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Poet Minnie Bruce Pratt Visits Appalachian’s Visiting Writers Series April 7

032305pratt_dl.jpgBOONE – Appalachian State University’s Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series presents a reading by poet Minnie Bruce Pratt on Thursday, April 7, at 7:30 p.m. in Plemmons Student Union’s Linville Falls Room.

Prior to the reading, Pratt will give the craft talk “To Make A Revolution Irresistible: Writing, Poetry, and Politics” from 2-3:15 p.m. in Linville Falls Room.

Admission to both events is free. Books will be available for sales and signing. For more information, call (828) 262-2871 or visit

Pratt has published five books of poetry: “The Sound of One Fork,” “We Say We Love Each Other,” “Crime Against Nature” (winner of the Lamont Poetry Prize and the American Library Association Gay and Lesbian Book Award for Literature), “Walking Back Up Depot Street” and “The Dirt She Ate: Selected and New Poems,” recently issued by Pitt Poetry Series.

Her book of prose stories about gender boundary crossing, “S/HE,” was one of the five finalists in non-fiction for the 1995 American Library Association Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Book Award, as well as one of the three finalists for the Firecracker Award in Non-Fiction. In these lyrical vignettes, Pratt writes about the many ways to be a girl, boy, man, woman, and those in between. “S/HE” explores the inconsistencies, infinities, and fluidity of sex and gender.

Pratt’s most recent book, “The Dirt She Ate,” is described by the New York Times Book Review as “original, startling,” and by Publishers Weekly as “hard-edged and provocative, dealing directly and explicitly with issues of anger, shame, sexuality, and injustice.”

Pratt received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama and a Ph.D. in English literature from UNC Chapel Hill. In addition to her academic education, Pratt says she received an education into the great liberation struggles of the 20th century through grass-roots work with women in Fayetteville and teaching at historically black universities.

For five years, she was a member of the editorial collective Feminary: A Feminist Journal for the South, Emphasizing Lesbian Visions. Together with Elly Bulkin and Barbara Smith, she co-authored “Yours In Struggle: Three Feminist Perspectives On Anti-Semitism and Racism,” which has been adopted for classroom use in hundreds of college courses. Temple University Press is publishing a new edition of “Yours In Struggle,” with an introduction by Chandra Talpade Mohanty.The Spring 2005 Visiting Writers Series is supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, with funding from the State of North Carolina and the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.

The series also is supported by the Appalachian State University Foundation; Appalachian’s Offices of Academic Affairs, Multicultural Student Development and Cultural Affairs; the College of Arts and Sciences; the University Bookstore; The Appalachian Journal; and The Richard T. Barker Friends of the University Library. Business sponsors are The Gideon Ridge Inn and The Red Onion Restaurant.

Community and other sponsors are The Friends of Kathy Fitzpatrick, Mildred Luckhardt, John and Marjorie Idol, The Dover Foundation, and the late Robert Moren.

The Visiting Writers Series is named in honor of Hughlene Bostian Frank. She is a graduate of the university and a member of the university’s Board of Trustees.