The Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series

The Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series and Appalachian Journal present the fall 2021 season

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Up to date Fall season library guide: 

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

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

Campus COVID-19 protocols will be in effect at all events. For the latest information, including public access to university events, please see

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; opens at 5:30 p.m.). 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

Book sales will follow each event.

Book Purchasing

To purchase books by the VWS authors, visit:


University Library Resources on the fall 2021 authors is available at: 


For further information on the fall 2021 season, please email Susan Weinberg,


  • Appalachian State University Foundation, Inc.
  • Appalachian’s Office of Academic Affairs 
  • College of Arts and Sciences 
  • Department of English
  • University Bookstore 
  • Belk Library 
  • Appalachian Journal


  • Hellbender Bed and Beverage 
  • The Gideon Ridge Inn


  • Paul and Judy Tobin
  • Alice Naylor
  • Thomas McLaughlin

Fiction Writer Leah Hampton

Thursday, September 16, 2021
Craft talk: 3:30-4:30  p.m.   
Talk title: "'Why Do the Work?' How field research and disciplined craft enhance your fiction"
Reading: 6-7 p.m.   
Table Rock Room, 201-B Plemmons Student Union

Fiction Writer Ashleigh Phillips

Thursday, September 30, 2021
Craft Talk: 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Talk Title: "On Becoming a Writer"
Reading: 6-7 p.m.
Table Rock Room, 201-B Plemmons Student Union

Poet Matthew Wimberley

2021 Rachel Rivers-Coffey Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing

Thursday, October 21, 2021
Craft Talk: 2-3 p.m.
Talk title: "Speaking with the Dead: Elegies and Silence"
Reading: 6-7 p.m.
Beacon Heights Room, 417 Plemmons Student Union

Poet Jacinta White

Thursday, November 18, 2021
Craft Talk: 2-3 p.m.
Talk title: “Embodied: Writing Across Memory, Time & Space” 
Reading: 6-7 p.m.
Table Rock Room, 201-B Plemmons Student Union