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Appalachian’s Visiting Writers Series hosts spring lineup

fryegaillard_t.jpgBOONE—Southern writers fill out the spring schedule for the Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series at Appalachian State University.

Readings begin at 7:30 p.m. in Plemmons Student Union’s Table Rock Room. Admission is free.

Visit for more information about the authors’ schedules and related craft talks or call (828) 262-2337.


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The spring series begins Feb. 21 with a presentation by nonfiction writer Frye Gaillard. Gaillard, a former editor at the Charlotte Observer, is a writer-in-residence at the University of South Alabama. His latest book, “Cradle of Freedom: Alabama and the Movement That Changed America,” won the 2005 Lillian Smith Award for outstanding writing about the South.

Poet and critic Ricardo Pau-Llosa reads from his works Feb. 28. The Cuban-born writer moved to the United States in the 1960s, eventually settling in Miami, Fla. Pau-Llosa teaches in Miami-Dade Community College’s Department of English. His poetry collections include “Cuba: Poems” and “The Mastery Impulse.”

Playwright, poet and fiction writer Jo Carson presents a reading March 20. The Johnson City, Tenn., resident has spent the past 15 years helping more than 30 communities in the United States write plays from oral histories. Her play “Swamp Gravy” was performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Her award-winning plays include “Whispering Horses,” “Preacher with a Horse to Ride” and “The Bear Facts.”

Writer Karen McElmurray reads from her work April 3. She is the author of “Surrendered Child: A Birth Mother’s Journey” and “Strange Birds in the Tree of Heaven.” McElmurray is an assistant professor at George College and State University. While at Appalachian, she will speak to a regional gathering of foster and adoptive parents.

Poet Marilyn Kallet presents a reading April 10. The Alabama native grew up in New York and currently is a professor of comparative literature and creative writing at the University of Tennessee. Her poetry has been published in more than 45 poetry reviews and anthologies. Her work includes “Last Love Poems of Paul Eluard,” “In the Great Night” and “One For Each Night: Chanukah Tales and Recipes.”

The Visiting Writers Series is named in honor of Hughlene Bostian Frank, class of 1968, a trustee and generous supporter of the university.

The series is supported by the North Carolina Arts Council with funding from the state of North Carolina and the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.

Additional sponsors are the Appalachian State University Foundation; Appalachian’s offices of Academic Affairs, Multicultural Student Development, and Cultural Affairs; the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of English, the Summer Reading Program, the University Bookstore, The Appalachian Journal and The Richard T. Barker Friends of the University Library.

Business sponsors are The Gideon Ridge Inn and The Red Onion Restaurant. Community sponsors include John and Marjorie Idol, Paul and Judy Tobin, Alice Naylor, The High Country Writers and The Clabough Foundation.