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Robert Conley Opens Visiting Writers Series at Appalachian

BOONE–Robert J. Conley writes about his ancestors — the Cherokee. The Cushing, Okla., native has made a career of writing novels about the Cherokee tradition.

From his first novel “Back to Malachi,” published in 1986, to the recent “Cherokee Dragon,” Conley’s works recreate, celebrate and honor the Cherokee people, and are known for their accurate depiction of the Old West.

Conley will read from his works Sept. 14 at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Visiting Writers Series at Appalachian State University. His presentation will be in the Linville Falls Room of Plemmons Student Union.Admission is free. Call Susan Weinberg at (828) 262-2871 or Jade Huynh at (828) 262-2313 for more information.

A prolific writer, Conley has had more than 30 novels published, including three British editions, a collection of short stories and four recorded books on tape. Conley wrote the novelization of the Columbia Pictures screenplay “Geronimo: An American Legend,” which was published in the United States by Pocket Books.

In 1997 Conley was inducted into the Oklahoma Professional Writers Hall of Fame. He was named the Oklahoma Writer of the Year in 1999 by the University of Oklahoma’s Professional Writing Program, named to the Oklahoma Writers Hall of Fame in 1996 and has received three Spur Awards from Western Writers of America.

Conley, a former college English professor, now lives in Tahlequah, Okla., the capital city of the Cherokee Nation. His career includes director of Indian studies and assistant programs manager for the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma.

Conley received a bachelor of arts degree in drama and art and a master of arts degree in English from Midwestern University.

Parking is available in any university lot after 5 p.m. Lots closest to Plemmons Student Union are near the intersection of College and Howard streets, behind Whitener Hall and through the opened gate. Parking is also available near the university post office. Call the university’s traffic office at (828) 262-2878 for more information about campus parking.

The Visiting Writers Series is sponsored by the North Carolina Arts Council, an agency funded by the State of North Carolina and the National Endowment for the Arts; Appalachian’s Office of Academic Affairs, College of Arts and Sciences, Office of University Advancement, Office of Cultural Affairs, University Bookstore, Equity Office, Office of Multicultural Student Development; the Richard T. Barker Friends of the University Library; business sponsors Gideon Ridge Inn and Red Onion Cafe; and community sponsors Carol Anne Coe and Gil Verbit.

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