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Richard Peabody Joins Visiting Writers Series Nov. 8

BOONE —Poet, fiction writer and magazine editor Richard Peabody will speak at Appalachian State University as part of the Visiting Writers Series on Thursday, Nov. 8, at 7:30 p.m. in the Linville Falls Room, Plemmons Student Union.

Peabody also will participate in the “Ask the Editor Series” from

2-3 p.m. in the Roan Mountain Room, Plemmons Student Center.

He will discuss ” Editing the Alternative Press.”

Peabody is coeditor of the Mondo fiction anthology series.

The series includes “Mondo James Dean,” “Mondo Marilyn” and “Mondo Elvis.”

Each anthology includes fictional accounts of the celebrities’ lives.

Peabody also is the founding editor of Gargoyle magazine, an international literary magazine.

Peabody has published two collections of short stories, “Paraffin Days” and “Open Joints on a Bridge,” along with two poetry collections, “Mood Vertigo” and “I’m in Love with the Morton Salt Girl.”

The Washington, D.C., native teaches fiction writing in the John Hopkins University Part-Time Graduate Writing Program and at the Writer’s Center in Bethesda, Md.

The Visiting Writers Series is made possible with funding and support from 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, Office of Multicultural Student Development, Summer Reading Program, Office of Cultural Affairs, Office of Career Development, The Appalachian Journal, and The Richard T. Barker Friends of the University Library; business sponsors The Gideon Ridge Inn and The Red Onion Restaurant; and community sponsors The High Country Writers and Dr. Bruce Jackson.

Call Susan Weinberg at (828) 262-2871, Lynn Doyle at 262-2979, or Joseph Bathanti at 262-3098 for more information about readings, sponsorship, scholarship competitions, or attendance at additional sessions with the visiting writers.

Parking lots closest to the Plemmons Student Union are near the intersection of College and Howard Streets, behind Whitener Hall, and through the opened gate. Also suggested is the lot across from the Presbyterian Church, behind the University Post Office. For daytime guest parking for events before 5 p.m., call the traffic office at (828) 262-2878.