Article Published: Aug. 22, 2012 | Modified: Aug. 28, 2012
A look at urban farming opens the Hughlene Bostian Frank
Visiting Writers Series at Appalachian State University for fall 2012.
Carpenter, author of “Farm City,” will speak on Thursday, Sept. 6, at 7:30 p.m. in Plemmons Student
Union’s Blue Ridge Ballroom.
Carpenter’s book chronicles her efforts to
live off the land on the fringes of an urban ghetto in Oakland, Calif. Her efforts to have a
sustainable source of food for herself – with some for friends and neighbors, as well – sends her
down a path inspired by Henry Thoreau, Euell Gibbons and her mother.
experiment to eat exclusively from her urban squat farm tries her will and ingenuity, while
bolstering her spirit with a sense of connection with all around her. Carpenter is also the recent
co-author with Willow Rosenthal of “The Essential Urban Farmer,” a “how-to” guide for both novice
and experienced city gardeners.
Carpenter also will be the guest speaker at
Appalachian’s fall convocation Sept. 6 at 10 a.m. at the Holmes Convocation Center. “Farm City”
was this year’s summer reading program selection for incoming freshmen. She also will participate
in a question and answer panel discussion at 2 p.m. in Plemmons Student Union’s Calloway/MacRae
Peak Room (first floor, room 137).
Admission is free, and the public is invited to attend
all events. Book sales and signing will follow Carpenter’s presentations at 2 p.m. and 7:30
Other speakers in the fall series are novelist, poet and biographer Robert
Morgan on Thursday, Sept. 27; fiction writer and editor Gurney Norman, who also will be the Rachel
Rivers Coffey Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing fall semester, on Thursday, Oct. 4; and
poet and essayist C.S. Giscombe on Thursday, Oct. 25.
Books sales and
signing will follow each author’s presentation.
The Fall 2012 Visiting Writers
Series is supported by the Appalachian State University Foundation, the Office of Academic Affairs,
the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of English, the Summer Reading Program, the
University Bookstore, Belk Library and the Appalachian Journal.
sponsors are The Gideon Ridge Inn and The Red Onion Restaurant. Community sponsors include John and
Marjorie Idol, Paul and Judy Tobin, Alice Naylor, Thomas McLaughlin and The High Country
The Visiting Writers Series is named in honor of Hughlene Bostian Frank,
class of 1968, trustee and generous supporter of Appalachian State
To read on-line excerpts from the visiting writers’ works, visit
click “Reserves,” and then enter “Visiting Writers Series” as the
instructor or course name. If needed, use the password, “asuwriters.”
free on campus after 5 p.m. The College Street parking deck adjacent to Belk Library provides the
closest access to the student union.