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Writer Petro talks March 24 at ASU

Article Published: Mar. 17, 2011 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
Writer Petro talks March 24 at ASU

Writer Pamela Petro will host a craft talk on March 24 at ASU.

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Writer Pamela Petro presents the craft talk "The Who's and Where's: Writing People, Writing Place?" March 24 at 2 p.m. in at Appalachian State University's Plemmons Student Union's Table Rock Room.
She will read from her work at 7:30 p.m., also in Table Rock Room. Her visit is part of the university's Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series.

Petro has written articles and essays on travel and art, as well as reviews and profiles, for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The London Telegraph and The Wall Street Journal, as well as The Atlantic, Granta, Ms Magazine, Bon Appetit, Islands and other publications.

A winner of the Bedford Pace Prize for travel writing on Britain, she is also the author of three acclaimed works of travel literature: "Travels in an Old Tongue: Touring the World Speaking Welsh," "Sitting up with the Dead: A Storied Journey through the American South" and "The Slow Breath of Stone: A Romanesque Love Story."

Petro teaches creative writing at Smith College and is an interdisciplinary adviser for Lesley University's MFA program.

The visiting series is named in honor of Hughlene Bostian Frank, class of 1968, a trustee and generous supporter of Appalachian. The spring 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.

For more information about the spring season, call (828) 262-2337 or visit

Parking is free on campus after 5 p.m. The parking deck on College Street provides easiest access to the student union. For more parking information or a map, visit or call the Parking and Traffic Office at (828) 262-2878.

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