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Poet Bruce Weigl reads from his work March 27 at Appalachian

BOONE—Poet and essayist Bruce Weigl will read from his work during a March 27 presentation through 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. Admission is free and the public is invited.

Weigl is the author of the memoir “Circle of Hanh” and the poetry collection“The Abudance of Nothing,” which was a finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize. A veteran of the Vietnam War and Bronze Star recipient, the memoir recounts his struggles in the aftermath of the war that included alcohol and drug and the salvation he discovered in poetry.

Weigl has published translations of Vietnamese and Romanian poetry, and has also edited or co-edited several anthologies of war poetry. He has won numerous awards for his work, including the Robert Creeley Award, the Lannan Literary Award for Poetry, the Paterson Poetry Prize, the Poet’s Prize from the Academy of American Poets, the Cleveland Arts Prize, and two Pushcart Prizes. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Yaddo Foundation. Weigl is a Distinguished Professor of English at Lorain County Community College in Lorain, Ohio.

While in Boone, Weigl will teach a creative writing workshop for veterans and their families March 28 from 1-4 p.m. in Plemmons Student Union’s Three Top Mountain Room. Associated with Weigl’s Visiting Writers Series presentation and writing workshop will be a staged reading of “Deployed” at 5:30 p.m., also in Three Top Mountain Room. Presented by the Touring Theatre of North Carolina, “Deployed” is an hour-long compilation of poetry and prose written by veterans and their families. It depicts the experiences of seven wars: World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, First Gulf War, Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Visiting Writers Series is named in honor of Hughlene Bostian Frank (class of 1968), a past trustee and generous supporter of the university and recipient of the 2013 Appalachian Alumni Association Outstanding Service award.

The Spring 2014 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 Summer Reading Program, the University Bookstore, Belk Library and Information Commons and the Appalachian Journal. Business sponsors are The Gideon Ridge Inn and The Red Onion Cafe. Community sponsors include John and the late Margie Idol, Paul and Judy Tobin, Alice Naylor, Thomas McLaughlin and The High Country Writers.

Parking is free on campus after 5 p.m. Recommended is the parking deck on College Street, which opens at 5:30 p.m. to the public. From the parking deck follow the walkway between the chiller plant and the University Bookstore, passing the Post Office and to enter the student union on the second floor. For further parking information or a map, see http://parking.appstate.edu.

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