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Poet Tony Sanders Featured March 8 in Visiting Writers Series

sanders.jpgBOONE — Award-winning author of “Partial Eclipse” and “Transit Authority” Tony Sanders will read from his works on Thursday, March 8, at 7:30 p.m. in the Linville Falls Room of Appalachian State University’s Plemmons Student Union.

His presentation is part of the university’s Visiting Writers Series.

Sanders’ first book, “Partial Eclipse,” received the Vassar Miller Prize for Poetry, an annual national competition resulting in the publication of a winning manuscript each fall.

“Sanders proceeds through his poems with a pervasive steadiness of diction, a syntactic resonance quite his own yet gratefully beholden to such exacting masters as Stevens and Ashbery,” said Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Howard.

In “Transit Authority,” Sanders looks with a rueful intrigue at an urban landscape swamped with near misses and has-beens.

While the topic seems disconcerting, the poems’ alluring subtlety keeps the reader interested.

Sanders teaches English and creative writing at Fairfield University in Connecticut.

Educated at Yale, the University of Iowa and the University of Houston, Sanders has had his poetry published in “The Paris Review,” “Grand Street,” “The Yale Review” and “The Gettysburg Review.”

Parking for the event 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.

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,

University Bookstore, Equity Office, and Office of Multicultural Student Development; The Appalachian Journal, the Hubbard Center for Faculty and Staff Development, the Richard T. Barker Friends of the University Library and the Friends of the Watauga County Public Library; business sponsors Gideon Ridge Inn and Red Onion Restaurant; and community sponsors Carol Anne Coe, Gil Verbit, Mildred Luckhardt and Robert Moren.

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