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Visiting Writers Series Features Heather Ross Miller Oct. 6

093005miller_dl.jpgBOONE – Appalachian State University’s Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series features award-winning author Heather Ross Miller to campus Oct. 6. Admission is free.

Miller will attend a pre-reading reception hosted by the Department of English from 6-7:15 p.m. in Plemmons Student Union’s Multicultural Center. Following the reception, Miller will present a reading from her works at 7:30 p.m. in the student union’s Blue Ridge Ballroom. Book sales and signings will take place after the reading.

Miller is Appalachian’s Rachel Rivers-Coffey Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing for fall semester. She has written several books and works of poetry, including “Champeen: A Novel,” “Freaks in Love: Stories,” “Friends and Assassins” and “Hard Evidence.”

She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Best Book Award from the National Association of Independent Schools, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts.

On “Friends and Assassins,” Philip Gambone of The New York Times writes, “Full of gritty elegance, ‘Friends and Assassins’ smacks of the ‘wild scuppernong tang’ of the Cape Fear, N.C., countryside that is often its setting. These poems, like scars, are the record of a woman’s struggle to make a life beyond ‘her Oz stuff,’ while at the same time affirming the possibility of ‘breathing/a path back to the great world.'”

The Visiting Writers Series is named in honor of Hughlene Bostian Frank, a 1968 graduate of Appalachian who is a member of Appalachian’s Board of Trustees and a generous supporter of the university.

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 a map, visit or call the Parking and Traffic Office (828) 262-2878.

The Fall 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 is also 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 sponsors include Mildred Luckhardt, and John and Marjorie Idol.

For more information about the Visiting Writers Series, call (828) 262-2871 or visit