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Appalachian’s visiting writers series features Paul Cuadros in a Sept. 6 reading

cuadros-soccer_t1_1.jpgBOONE—In 1999, Paul Cuadros traded life in a big city for the small-town atmosphere of Pittsboro to write about the impact Latino poultry workers were having in rural towns in the South.In the process he combined social commentary and biographical portrait to pen the book “A Home on the Field: How One Championship Team Inspires Hope for the Revival of Small Town America.”

Cuadros will read from his book and other writings Sept. 6 during the opening of the fall Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series at Appalachian State University. His presentation begins at 7:30 p.m. in Plemmons Student Union’s Table Rock Room. Admission is free. For more information, call (828) 262-2871 or visit


Paul Cuadros, center, became the coach of the Jordan-Matthews High School soccer team when he moved to North Carolina to study immigration in the South. He wrote about the experience in his book “A Home on the Field: How One Championship Team Inspires Hope for the Revival of Small Town America.” Cuadros will read from the book and his other writings Sept. 6 at 7:30 p.m. in Appalachian State University’s Plemmons Student Union. The event is part of Appalachian’s Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series. (Photo courtesy of Paul Cuadros)

In addition to the reading, a collection of Cuadros’s photographs of the state’s Latino population will be on display through December in the Multicultural Center in the student union. A reception in conjunction with the exhibit will be held Sept. 7 at 9 a.m. in the Multicultural Center.

Cuadros writes about the challenges and successes the Latino students faced in the classroom and soccer field. He also covers the culture clash between longtime residents and Latino newcomers that eventually boiled over into an anti-immigrant rally featuring former Klansman David Duke.

He also writes how the dream of leaving the poultry plants, finishing high school and going to college could become a reality.

Cuadros is an award-winning investigative reporter who has written about issues of race and poverty for more than 15 years. He graduated from the University of Michigan in 1985 and worked as an advertising copywriter until 1990, when he returned to school to study journalism and received a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.

Cuadros worked for The Chicago Reporter, an award-winning investigative journal that focuses on race and poverty issues. He won several awards for his reporting on housing, healthcare for the poor, and immigration issues. In 1997, he began working for the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Public Integrity and helped write the books “The Buying of the Congress” and “The Cheating of America: How the Rich Cheat on their Taxes.”

Cuadros has reported and written about the impact immigrant families have had on schools, health care, industry and housing. He is currently working on a new project involving Latinos in the South and the justice system.

The fall 2007 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.

Additional sponsors are 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.