Irish poet Paula Meehan reads Nov. 4 at ASU

Article Published: Oct. 29, 2009 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
Irish poet Paula Meehan reads Nov. 4 at ASU

Poet Paula Meehan will read from her work Nov. 4 at ASU.

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Irish poet Paula Meehan reads from her work Wednesday, Nov. 4, as part of the Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series at Appalachian State University.

The reading begins at 7:30 p.m. in room 114 Belk Library and Information Commons. Meehan also will give the craft talk "Private Sources, Public Speech - Making it Up from Scratch" from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m., in room 114 Belk Library.

Meehan is the author of nine poetry collections and several plays. Her poetry collections include "Reading the Sky," "Mysteries of the Home: A Selection of Poems" and "Painting Rain" published by Wake Forest University Press.

"Paula Meehan is that rare and precious thing-a vocational poet of courage and integrity," said Carol Ann Duffy, the United Kingdom's first female poet laureate. "Already much-loved and admired far beyond the shores of her native Ireland, Meehan advances her claim on our hearts and minds with 'Painting Rain.' From present-day Dublin to Ancient Greece, the myths and flawed heroes of her poems give back to us our own lives, counted out in illuminated moments of joy, pain, love, and memory."

Meehan was raised in the working-class districts of Dublin. She graduated from Trinity College and Eastern Washington University. Meehan continues to live in Dublin. Her work has received The Martin Toonder Award, the Butler Literary Award and the Denis Devlin Award.

The Visiting Writers Series is named in honor of Hughlene Bostian Frank, a 1968 graduate of Appalachian, a member of the university's board of trustees and generous supporter of the university.

The Fall 2009 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, University College, The Center for Appalachian Studies, the Writing Across the Curriculum program, the Sustainable Development Program, 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, Paul and Judy Tobin, Alice Naylor, Thomas McLaughlin, Mildred Luckhardt and The High Country Writers.

For more information about the fall Visiting Writers Series season, call (828) 262-2871 or visit

Parking is free on campus after 5 p.m.; however, visitors to Appalachian should be aware that numerous construction projects on campus as well as activities associated with the academic year have limited visitor parking. The parking deck on College Street adjacent to Belk Library and Information Commons provides convenient access to the library. For information about parking, call the university's parking and safety department at (828) 262-2878.

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