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Gibson and Whitlow present poetry reading March 5 at Appalachian

gibson_t.jpgbeard_t.jpgBOONE—Rebecca Gould Gibson and Carolyn Beard Whitlow will present a poetry reading March 5 as part of the Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series at Appalachian State University.

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The reading begins at 7:30 p.m. in Plemmons Student Union’s Table Rock Room. Books will be available for sales and signing. Admission is free. Call 828-262-2337 for more information.

Gibson and Whitlow also will give the craft talk “A Panel with the Poets” March 5 from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. in Table Rock Room.

Gibson is the author of two prize-winning chapbooks of poetry, “Off-road Meditations” and “Holding Ground,” and one full-length volume, “First Life.” Her book of poetry “Need-Fire” received the 2008 Brockman-Campbell Award from the North Carolina Poetry Society and a 2005 poetry contest held by Bright Hill Press. Her poetry collection “Aphrodite’s Daughter” received the X.J. Kennedy Prize from Texas Review Press. She recently retired from Guilford College.

Carolyn Beard Whitlow is the Charles A. Dana Professor of English at Guilford College. Her poems have appeared in the journals African American Review, The Kenyon Review, The Massachusetts Review and Indiana Review. Her poetry also has been published in anthologies, including Word and Witness: 100 Years of North Carolina Poetry. Whitlow was one of 10 North Carolina poets included in the 1997 PBS series “Poetry Alive.”

Whitlow’s most recent poetry collection, “Vanished,” won the 2006 Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Award. Whitlow teaches creative writing and African-American literature at Guilford College.

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

The spring 2009 season is supported by the Appalachian State University Foundation, and Appalachian’s Office of Academic Affairs, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of English, Office of Multicultural Student Development, Summer Reading Program, University Bookstore and the Appalachian Journal.

Business sponsors are the Gideon Ridge Inn and Red Onion Restaurant. Community sponsors include John and Marjorie Idol, Paul and Judy Tobin, Alice Naylor, Mildred Luckhardt, Thomas McLaughlin and the High Country Writers Network.

Parking is free on campus after 5 p.m. The parking deck on College Street adjacent to Belk Library and Information Commons provides easy access to Plemmons Student Union.