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Luis Rodriguez to Judge Capote Creative Writing Competition at Appalachian

BOONE — Luis Rodriguez, author, publisher and 2000 WordWide writer-in-residence, will judge the annual Truman Capote Scholarship in Creative Writing Competition at Appalachian State University.

The scholarship is awarded through an endowment funded by the Truman Capote Literary Trust to support the creative writing program at Appalachian. A rising junior or senior English major concentrating in creative writing at Appalachian will receive a full year’s in-state tuition.

An entry consists of either five poems or two short stories or memoirs. Students may enter both categories as long as entries are separate. One scholarship for either prose or poetry is awarded each year.

No cover sheet is needed, but the student’s name, campus mailing address, phone number and e-mail address should be written on the front page of each entry. Three complete copies of each entry should be submitted in a folder or large envelope. The deadline for submissions is noon, Thursday, March 8, in the Department of English office in Sanford Hall. Winners will be notified and posted on the creative writing bulletin board by the final day of spring semester classes.

Rodriguez has won awards for his poetry collections “The Concrete River,” “Poems Across the Pavement,” and “Trochemoche,” and for his memoir “Always Running: Gang Days in L.A.: La Vida Loca.”

Publisher of “Tia Chucha Press,” Rodriguez lives in Los Angeles.

He spent a week in residence at Appalachian and the counties surrounding campus as part of a 10-week teaching and speaking tour of North Carolina.

Senior Todd Atchison of Spartanburg, S.C., currently holds the Truman Capote Scholarship for 2000-01.

Complete guidelines will be available from the Creative Writing Bookshelf, third floor Sanford Hall, in early February.