The Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series

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

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, weinbergsc@


  • 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 New Public House & Hotel
  • 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

An Evening with Anna Deavere Smith
Thursday, February 4, 2021
8 p.m.
Hosted virtually by the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts

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 "Reclaiming Grace in the Face of Adversity."

The live event will be moderated by Dr. Paulette Marty, Professor of Theatre Arts at Appalachian State University.

About “Reclaiming Grace in the Face of Adversity”
We live in a winner-take-all society. And yet, part of our potential as humans is our potential for compassion and our resilience in the face of adversity.  While doing research for her play "Let Me Down Easy," Anna Deavere Smith interviewed people in the U.S. and abroad who demonstrated grace in the face of dramatic challenges. The speech celebrates the resilience of the human spirit, the power of empathy, the strength of imagination, and hope. 

Learn more about this event at

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