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Author Judith Ortiz Cofer reads from her work April 10

BOONE—The Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series at Appalachian State University welcomes author Judith Ortiz Cofer for a craft talk and reading April 10.

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Cofer will present the talk “But Tell it Slant: From Poetry to Prose and Back Again” at 2 p.m. in Plemmons Student Union’s Table Rock Room. Her reading will begin at 7:30 p.m., also in Table Rock Room. Book sales and signing will follow her reading.

A native of Puerto Rico, writes poetry and coming-of-age stories set in Puerto Rico.

Cofer is the author of several novels, including “If I Could Fly,” “Call Me Maria” and “A Love Story Beginning in Spanish.” She also authored a collection of essays titled “On Becoming a Writer,” a collection of short stories titled “The Line of the Sun” and two books of poetry: “Terms of Survival” and “Reaching for the Mainland.”

She also has been included in numerous textbooks and anthologies including Best American Essays 1991, The Norton Book of Women’s Lives, The Norton Introduction to Literature, The Norton Introduction to Poetry and The Heath Anthology of American Literature.

Cofer is the Regents’ and Franklin Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Georgia. She was inducted into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame in 2010 and was named the University of Georgia’s 2013 recipient of the Southeastern Conference Faculty Achievement Award.

The Visiting Writers Series is named in honor of Hughlene Bostian Frank (class of 1968), a past trustee and generous supporter of the university and recipient of the 2013 Appalachian Alumni Association Outstanding Service award.

The Spring 2014 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 Information Commons and the Appalachian Journal. Business sponsors are The Gideon Ridge Inn and The Red Onion Cafe. Community sponsors include John and the late Margie Idol, Paul and Judy Tobin, Alice Naylor, Thomas McLaughlin and The High Country Writers.

Parking is free on campus after 5 p.m. Recommended is the parking deck on College Street, which opens at 5:30 p.m. to the public. From the parking deck follow the walkway between the chiller plant and the University Bookstore, passing the Post Office and to enter the student union on the second floor. For further parking information or a map, see http://parking.appstate.edu.

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