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 and 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 are featured annually in the Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series.


                                                   Spring 2019 SCHEDULE


Beth Macy Photo
Nonfiction Author and Journalist Beth Macy

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 28
(Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company That Addicted America; Factory Man; Truevine) 

CRAFT TALK
Reporting from the Margins
3:30-4:45 p.m.
Table Rock Room, 201B Plemmons Student Union 
Community members interested in free daytime parking for Beth Macy's 3:30 pm talk, please email weinbergsc@appstate.edu.

READING
7:30 p.m.        
Table Rock Room, 201B Plemmons Student Union

 

Caleb Johnson Photo

Novelist Caleb Johnson

THURSDAY, MARCH 21
(Treeborne) 

CRAFT TALK
Rewarding the Subconscious: Why Writers Should Carry a Notebook
12:30-1:45 p.m.
Gordon Gathering Hall, 124-C, Reich College of Education 

READING
7:30 p.m.        
Three Top Room, 169 Plemmons Student Union

 

 Moises Kaufman Photo Smaller

Common Reading Program Playwright Moisés Kaufman

TUESDAY, APRIL 9
(The Laramie Project) 

READING
9:30-11 a.m.; Grandfather Mountain Ballroom, Plemmons Student Union

 

Nathaniel Mackey Photo (credit Paul Schraub)

(photo credit Paul Schraub)

THE JUANITA TOBIN ANNUAL MEMORIAL READING
Poet Nathaniel Mackey
THURSDAY, APRIL 11
(From a Broken Bottle Traces of Perfume Still Emanate; Nod House)

CRAFT TALK
The Long Song
3:30-4:45 p.m.
Gordon Gathering Hall, 124-A, Reich College of Education  

READING:
7:30 p.m.
Three Top Room, 169 Plemmons Student Union

 

 Abigail DeWitt Photo

(photo credit - Laurie Smithwick)

Novelist Abigail DeWitt

THURSDAY, APRIL 18
(News of Our Loved Ones; Dogs; Lili)

CRAFT TALK
What I Learned About Craft from Teaching Creative Writing
12:30-1:45 p.m.; Attic Window Room, 137C, Plemmons Student Union 

READING
7:30 p.m.        
Three Top Room, 169 Plemmons Student Union

 


The Spring 2019 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
• Common Reading Program
• 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 events is free and open to the public. Book sales and signing will follow the talks and the readings.

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 Spring 2019 season, please email weinbergsc@appstate.edu.

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