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 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 other offcampus activities, and are featured annually in the Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series.

Spring 2017 Schedule of Writers:

Rose McLarney

Bianca Lynne Spriggs

Al Young

Robert Gipe


University Press Release on the Spring 2017 Writers

Interview with Rose McLarney

University Press Release on Robert Gipe

Spring 2017 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
Appalachian Journal

Business sponsors are:

• The Gideon Ridge Inn
• The Red Onion Restaurant
• The New Public House & Hotel

Community sponsors include:

• John and the late Margie Idol
• Paul and Judy Tobin
• Alice Naylor
• Thomas McLaughlin

Admission to all VWS events is free and open to the public. 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

For further information on the Spring season, please email