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Poet Nathalie Anderson is guest of Visiting Writers Series March 28

BOONE—Poet Nathalie Anderson visits Appalachian State University March 28 for its Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series. Anderson is the series’ Juanita Tobin Memorial Author.

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Anderson will present a craft talk at 2 p.m. in Plemmons Student Union’s Attic Window Room. Her reading begins at 7:30 p.m. in Room 114 Belk Library and Information Commons. Book sales and signing will follow the reading. Both programs are free and open to the public.

Anderson’s first book of poetry, “Following Fred Astaire,” won the 1998 Washington Prize from The Word Works. Her second book, “Crawlers,” received the 2005 McGovern Prize from Ashland Poetry. Anderson’s most recent publication is “Quiver,” published in 2011.

“I think every book of poems tells a story,” Anderson said at a reading at Swathmore College. Of her poem “Quiver,” she said, “I think of this one as balanced between loss and consolation between the devastations that shake us, the stabilities that ground us, and the unanticipated moments of transcendence that lift us beyond ourselves.”

Anderson’s poems have been published in “The New Yorker,” “North American Review,” “Paris Review” and “Southern Poetry Review.” She wrote the libretti for the operas “The Black Swan,” “Sukey in the Dark” and “A Scandal in Bohemia,” based on Sir. Arthur Conan Doyle’s first Sherlock Holmes short story.

Anderson is poet in residence at the Rosenbach Museum and Library, and is a professor in Swarthmore College’s Department of English Literature, where she also directs the department’s creative writing program.

Next in the writing series is fiction writer and memoirist Brett Lott on April 4 and novelist and poet Darnell Arnoult on April 18.

The spring Visiting Writers series is supported by the Appalachian State University Foundation, Appalachian’s Office of Academic Affairs, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of English, the University Bookstore, Belk Library and Information Commons and the Appalachian Journal. 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, Thomas McLaughlin and The High Country Writers.

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

Parking is free on campus after 5 p.m. The College Street parking deck adjacent to Belk Library and Information Commons provides the closest access to the student union.

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