The Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series

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

The spring series will continue to be delivered virtually. While the February 4th event will be live-streamed, the additional three authors below will give their presentations in a pre-recorded format available on the indicated dates.

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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. 

Book Purchasing

To purchase books by the VWS authors, visit:


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


For further information on the spring 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
  • Intercultural Student Affairs 
  • University Bookstore 
  • Belk Library 
  • Appalachian Journal


  • The Red Onion Restaurant
  • The Gideon Ridge Inn


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

Anna Deavere Smith Playwright, Actor and Professor

Anna Deavere Smith 2The Schaefer Center Presents 
An Evening with Anna Deavere Smith: Reclaiming Grace in the Face of Adversity
Thursday, February 4, 2021

8 p.m.
A Livestream Event  
Advance Reservations required.

In "An Evening with Anna Deavere Smith," the award-winning playwright, actor and professor brings various perspectives to the virtual stage for her storytelling presentation.
Learn more about this event at The Schaefer Center.

(Photo Credit: Mary-Ellen Mark)

Charles Dodd White, Novelist

Charles Dodd White
Posting Date: Feb. 18-May 20, 2021

Reading and
Craft Talk: Art as Political Activism
Author of "How Fire Runs," "In the House of Wilderness," "A Shelter of Others" and "Lambs of Men."

(Photo Credit: Andrew Wayne)

Learn more about White

Watch White's talk and reading




Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle, Novelist

Annette Clapsaddle
Posting Date: March 4-May 20, 2021

Reading and
Craft Talk: The Living Story
Author, "Even As We Breathe"

Learn more about Clapsaddle

Watch Clappsaddle's talk and reading



Carter Sickels, Novelist

Carter Sickels
Posting Date: March 18-May 20, 2021

Reading and
Craft Talk: Writing with Empathy
Author, "The Prettiest Star," "The Evening Hour"

Learn more about Sickels

Watch Sickel's talk and reading

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