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Writers series’ final lecture set for Wednesday

The Parthenon

Published: Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Updated: Tuesday, November 13, 2012 00:11

The final installment of the A.E. Stringer Visiting Writers Series is set for Wednesday at 8 p.m. in the Birke Art Gallery in Smith Hall. Neil Carpathios, author of three full-length poetry collections, and Crystal Good, activist in the “Affrilachian” (African-American Appalachian) poetry movement, will have a public reading and book signing.

“For this lecture, both speakers are Appalachian poets,” Rachael Peckham, assistant English professor in the creative writing program and coordinator of the Visiting Writers Series, said. “This event was designed to represent the good writing that is happening in this area.”

Carpathios also writes for the “Let’s Talk Poetry” column in The Portsmouth Daily Times, which focuses on highlighting the works of local poets. He is currently a professor and coordinator of the creative writing program at Shawnee State University. Crystal Good’s poems focus on the culture in the Appalachian area, as well as issues unique to the area, such as mountaintop removal. She now serves as the Director of Brand Experience of Mythology LLC.

“They bring such different sets of professional experience to their work,” Peckham said. “The hope is that students see firsthand the power in writing about experiences and issues that are unique to these times and places.”

Peckham said Carpathios and Good will also be meeting with students at 4 p.m. on Wednesday during a casual coffee hour so students can have some time to speak with the guests. She said all students are welcome to attend.  
“It’s one thing to be assigned some readings, but it’s another thing to meet a writer who is doing this work right now and who is finding success with it,” Peckham said. “You never know what doors will open for a student so that is why we have been trying to put students in more contact with the writers.”

This is the third and final lecture for the Visiting Writers Series for the fall semester. The series will pick up again in the spring.  
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