45 p.m. Each open mic reader will be limited to no more than a page of poetry. There’s an informal get-together before the reading at 6:30 p.m. next door at Root Cellar. Hope to see you there!

The Innocence of Education
Longleaf Press
November 2018
31 pages
$10.00 (paperback)


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  • Earl,

    How nice to find this volume of poems. I often think of you and our salary men work in Boston. I hope Priscilla and you are well. Ellen and I have decamped to Dunedin, FL on the Gulf.

    Gerry is in Lakeland and Paula way south in ?Naples?

    We have been here two years and love the winter weather. All the rest is up for discussion

  • Hi, Tom. I was checking the Peace Corps Worldwide site recently and discovered your comment, which I had not seen even though I visit the site from time to time. I apologize for this. I hope you and Ellen are continuing to enjoy life in Florida.

    I don’t know if you are aware that in 2020 I had a second book of poetry about my Peace Corps experiences published by Main Street Rag Publishing Company in Charlotte, NC. And last week I learned that this second book won the 2021 Peace Corps Writers Poetry Award. Since you liked the 1st book, I’m sure you would like the 2nd, as it is a sequel written in the same style.

    I don’t know if you use Facebook Messenger, but if you would like a copy of my second book, it would be my pleasure to send you one. All I would need from you is your mailing address, which I believe could be sent just to me via Messenger. Or, if you have my home address in NC, just send me a card with your address and I’ll pop a copy in the mail.

    Wishing you well, with good memories of our time working together in Boston. — Earl

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