Appalachian's Visiting Writers Series announces fall schedule
The Fall 2010 Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series begins Sept. 16 at Appalachian State University with a reading by Hillary Jordan, author of the novel "Mudbound."
Jordan's presentation begins at 7:30 p.m. in Plemmons Student Union's Blue Ridge Ballroom.
Others participating in the series during fall semester are poet Chris Green on Sept. 30, fiction writer, poet and memoirist Kelly Cherry on Oct. 7, literary journalist Adrian Nicole LeBlanc on Oct. 28, and fiction writer, scholar and poet Brenda Flanagan on Nov. 18.
Admission to all events is free. Book sales and signing will follow each reading. For further information on the fall season, call (828) 262-2871 or visit http://www.visitingwriters.appstate.edu.
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"Mudbound," published by Algonquin Books in March 2008, is Jordan's first novel. It was named one of the Top Ten Debut Novels of the Decade by Paste Magazine. It won the 2006Bellwether Prize, founded by Barbara Kingsolver and awarded biennially to an unpublished debut novel that addresses issues of social justice, and a 2009 Alex Award from the American Library Association.
Jordan's book was selected for the 2010 Summer Reading Program at Appalachian. In addition to her evening presentation, she will speak at convocation Sept. 16 at 10 a.m. in the Holmes Convocation Center.
Chris Green is the author of the poetry collection "Rushlight: Poems" published in 2009. He teaches, writes about, and crusades for Appalachian literature and social justice at Marshall University.
Green received his M.A. in English from Appalachian in 1993, during which time he lived on Snake Mountain in Watauga County. "Snaking the Drain," the second to last poem in "Rushlight," was published in Appalachian Broadside in 1992.
His presentation begins at 7:30 p.m. in Plemmons Student Union's Table Rock Room.
In addition, he will present the craft talk "Writing in and for the World" from 3:30-4:45 p.m. in Table Rock Room
Kelly Cherry is the Rachel Rivers-Coffey distinguished professor of creative writing in Appalachian's Department of English during fall semester. She has published six collections of fiction, two memoirs, six collections of poetry, two translations of classical drama, and five chapbooks of poetry.
In her memoir "Writing the World," she assures readers that "Words will take you anywhere."
Cherry is Eudora Welty professor of English and Evjue-Bascom professor in the humanities at the University of Wisconsin in Madison and has won many awards, including the Pushcart Prize.
In addition to her 7:30 p.m. reading on Oct. 7 in Plemmons Student Union's Table Rock Room, she will present the craft talk "The Short-short Story" beginning at 3:30 p.m., also in Table Rock Room.
A pre-reading reception for Cherry will begin at 6 p.m. in the union's Multicultural Center.
Adrian Nicole LeBlanc
Adrian Nicole LeBlanc is a prolific author of magazine and newspaper articles, many on the effects of poverty on adolescents.
Prior to devoting herself to the project that became her first book "Random Family: Love, Drugs, Trouble, and Coming of Age in the Bronx," she was the fiction editor of Seventeen magazine.
LeBlanc redefined immersion reporting in her book, which is a 10-year odyssey stretching the fabric of long-form nonfiction and demonstrates her mastery as observer of human character. Her current project, investigates the world of New York-based Jewish American comedian Rick Shapiro and other stand-up comedians.
She will read from her work Oct. 28 at 7:30 p.m. in Plemmons Student Union's Table Rock Room.
At 2 p.m., she will present the craft talk "Immersion Journalism" also in Table Rock Room.
A native of Trinidad, Brenda Flanagan teaches creative writing and Caribbean and African-American literatures, as well as literary analysis, at Davidson College.
She is the author of the story collection "In Praise of Island Women and Other Crimes," the prize-winning novel "You Alone are Dancing" and her newest novel "Allah in the Islands."
She is working on a third novel set in America about the relationship between two sisters, one of whom has been diagnosed with breast cancer.
Flanagan frequently serves as a cultural ambassador for the U.S. Department of State, with recent visits to Singapore, Kuwait, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Chad, Panama and India.
She will read from her work Nov. 18 at 7:30 p.m. in Plemmons Student Union's Table Rock Room.
Flanagan also will present the craft talk "Making the Red Blood Flow: From Real People to Fictional Characters" from 12:30-1:45 p.m. in Table Rock Room.
The Fall 2010 Visiting Writers Series is supported by the Appalachian State University Foundation; Appalachian's Offices of Academic Affairs, Multicultural Student Development, and Cultural Affairs; the College of Arts and Sciences; the Department of English; the Summer Reading Program; the University Bookstore; and The Appalachian Journal.
Business sponsors are The Gideon Ridge Inn and The Red Onion Restaurant. Community sponsors include John and Marjorie Idol, Mildred Luckhardt, Paul and Judy Tobin, Alice Naylor, Thomas McLaughlin, and The High Country Writers.
The Visiting Writers Series is named in honor of Hughlene Bostian Frank, Class of 1968, trustee and supporter of the university.
Parking is free on campus after 5 p.m. The parking deck on College Street provides the closest access to the student union.
For additional parking information or a map, visit http://www.parking.appstate.edu or call the university's Parking and Traffic Office at (828) 262-2878.