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Poet and Novelist Al Young Presents Reading Feb. 13

BOONE–Poet and novelist Al Young will read from his work Thursday, Feb. 13, as part of Appalachian State University’s Visiting Writers Series. The 7:30 p.m. reading will be held in Plemmons Student Union’s Linville Falls Room. Admission is free and the public is invited. Call (828) 262-2337 for more information.

A Mississippi native, Young grew up in the South and in Detroit, Mich. He attended the University of Michigan and received his B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley.

His volumes of poetry include “Heaven: Collected Poems, 1956-90,” “The Blues Don’t Change: New and Selected Poems,” “The Song Turning Back into Itself.” and “Dancing: Poems,” which won the Joseph Henry Jackson Award.

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Charles Simic said of “Heaven” that, “Al Young has a rare gift among contemporary poets: eloquence. It is rare because it requires having a bit of wisdom and the feel for what language can do.”

Young also is the author of the novels “Seduction by Light,” “Ask Me Now,” “Sitting Pretty” and “Snakes: A Novel.”

Of his novel “Who is Angelina,” Janice C. Simpson of Essence magazine wrote, “Through Angelina, Young looks at a variety of problems facing young Black women today. . I don’t always agree with Young’s conclusions, but they are honest and they work.”

His memoirs include “Drowning in the Sea of Love: Musical Memoirs,” “Mingus-Mingus: Two Memoirs,” with Janet Coleman, “Kind of Blue: Musical Memoirs” and “Bodies and Soul: Musical Memoirs,” which won the American Book Award.

Young has taught poetry and fiction writing at U.C. Berkeley, U.C. Santa Cruz, U.C. Davis, Foothill College, the Colorado College, Rice University, the University of Washington, the University of Michigan, the University of Arkansas and San José State University.

Parking is available for non-university community members after 5 p.m. in the lot near the intersection of College and Howard streets, behind Whitener Hall, and through the opened gate. The lot across from the First Presbyterian Church, behind the University Post Office is also suggested.

The Spring 2003 Visiting Writers Series is supported by Appalachian’s Office of Academic Affairs, College of Arts and Sciences, Office of University Advancement, University Bookstore, Office of Multicultural Student Development, The Appalachian Journal and the Richard T. Barker Friends of the University Library; business sponsors The Gideon Ridge Inn and The Red Onion Cafe; and community sponsors The Dover Foundation, The High Country Writers, The Friends of Kathy Fitzpatrick, and Mildred Luckhardt and Robert Moren.