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English Professor Publishes Fourth Book

English Professor Publishes Fourth Book

(Conway, SC) 03/22/2023

headshot of Michael RobertsHorry-Georgetown Technical College (HGTC) is proud to announce that Dr. Michael Roberts, HGTC Professor of English, has published his fourth book.

His latest work, titled Scribbled Lines: Life in Pieces, is a collection of poems that range from poignant to irreverent. The poems in the collection are drawn from his real-life experiences, as well as philosophical musings about life that do not happen in a linear or logical fashion.

“The term ‘scribbled lines’ refers to those moments in life that we write down to preserve or to return to. The term also refers to writing something down just to make sense of it,” explained Dr. Michael Roberts, HGTC English Professor.

Dr. Roberts has taught at the college level for over 20 years. He joined HGTC in 2016 and has served as a Professor of English for the past seven (7) years. He earned his Doctoral Degree from NC State University, Master of Arts degree from UNC Pembroke, and Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Andrews University.

After years of teaching college and university literature courses, such as Introduction to Literature and Literary Criticism, Dr. Roberts began publishing original poetry in 2020. Scribbled Lines: Life in Pieces is his first full collection of poetry. He has published two chapbook collections entitled Random Roadside Cemetery and Daughters, Soulmates, and the Spirit in the Urn. He has also published research books and articles on education and curriculum development. His poetry style is often described as a complex blend of "bookmarking life" and social criticism. He states that his literary influences are E.E. Cummings and Modernist authors.

Dr. Roberts is the father of two daughters, Cayce and Kathryn, whom he cites as the original inspirations for his creative writing.

“What I want readers to do is read my poems twice - once for entertainment and once for the experience. I can find inspiration everywhere and hope readers find some inspiration within the pages and words of my poems,” said Dr. Roberts.

“With the publication of his fourth book, Dr. Michael Roberts continues to educate and entertain others, both in and out of the classroom,” said Dr. Jennifer Wilbanks, HGTC Executive Vice President for Academic and Workforce Development.