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Poet and Novelist Al Young Holds Reading and Book Signing Oct. 9

092603young_al_dl.jpgBOONE–Noted poet and novelist Al Young will read from his works Oct. 9 at 7:30 p.m. at Appalachian State University. His presentation will be held in Plemmons Student Union’s Linville Falls Room and is part of the university’s Visiting Writers Series.

Photo courtesy of Gabrielle Motta-Passajou

A reception will precede the reading from 6-7:15 p.m. in the student union’s Multicultural Center.

Call (828) 262-2871 for more information.

Young is this year’s Rivers-Coffey Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing at Appalachian. He will be on campus through mid-October leading a colloquium on creative writing.

Young’s novels include “Who is Angeline?” and “Sitting Pretty.” Poetry volumes include “The Song Turning Back Into Itself” and “Geography of the Near Past.” Current projects include the novel “A Piece of Cake” and “Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know: Or, Opus De Funk,” an account in verse of Lord Byron and Lady Caroline Lamb’s infamous romance, and a screen adaptation of his novel “Seduction by Light.”

Young has taught poetry and fiction writing at the University of California at Berkeley and nine other colleges across the United States. His honors include Wallace Stegner, Guggenheim, Fulbright, and National Endowment for the Arts fellowships; the PEN-Library of Congress Award for Short Fiction; the PEN-USA Award for Nonfiction; the American Book Award; the Pushcart Prize; and two New York Times Notable Book of the Year citations.

Young has a number of innovative ways to help students find their writing voice, according to English professor Susan Weinberg. “To work with a writer of national prominence like Al Young is a rare and wonderful opportunity for students,” she said. “Our focus in the creative writing program at Appalachian is on undergraduate students. It is unusual in any program for undergraduates to get to work with a visiting writer like this.”

Parking for Visiting Writers Series events is available for non-university community members after 5 p.m. in the parking lot below Raley Hall. Also suggested is the lot across from First Presbyterian Church, behind the campus Post Office. For further parking information or guest parking for daytime events, call the Office of Traffic and Parking at (828) 262-2878.

The Fall 2003 Visiting Writers Series is supported 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, Department of English, Summer Reading Program, Office of University Advancement, University Bookstore, Office of Multicultural Student Development, Equity Office, “The Appalachian Journal” and The Richard T. Barker Friends of the University Library; business sponsors The Gideon Ridge Inn, The Red Onion Restaurant, Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, and Sugar Hill Records; and community sponsors The Dover Foundation, The High Country Writers, The Friends of Kathy Fitzpatrick, Mildred Luckhardt and Robert Moren and Dr. Bruce Jackson.

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Photo courtesy of Gabrielle Motta-Passajou