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Travel writers Peter Fish and Leigh Ann Henion speak April 7 at Appalachian

BOONE—Travel and adventure writers Peter Fish and Leigh Ann Henion will be the featured writers at the April 7 Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series at Appalachian State University.

They will present the craft talk “Travel Writing” at 2 p.m. in Plemmons Student Union’s Table Rock Room and read from their work beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Table Rock Room. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend.

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Fish of San Francisco is a former travel editor and writer for Sunset Magazine, where he worked for the past 30 years. His article on the reintroduction of wolves to Yellowstone National Park, “Howl,” won a 2013 Lowell Thomas Award gold medal for environmental journalism. His anthology of California literature, “California’s Best: Two Centuries of Great Writing from the Golden State,” was published by Farcountry Press in 2010.

Fish may be heard reading his essays “Howl, The Gray Wolves of Yellowstone” and “Meet Me at Burning Man” on Voqel at

Deep Gap resident Henion is the New York Times best-selling author of “Phenomenal: A Hesitant Adventure’s Search for Wonder in the Natural World.” The book is about how she chased eclipses, migrations, and other natural phenomena around the globe to reawaken her sense of wonder.

“Phenomenal” was named an editor’s pick by O, The Oprah Magazine, Backpacker and Barnes & Noble Review. Henion’s essays and articles have appeared in publications including Smithsonian, Orion, The Washington Post Magazine and Our State, where she’s a regular contributor. She has received a variety of accolades for her work, including a Lowell Thomas Award, and her stories have been noted in three editions of “The Best American Travel Writing.” Henion started her writing career at The Mountain Times in Boone. She is a former lecturer in Appalachian’s Department of English.

About the Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series

The visiting writers series is named in honor of Hughlene Bostian Frank (class of 1968). Frank is a member of the Appalachian State University Foundation Board, a 2013 Appalachian Alumni Association Outstanding Service award recipient, past member of Appalachian’s Board of Trustees and generous supporter of the university.

The 2015-16 Hughlene Bostian Frank 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 Office of Multicultural Student Development, the university’s Common Reading Program, the University Bookstore, Belk Library and Information Commons and the Appalachian Journal.

Business sponsors are The Gideon Ridge Inn, the New Public House & Hotel and The Red Onion Restaurant. Community sponsors include John and the late Margie Idol, Paul and Judy Tobin, Alice Naylor and Thomas McLaughlin.

Parking is free on campus after 5 p.m. The Library Parking Deck on College Street, which opens to the general public after 5:30 p.m., is recommended. To reach Plemmons Student Union, cross College Street and follow the walkway between the chiller plant and the University Bookstore, passing the University Post Office and entering Plemmons Student Union on thesecond floor. For further parking information or a map, see or call the Parking and Traffic Office 828-262-2878.

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