Monday, September 12, 2011

Fred Chappell next in Visiting Writer Series lineup

How often do you get to hear an internationally acclaimed writer read his work the way he meant it to be read? Randolph College will provide that opportunity Wednesday in a free reading for the campus community and the general public.
Fred Chappell, former poet laureate of North Carolina, is one of six professional authors joining Randolph College’s Visiting Writer Series. This series helps students learn directly from writers who are experts in their craft.

At 8 p.m. Wednesday, Chappell will read some of his fiction work in the Alice Ashley Jack Room in the College’s Smith Memorial Hall.

“The opportunity to hear a master writer read from his work is a great treat,” said Jim Peterson, a Randolph English professor who coordinates the Visiting Writer Series. “It’s a great experience for students.”

Chappell has composed 15 books of poetry, eight novels, and several volumes of short stories and criticism. He has won numerous state, national, and international awards for his writing. In 2004, he retired from the University of North Carolina Greensboro after 40 years as an English professor.

Read more about Chappell here.

Chappell and Peterson have been acquaintances for several years, but this is the first time Chappell has come to speak at the College.

The Visiting Writer Series brings six authors to campus each year to read their work. Some also teach month-long courses on their areas of expertise.

In November, Suzanne Strempek Shea, a novelist and memoirist, will teach a class on creative writing. She will hold a public reading on November 2. Joshua Poteat, a poet, will hold a reading on November 13, and will visit creative writing classes, too.

The spring Visiting Writer Series is still being formed, Peterson said.