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Poet and creative nonfiction author Molly Peacock talks Oct. 10 at Appalachian

BOONE—Molly Peacock, author of “The Paper Garden: Mrs. Delany Begins Her Life’s Work at 72,” will speak Oct. 10 at Appalachian State University. Her reading and craft talk is sponsored by the Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series.

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Peacock will present the craft talk “Snap Sonnets” at 3:30 p.m. in Plemmons Student Union’s Table Rock Room. The talk will crystallize how poets seize that now-or-never crisis and drive it into 14 lines with a turn—using a magic proportion of 8 to 6. Peacock will examine both a classic sonnet and a contemporary sonnet, and she will provide individualized writing prompts for all who desire one.

Peacock will read from her work at 7:30 p.m., also in the Table Rock Room. Books will be available for sale and signing at both events. The reading is dedicated to the memory of Margie South Idol, 1933-2013, longtime friend and generous supporter of the literary arts and University Library at Appalachian.

Admission to both events is free and the public is invited to attend.

“The Paper Garden” is a biography of 18th-century artist Mary Delany and a meditation on late-life creativity. Following the death of her second husband, Delany picked up a pair of scissors and created a new art form, mixed-media collage. During the next decade, she created 985 botanically correct cut-paper flowers, now housed in the British Museum and referred to as the Flora Delanica.

Published in 2010 by Bloomsbury Books and McClelland and Stewart, the book was a Canadian bestseller and named by The Economist as a book of the year in the U.K.

A widely anthologized poet and creative nonfiction writer, Peacock is the author of six collections of poetry including her recent publication “The Second Blush.” Her work appears in “The Best American Essays,” “Best American Poetry” and the “Oxford Book of American Poetry.” Her poems have appeared in such leading publications as The New Yorker and The Times Literary Supplement.

One of the creators of New York’s Poetry in Motion program, she co-edited “Poetry In Motion: One Hundred Poems From the Subways and Buses.” She is also the editor of an anthology of essays, “The Private I,” and a book about reading poetry, “How to Read a Poem and Start a Poetry Circle.”

Her essays have appeared in The Best American Essays, New York Magazine, Oprah Magazine, House & Garden, Elle, More and others.

In addition to writing both poetry and prose, Peacock is also the author/performer of a one-woman show in poems, “The Shimmering Verge” produced by Louise Fagan Productions. The show was performed in cities throughout Canada and the U.S., including an Off Broadway showcase.

A former New Yorker and a dual citizen of the U.S. and Canada, she now makes her home in Toronto with her husband, Michael Groden, and is the series editor of “The Best Canadian Poetry in English.”

The Fall 2013 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 Summer Reading Program, the University Bookstore, Belk Library, and the Appalachian Journal. Business sponsors are The Gideon Ridge Inn and The Red Onion Restaurant. Community sponsors include John and the late Margie 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), 2013 Appalachian Alumni Association Outstanding Service award recipient, past trustee, and generous supporter of Appalachian State University.

Parking is free in most campus after 5 p.m. Parking is available in the parking deck next to Belk Library and Information commons after 5 p.m., which provides closest access to Plemmons Student Union. To reach the student union, cross College Street and follow the walkway between the chiller plant and the University Bookstore, passing the Post Office and entering the Student Union on the second floor.

For further parking information or a map, see or call the Parking and Traffic Office at 828-262-2878.