The Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series: Spring 2014

The Spring 2014 Visiting Writers Series is supported by the Appalachian State University Foundation, Appalachian’s Office of Academic Affairs, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of English, the Summer Reading Program, the University Bookstore, Belk Library, and the Appalachian Journal. Business sponsors are The Gideon Ridge Inn and The Red Onion Restaurant. Community sponsors include John and the late Margie Idol, Paul and Judy Tobin, Alice Naylor, Thomas McLaughlin, and The High Country Writers.

The Visiting Writers Series is named in honor of Hughlene Bostian Frank (class of 1968), 2013 Appalachian Alumni Association Outstanding Service award recipient, past trustee, and generous supporter of Appalachian State University.


Admission to all events is free.

For further information on the Spring season, please call 262-2871 or see www.visitingwriters.appstate.edu. To receive Appalachian’s “This Week in the Arts” announcements by email, please contact  arts-events@appstate.edu.

To read on-line excerpts from the Spring Visiting Writers' works, please go to www.library.appstate.edu, click Reserves, then enter Visiting Writers Series as Instructor or Course Name. If needed, use the password asuwriters.

 

 

Poet, Editor and Publisher
GINA MYERS

(Hold it Down; A Model Year)

Thursday, March 20
Table Rock Room
Plemmons Student Union
7:30 p.m.

Craft Talk: From Classroom to Community
Table Rock Room
2:00-3:15 p.m.

Poet and Essayist
BRUCE WEIGL

(Circle of Hanh; The Abundance of Nothing)

Thursday, March 27
Table Rock Room
Plemmons Student Union
7:30 p.m.

Craft Talk: At the Juncture of Memory and Imagination
Table Rock Room
2:00-3:15 p.m.

Poet, Essayist and Novelist
JUDITH ORTIZ COFER

(Call me Maria; A Love Story Beginning in Spanish; The Latin Deli)

Thursday, April 10
Table Rock Room
Plemmons Student Union
7:30 p.m.

Craft Talk: But Tell it Slant: From Poetry to Prose and Back Again
Table Rock Room
2:00-3:15 p.m.

Poet and Essayist
RICHARD HAGUE

(Ripening; Alive in Hard Country; Milltown Natural: Essays and Stories from a Life)

Thursday, April 17
Table Rock Room
Plemmons Student Union
7:30 p.m.

Craft Talk: Poetry, Politics, & the Environment
Table Rock Room
3:30-4:45 p.m.



Parking
is free on campus after 5 p.m. We recommend the Library Parking Deck on College Street (from King Street, turn down College Street at the First Baptist Church). To reach the Student Union, cross College Street and follow the walkway between the chiller plant and the University Bookstore, passing the Post Office and entering the Student Union on the second floor. For further parking information or a map, please see www.parking.appstate.edu or call the Parking and Traffic Office (828) 262-2878.


 

Gina Myers is the author of two full-length collections of poetry, Hold It Down (Coconut Books, 2013) and A Model Year (2009), as well as numerous chapbooks. Originally from Saginaw, MI, she now lives in Atlanta, GA where, with Bruce Covey, she helps run the What's New in Poetry series at Emory University.

Bruce Weigl received a Bronze Star for his service in Vietnam.  He is the author of more than a dozen books of poetry including The Abundance of Nothing (2012), which was a finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize. He is also the author of the best-selling memoir, The Circle of Hahn (2000) and several collections of critical essays. Weigl has published translations of Vietnamese and Romanian poetry, and has also edited or co-edited several anthologies of war poetry. He has won numerous awards for his work, including the Robert Creeley Award, the Lannan Literary Award for Poetry, the Paterson Poetry Prize, the Poet’s Prize from the Academy of American Poets, the Cleveland Arts Prize, and two Pushcart Prizes. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Yaddo Foundation. Weigl is a Distinguished Professor of English at Lorain County Community College in Lorain, Ohio.

Judith Ortiz Cofer was born in Puerto Rico and raised in Paterson, New Jersey. She currently resides in Georgia. She is the author of several novels, most recently If I Could Fly (2011); a collection of essays, On Becoming a Writer (2000); a collection of short stories, The Line of the Sun (1989); two books of poetry, Terms of Survival (1987) and Reaching for the Mainland (1987); and several multi-genre collections, most recently The Latin Deli: Poetry and Prose. She has also been included in numerous textbooks and anthologies including: Best American Essays 1991, The Norton Book of Women's Lives, The Norton Introduction to Literature, The Norton Introduction to Poetry, The Heath Anthology of American Literature, The Pushcart Prize, and the O. Henry Prize Stories. Cofer is currently the Regents’ and Franklin Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Georgia. She was inducted into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame in 2010 and was recently named the University of Georgia’s 2013 recipient of the Southeastern Conference Faculty Achievement Award.

Richard Hague was born and raised in Steubenville, Ohio. He is the author of fifteen books, including Ripening (The Ohio State University, l984) for which he was named Co-Poet of the Year in Ohio in l985; Alive in Hard Country (Bottom Dog Press, 2003) which was named Poetry Book of the Year by the Appalachian Writers Association; and During The Recent Extinctions: New & Selected Poems l984-2012 (Dos Madres Press, 2012) which was awarded the 2013 Weatherford Award in Poetry by the Loyal Jones Appalachian Center at Berea College and the Appalachian Studies Association. His Milltown Natural: Essays and Stories From A Life (Bottom Dog Press, l997) was nominated for a National Book Award. Learning How: Stories, Yarns & Tales, (Bottom Dog Press, 2011) was also a Weatherford Award nominee. The recipient of several prestigious fellowships and grants, Hague teaches part time at Purcell Marian High School in Cincinnati, where he has worked since l969. He also teaches occasionally at Thomas More College in Northern Kentucky.

 

 

 

 


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