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Visiting Writers Series: Poets Julie Fay and Susan Ludvigson

BOONE–The spring Visiting Writers Series at Appalachian State University starts its season Jan. 27 with poets Julie Fay and Susan Ludvigson. The two will read from their works and answer questions from the audience starting at 7:30 p.m. in the Linville Falls Room of the Plemmons Student Union.

A native of New England, Fay is the author of the poetry collections “The Woman Behind You” and “Portraits of Women.” She teaches writing and literature at East Carolina University and lives part-time in Montpeyroux, France. Her poems have appeared in “Kenyon Review,” “Ploughshares,” “Gettysburg Review,” “Poetry” and “American Poetry Review.”

A professor at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C., Ludvigson has published six collections of poems including “Trinity” and “Everything Winged Must Be Dreaming.” She is the winner of fellowships from the National Endowment of the Arts, the Guggenheim, Fulbright, Rockefeller and Witter Bynner foundations. Her next collection, “Sweet Confluence,” will be published this year.

The VWS features six seasoned novelists and poets this semester, including a weeklong residency by poet and memoirist Luis Rodriguez. Acclaimed Southern writer Dorothy Allison will also speak on campus as part of the Forum Lecture Series in conjunction with Appalachian’s Women’s Studies, the Southeastern Women’s Studies Association and the VWS.

The VWS began in 1989 with funding from Thelma Raley. The series has grown each year with continuing support from the university, the community, business sponsors and individual donors. The series has received funding from the N.C. Arts Council since 1992 and in many years receives funding from the Grassroots Fund of the Watauga County Arts Council.

Co-directed by Lynn Doyle, Jade Huynh and Susan Weinberg, the current season

is supported by community sponsors Mildred Luckhardt and Robert Moren.

The series is funded by: North Carolina Arts Council, an agency funded by the State of North Carolina and the National Endowment of the Arts; Watauga County Arts Council’s Grassroots Fund; Wordwide: Writers of the Americas; Appalachian’s Office of Academic Affairs, College of Arts and Sciences, Office of University Advancement, University Bookstore, Equity Office, Office of Multicultural Student Development, Women’s Center, Humanities Program, Appalachian Cultural Museum, Friends of Kathy Fitzpatrick, The Appalachian Journal and the Richard T. Barker Friends of the University Library; The Gideon Ridge Inn and Red Onion Restaurant.

Parking is available in any university lot after 5 p.m. For daytime guest parking, call the university’s traffic office at (828) 262-2878.

Call Susan Weinberg (828) 262-2871 or Jade Huynh (828) 262-2313 for more information about readings, sponsorships, scholarships, or directions.

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