Poet and essayist Bruce Weigl will read from his work on Thursday, Oct. 6, at 7:30 p.m. in the Table Rock Room of the Plemmons Student Union

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On Thursday, Oct. 6, poet and essayist Bruce Weigl will present a craft talk titled “Finding Poetry at the Juncture of Memory and Imagination” from 2 to 3:15 p.m. in the Table Rock Room of the Plemmons Student Union. Currently serving as the 2016 Rachel Rivers-Coffey Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing, Weigl will be honored with a pre-reading reception from 6 to 7:15 p.m. in the Price Lake Room of the Plemmons Student Union. The public and the entire university community is invited to attend this annual reception, which also celebrates the Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series. At 7:30 p.m., Weigl will read from his work in adjoining Table Rock Room. Book sales and signing will follow the craft talk and reading.

Professor Weigl is serving as the 2016 Rachel Rivers-Coffey Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing at Appalachian State University.

Honoring the late newspaperwoman and writer Rachel Rivers-Coffey, the Rachel Rivers-Coffey Distinguished Professorship in Creative Writing annually sponsors the residency of a writer of national prominence at Appalachian State University. This position rotates among various distinguished authors of all creative genres; distinguished professors teach a creative writing seminar, conduct community outreach and are featured annually in the Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series.

Soon after turning 18, Bruce Weigl enlisted in the Army and served in Vietnam for one year, beginning in December 1967. He was awarded the Bronze Star and returned to his hometown of Lorain, Ohio, where he enrolled in Lorain County Community College. As Weigl states in his best-selling prose memoir, “The Circle of Hanh” (2000), “The paradox of my life as a writer is that the war ruined my life and in return gave me my voice.” Weigl earned his B.A. at Oberlin College, his M.A. at the University of New Hampshire and his Ph.D. at the University of Utah.

Weigl is the author or editor, translator or co-translator of over 20 books of poetry, criticism and memoir, including “The Abundance of Nothing” (2012), which was a finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry, “The Unraveling Strangeness” (2002), “Archeology of the Circle: New and Selected Poems” (1999), “After the Others” (1999) and “Song of Napalm” (1988), which was also nominated for a Pulitzer. He has also written several collections of critical essays, has published translations of Vietnamese and Romanian poetry, and has also edited or co-edited several anthologies of war poetry, including “Writing Between the Lines: An Anthology on War and Its Social Consequences” (1997) and “Mountain River: Vietnamese Poetry from the Wars, 1948 – 1993: A Bilingual Collection” (1998). Weigl’s own poetry has been widely anthologized, including in “Best American Poetry” (1994), “The Morrow Anthology of Younger American Poets” (1985), “Against Forgetting: Twentieth Century Poetry of Witness” (1993) and “American Alphabets: 25 Contemporary Poets” (2006).

Weigl is past president of the Associated Writing Programs and has chaired the judging panel in poetry for the National Book Award. He has won numerous awards for his work, including the Robert Creeley Award, 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, the Yaddo Foundation and the Lannan Literary Award for Poetry. In 2010 Weigl received the Peace Medal from the Vietnamese Writers Association.

After teaching at Penn State for many years, Weigl returned to Lorain County Community College where he is currently Distinguished Professor in Arts and Humanities and directs the Creative Writing Institute.

 

 

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 parking.appstate.edu.

For further information on the Fall season, please email weinbergsc@appstate.edu. To receive Appalachian’s “This Week in the Arts” announcements by email, please contact arts-events@appstate.edu.

Web resources are visitingwriters.appstate.edu and on Facebook, appstatevisitingwriters

The Visiting Writers Series is named in honor of Hughlene Bostian Frank (class of 1968), a 2013 Appalachian Alumni Association Outstanding Service award recipient, past member of Appalachian's Board of Trustees, current board member of the ASU Foundation and generous supporter of Appalachian State University.

The Fall 2016 Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series is supported by Appalachian State University Foundation Inc., Appalachian’s Office of Academic Affairs, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of English, Office of Multicultural Student Development, University Bookstore, Belk Library and Information Commons and Appalachian Journal. Business sponsors are The Gideon Ridge Inn, The Red Onion Restaurant and The New Public House & Hotel. Community sponsors include John and the late Margie Idol, Paul and Judy Tobin, Alice Naylor and Thomas McLaughlin.

Dates and Times

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Thu, 10/06/2016 - 7:30pm - 9:30pm Admission is free and open to the public. The Table Rock Room of the Plemmons Student Union n/a

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Susan Weinberg

The Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series

The Visiting Writers Series is named in honor of Hughlene Bostian Frank (class of 1968), a 2013 Appalachian Alumni Association Outstanding Service award recipient, past member of Appalachian's Board of Trustees, current board member of the ASU Foundation, and generous supporter of Appalachian State University. Honoring the late newspaperwoman and writer Rachel Rivers-Coffey, the Rachel Rivers-Coffey Distinguished Professorship in Creative Writing annually sponsors the fall semester residency of...


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