by Madison V. Fisler
March 25, 2014. The annual Spring Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series will continue on Thursday, March 27 at 7:30 p.m. with poet and essayist Bruce Weigl (Circle of Hanh, The Abundance of Nothing).
As a teenager, WEigl enlisted in the Army and served for one year. He was awarded the Bronze Star and entrolled in Lorain County Community College when he returned to civilian life. Weigl earned his BA at Orberlin College, his MA at the University of New Hampshire and his PhD at the University of Utah. After teaching at university for many years, he returned to Lorain Community College as the school’s first Distinguished Professor.
Weigl’s early work explores themes of horror in his experiences with war, and his more recent works deal with family and childhood. Weigl is the author of more than a dozel books of poetry, including The Abundance of Nothing, which was a finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize.
Weigl has won numerous awards for his work including the Robert Creeley Award, the Lannan Literary Award for Poetry, the Paterson Poetry Prize, the Poet’s Prize from the Academy of American Poets, the Cleveland Arts Prize and two Pushcart Prizes.
Weigl will present at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday in the Table Rock Room at Plemmons Student Union at Appalachian State University. He will also hold an Author Talk “At the Juncture of Memory and Imagination” in the Table Rock Room from 2-3:15 p.m.
Book sales and signing will follow the book talk and the reading.
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 the Appalachian Journal.
Business sponsors include 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.
The Visiting Writers Series is named in honor of Hughlene Bostian Frank (class of 1968), 2013 Appalachian Alumni Association Outstanding Service Award Recipient, past trustee and generous supporter of Appalachian State University.
For more information on the Spring Visiting Writers Series, please call 828-262-2871 or see www.visitingwriters.appstate.edu.