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Appalachian’s Visiting Writers Series brings poets, novelists and essayist to campus

cuadros_t.jpgBOONE—Fans of the written word are in for a variety of literary treats during the fall 2007 Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series at Appalachian State University. The fall series includes readings by award-winning reporter Paul Cuadros, novelist Nino Ricci, poet and novelist Robert Morgan, performance poet Doris Davenport, and poet and essayist Sydney Lea.

Admission to the Thursday events is free. For more information, call (828) 262-2871 or visit











Cuadros is author of the book “A Home on the Field: How One Championship Team Inspires Hope for the Revival of Small Town America.” He will kick off the Visiting Writers Series Sept. 6 at 7:30 p.m. in Plemmons Student Union’s Table Rock Room.

Cuadros’ book was the summer reading selection for incoming freshmen at Appalachian. He will deliver the address at Convocation Sept. 6 at 10 a.m. in the Holmes Convocation Center.

Ricci reads from his work Oct. 4 at 7:30 p.m. in Room 114 Carol Grotnes Belk Library and Information Commons. He also will present a craft talk at 3:30 p.m. in the student union’s Table Rock Room. Ricci is the author of the best-selling “Lives of the Saints” and “In a Glass House,” “Where She Has Gone” and “Testament.”

Morgan will read from his, including his major nonfiction work “Boone: A Biography,” Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m. in Plemmons Student Union’s Blue Ridge Ballroom. Morgan is the author of the novels “Gap Creek,” “The Truest Pleasure” and “Brave Enemies.” He also will give a craft talk Nov. 8 at 2 p.m. in Room 114 Belk Library and Information Commons.

Morgan is the 2006-07 Rachel Rivers-Coffey Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing for fall semester. A pre-reading reception for Morgan will begin at 6 p.m. Nov. 8 in the student union’s Multicultural Center.

Davenport returns to campus Nov. 15 for a 7:30 p.m. reading in Plemmons Student Union’s Table Rock Room. She will give a craft talk at 11 a.m. at the same location.

Davenport was the Carol Grotnes Belk Distinguished Lecturer on campus in 2006. Her books of poetry include “Madness Like Morning Glories” and “A Hunger for Moonlight.”

Lea will give a craft talk Nov. 29 at 3:30 p.m. in Plemmons Student Union’s Table Rock Room and a writers series presentation at 7:30 p.m. in Table Rock Room.

The founder of “The New England Review” writes of the land and people of New England.

His “Pursuit of a Wound” was one of three finalists for the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry in 2001. His most recent collection, “Ghost Pain,” has been praised as a “supple blend of straight American speech in the service of deep spiritual reflection.” His collection of naturalist essays include “Hunting the Whole Way Home” and “A Little Wildness: Some Notes on Rambling.”

The fall 2007 Visiting Writers Series 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 Department of English, the Summer Reading Program, 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 John and Marjorie Idol, Paul and Judy Tobin, Alice Naylor, The High Country Writers and The Clabough Foundation.

The Visiting Writers Series is named in honor of Hughlene Bostian Frank, class of 1968, a trustee and generous supporter of Appalachian State University.