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Poet Shira Dentz visits campus Nov. 13

BOONE—Poet Shira Dentz will read from her work and present a craft talk Nov. 13 at Appalachian State University. The craft talk will begin at 2 p.m. in Plemmons Student Union’s Table Rock Room and her talk will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the union’s Rough Ridge Room. Dentz’s campus visit is sponsored by the Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series. Both events are free and open to the public.

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Dentz is a lecturer in creative writing at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. She has taught literature and creative writing to college and high school students, and worked as a graphic artist in advertising agencies and publishing firms in New York. She also has taught English as a NYC Teaching Fellow in a Brooklyn public high school and was a writer-in-residence at The New College of Florida.

A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she holds a Ph.D. in creative writing and literature from the University of Utah.

Dentz is the author of a book of poems titled “black seeds on a white dish,” and “door of thin skins”, a hybrid collection of prose, poetry and visual elements. She is also the author of two chapbooks, “Leaf Weather” and “Sisyphusina.” Her third full-length manuscript is a finalist for the National Poetry Series.

Dentz’s awards included an Academy of American Poets’ Prize, The Poetry Society of America’s Lyric Poem and Cecil Hemley Memorial Awards, Electronic Poetry Review’s Discovery Award, and Painted Bride Quarterly’s Poetry Prize.

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 Visiting Writers Series 2014-15 season 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 Restaurant. 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. The Library Parking Deck on College Street, which opens to the general public after 5:30 p.m., is recommended. To reach Plemmons Student Union, cross College Street and follow the walkway between the chiller plant and the University Bookstore, passing the University Post Office and entering Plemmons Student Union on the second floor.

For further information on the 2014-15 Visiting Writers Series season, email To receive Appalachian’s “This Week in the Arts” announcements by email, contact

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