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ASU announces Visiting Writers Series lineup

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Article Published: Feb. 6 | Modified: Feb. 6
ASU announces Visiting Writers Series lineup

When it comes to guest readings, Appalachian State University does it write.

The university has released its lineup for the Spring 2014 Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series, in which celebrated authors, writers and poets discuss their work and meet with the public.
This year’s series features writers Gina Myers, Judith Ortiz Cofer, Bruce Weigl and Richard Hague. All programs take place in the Table Rock Room of the Plemmons Student Union on the Appalachian campus. Admission is free.

The Writers

The series begins March 20, with poet, essayist and publisher Gina Myers, author of two full-length collections of poetry, “Hold it Down” and “A Model Year.” Myers, who also works as assistant editor of Coconut Magazine, reviews editor at H_NGM_N and publisher at Lame House Press, has had work appear in such publications as The Rumpus, Fanzine and Frontier Psychiatrist.

Although she currently lives in Atlanta, Ga., Myers will be visiting Boone for a craft talk, titled “From Classroom to Community,” from 2 to 3:15 p.m. Thursday, March 20, followed by a reading of her works at 7:30 p.m.

Poet and essayist Bruce Weigl will present Thursday, March 27, starting with a craft talk, “At the Juncture of Memory and Imagination,” from 2 to 3:15 p.m., followed by a reading at 7:30 p.m.
Weigl, who received a Bronze Star for his military service in Vietnam, has authored more than a dozen books of poetry, including “The Abundance of Nothing,” and the best-selling memoir, “The Circle of Hanh.”

“The paradox of my life as a writer is that the war ruined my life and in return gave me my voice,” Weigl writes in “The Circle of Hanh.”

A resident of Lorain, Ohio, he is Lorain County Community College’s first distinguished professor, the founder of the North Coast Review and a finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize (for “The Abundance of Nothing”).

Poet, essayist and novelist Judith Ortiz Cofer will present Thursday, April 10, with her craft talk, “But Tell It Slant: From Poetry to Prose and Back Again,” from 2 to 3:15 p.m. and a reading at 7:30 p.m.
Cofer, the Regents’ and Franklin Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Georgia, was inducted into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame in 2010.

She’s the author of numerous children’s books (“¡A Bailar!”), short stories (“An Island Like You: Stories of the Barrio”), a novel (“The Line of the Sun”), essays and poetry (“Silent Dancing”) and has been featured in The Georgia Review, Kenyon Review and Glamour, among other publications.

Poet and essayist Richard Hague will present Thursday, April 17, starting with a craft talk, “Poetry, Politics and the Environment,” from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. A reading will follow at 7:30 p.m.
An Ohio-based author of 15 books, Hague was named Ohio’s Co-Poet of the Year in 1985, in recognition of his work in “Ripening.” His 2003 collection of poetry, “Alive in Hard Country,” was named Poetry Book of the Year by the Appalachian Writers Association.

In 2013, Hague’s collection, “During the Recent Extinctions: New & Selected Poems 1984-2012,” was awarded the 2013 Weatherford Award in Poetry. He currently teaches part-time at Purcell Marian High School in Cincinnati, where he’s worked since 1969.

About the Series

The Spring 2014 Visiting Writers Series is named after Hughlene Bostian Frank, a supporter and 1968 graduate of Appalachian State University, who formerly served on the university’s board of trustees.

Book sales and signings typically follow the readings. Those interested can read excerpts of the visiting writers’ works online at

Plemmons Student Union, located on the east side of campus, is accessible from College and Locust streets. Free parking is available in campus lots and parking decks after 5 p.m.

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