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Poets Mary Adams and Michael White Join Visiting Writers Series

BOONE — Acclaimed poets Mary Adams and Michael White will read from their works on Thursday, Feb. 22, at 7:30 p.m. in the Linville Falls Room of Appalachian State University’s Plemmons Student Union.

Adams will read from her first book of poetry, “Epistles from the Planet Photosynthesis,” a collection of sonnets, sestinas, villanelles and blank verse arranged to expose her knowledge of poetry’s traditional core.

“(Adams) transmutes her precursors—Wallace Stevens, Elizabeth Bishop, John Ashbery — into something rich and strange in this splendid first book of earthly displays and discoveries,” said Edward Hirsch, author of five poetry compilations.

Adams is the director of the professional writing program at Western Carolina University.

Her poetry has appeared in “Shenandoah” and “Asheville Poetry Review.”

White, winner of the 1998 Colorado Prize for Poetry, is the author of “The Island” and

“Palma Cathedral,” two collections of carefully crafted poetry designed to provide readers with

vivid imagery.

“There is a Wordsworthian grandeur about (White’s) poems, a rhetorical and emotional

fullness that is breathtaking,” commented Mark Strand, former Poet Laureate of the United

States.

White is an associate professor in the University of North Carolina at Wilmington’s MFA

creative writing program.

His works have appeared in the “New Republic,” “Paris Review” and

“Ploughshares.”

Parking for the event is available in any university lot after 5 p.m. Lots closest to Plemmons Student Union are near the intersection of College and Howard streets, behind Whitener Hall and through the opened gate. Parking is also available near the university post office. Call the university’s traffic office at (828) 262-2878 for more information.

The Visiting Writers Series is sponsored by the North Carolina Arts Council, an agency funded by the State of North Carolina and the National Endowment for the Arts; Appalachian’s Office of Academic Affairs, College of Arts and Sciences, Office of University Advancement,

University Bookstore, Equity Office, and Office of Multicultural Student Development; The Appalachian Journal, the Hubbard Center for Faculty and Staff Development, the Richard T. Barker Friends of the University Library and the Friends of the Watauga County Public Library; business sponsors Gideon Ridge Inn and Red Onion Restaurant; and community sponsors Carol Anne Coe, Gil Verbit, Mildred Luckhardt and Robert Moren.

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