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CANCELED: Hague talks poetry, politics and the environment April 17

NOTE: The April 17 Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series presentation at Appalachian State University by poet and essayist Richard Hague has been canceled because of illness.

BOONE—Poet and essayist Richard Hague will visit Appalachian State University April 17 for the Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series.

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Hague will present the craft talk “Poetry, Politics and the Environment” at 3:30 p.m. in Plemmons Student Union’s Table Rock Room. He will read from his works beginning at 7:30 p.m., also in Table Rock Room. The events are free and open to the public. Book sales and signing will follow the evening reading.

Hague is the author of 15 books, including “Ripening,” for which he was named co-poet of the Year in Ohio in 1985, “Alive in Hard Country,” which was named Poetry Book of the Year by the Appalachian Writers Association, and “During The Recent Extinctions: New & Selected Poems 1984-2012,” which was awarded the 2013 Weatherford Award in Poetry by the Loyal Jones Appalachian Center at Berea College and the Appalachian Studies Association.

His “Milltown Natural: Essays and Stories From A Life” was nominated for a National Book Award. “Learning How: Stories, Yarns & Tales” was a Weatherford Award nominee.

Hague teaches part time at Purcell Marian High School in Cincinnati, where he has worked since 1969. He also teaches occasionally at Thomas More College in Northern Kentucky.

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