Broughton earned BA and MA degrees from Florida State University and an MA in Creative Writing from Hollins University, where he received Academy of American Poets recognition. His poetry has appeared in many mainstream literary and academic publications: The Cimarron Review, The Roanoke Review, The Red Clay Reader, Intro, Iconoclast, Alembic, and The Florida Historical Review. He founded the Literary magazine Mill Mountain Review, and early published work by numerous writers who have long since earned their remarkable reputations, such as Margaret Atwood, Wendell Berry, and Philip Levine. Irv was close friends with poet Frank Stafford, and served as his principal publisher throughout the poet's life.
To date, Irv has published more than 20 books of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction, and has forged a significant body of work in a variety of media, both print and film. He is a three-time winner of the NW Film and Video Festival, and has shown at various festivals including the Ann Arbor Film Festival, Bumbershoot (Seattle), and Spokane International Film Festival. Irv has taught at several colleges and universities, including the University of Washington
Irv has a special interest in fascinating personalities, their histories, their lives, their triumphs and defeats, and for over fifty years has sought out and interviewed, and often filmed, interesting individuals all over the U.S. His interviews have appeared in magazines like The American Poetry Review and The Western Humanities Review, among others. He continues to write, film, poeticize, and help us remember.
During our April meeting Irv will show the film he made about the mining town of Burke, Idaho. Irv's film on Burke was many years in the making, and includes interviews with Anne Magnuson, who was born in Burke in 1898, during Burke's boom years. He will discuss the travails of making the film and the joys of being done.
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