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Visiting Writers Series Features Former Charlotte Writer Kathryn Rhett

BOONE–Kathryn Rhett, author of “Near Breathing: A Memoir of a Difficult Birth” and editor of “Survival Stories: Memoirs of Crisis,” is the April 8 speaker for Appalachian State University’s Visiting Writers Series.

Rhett’s talk begins at 7:30 p.m. in Plemmons Student Union’s Linville Falls Room. Books will be available for purchase and signing. She also will talk about the art and craft of writing nonfiction at 2 p.m. in the Linville Falls Room. The programs are free and the public is invited. Call (828) 262-2878 for more information.

“Near Breathing” is a love letter written by Rhett following her daughter’s near death during childbirth.

The work is “a gripping book, brilliantly written, and you will be riveted by the suspense and drama. Every mother should read it. Every father, too. ‘Near Breathing’ is the title of this stunning memoir. Near breathing will describe you reading it,” according to The Charlotte Observer.

Barbara Jones with Vogue wrote, “Kathryn Rhett carried a healthy baby girl to term, but during delivery something went seriously wrong. The baby aspirated poisonous meconium, and for days afterward her little life hung in the balance. Rhett’s ‘Near Breathing’ is a wry, unflinching and exquisite account of those twilight days–a fearlessly unsentimental evocation of a time any parent might wish to forget in a book we will long remember.”

“Survivor’s Stories” is a collection of 22 first-person accounts by survivors of a medical, social and emotional crises.

Rhett teaches creative writing at Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania. She joined the Gettysburg College faculty in 1997 after teaching at a number of colleges and universities, including Queens University in Charlotte, UNC Charlotte, the University of Iowa and the University of San Francisco.

Her fiction, nonfiction and poetry have appeared in such journals as Harvard Review, Ploughshares, Crab Orchard Review, Bellingham Review, Grand Street, and Massachusetts Review.

She is a graduate of the University of Iowa’s Writers Workshop.

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 the First Presbyterian Church, behind the campus Post Office.

For further parking information, call the Office of Traffic and Parking at (828) 262-2878.

The Spring 2004 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 community sponsors The Dover Foundation, The High Country Writers, The Friends of Kathy Fitzpatrick, Mildred Luckhardt, Robert Moren and John and Marjorie Idol.

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