BOONE—During her career as a book review writer and editor, Dannye Romine Powell has interviewed some of the South’s most notable literary talents: James Dickey, Eudora Welty, Shelby Foote, Reynolds Price and Lee Smith to name a few.
Powell will talk about her work and her poetry March 31 during a Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series presentation at Appalachian State University.
Powell will present the craft talk “The Art and Craftiness of the Literary Interview” at 3:30 p.m. in Plemmons Student Union’s Table Rock Room. Her reading will follow at 7:30 p.m., also in Table Rock Room. Book sales and signings will follow her reading.
Powell’s collected interviews appear in her book “Parting the Curtains: Interviews with Southern Writers” published by John Blair in 1995. Her first poetry collection “At Every Wedding Someone Stays Home” won the Miller Williams First Book Award at the University of Arkansas Press. Her next two collections, “The Ecstasy of Regret” and “A Necklace of Bees,” were also published by Arkansas and received the Brockman-Campbell Award for the best book of poetry published by a North Carolinian Her fourth collection, “Nobody Calls Me Darling Anymore,” is forthcoming from Press 53.
Her visit to campus is part of the annual Juanita Tobin Memorial Reading. Tobin, who lived in Blowing Rock, was a member of the High Country Writers Club and a mentor to area writers.
In addition to her book awards, Powell has won poetry fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the N.C. Arts Council. Powell served as final judge for Appalachian’s 2015-16 John Foster West and Marian Coe Creative Writing Awards.
About the Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series
The visiting writers series is named in honor of Hughlene Bostian Frank (class of 1968). Frank is a member of the Appalachian State University Foundation Board, a 2013 Appalachian Alumni Association Outstanding Service award recipient, past member of Appalachian’s Board of Trustees and generous supporter of the university.
The 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 Office of Multicultural Student Development, the university’s Common Reading Program, the University Bookstore, Belk Library and Information Commons and the Appalachian Journal.
Business sponsors are The Gideon Ridge Inn, the New Public House & Hotel and The Red Onion Restaurant. Community sponsors include John and the late Margie Idol, Paul and Judy Tobin, Alice Naylor and Thomas McLaughlin.
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 parking information or a map, see http://parking.appstate.edu or call the Parking and Traffic Office 828- 262-2878.
For further information on the spring season, call 828-262-2871 or see http://visitingwriters.appstate.edu. To receive Appalachian’s “This Week in the Arts” announcements by email, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Appalachian State University
As the premier public undergraduate institution in the state of North Carolina, Appalachian State University prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The Appalachian Experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and to embrace diversity and difference. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Appalachian is one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina System. Appalachian enrolls more than 19,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.
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