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A.K. Benninghofen, Lockie Hunter and Beth Keefauver will offer a free reading at the next installment of the Writers at Home series, presented by UNC Asheville’s Great Smokies Writing Program (GSWP), at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 19, at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café, 55 Haywood Street in Asheville. This monthly series of free readings is hosted by GSWP director and novelist Tommy Hays.See More
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Reading by Poet Bianca Spriggs at Three Top Room, Plemmons Student Union, App State University

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A reading by poet, multi-genre artist, and core member of the Affrilachian Poets Bianca Spriggs in the Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series at Appalachian State. Spriggs will also present a craft talk from 12:30-1:45 in the Price Lake Room of the Plemmons Student Union. Free admission.For more info, see the press release http://www.news.appstate.edu/2017/03/06/bianca-spriggs/Parking info is at parking.appstate.edu.…See More
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R.T. Smith--Rachel-Rivers Coffey Distinguished Professor in Creative Writing at App State

R.T. Smith, poet, story-writer, and founder of Cold Mountain Review, honored with App State role

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BOONE—Writer R.T. (Rod) Smith has been named the 2015-16 Rachel Rivers-Coffey Distinguished Professor in Creative Writing at Appalachian State University. Smith will lead an eight-week colloquium during fall semester for students in Appalachian’s creative writing program.

 

Smith currently is writer-in-residence in the Department of English at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia. A frequent guest of the university’s Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series, Smith earned a master’s degree from Appalachian in 1976.

 

“My professors were not reluctant to point out where I might improve, where I needed to be more precise or support my argument with more evidence,” he said of his time as a student in Boone.

 

“They didn’t settle for less than the rewritten, reworked, revised and re-imagined sentence.  They set high standards as both thinkers and rhetoricians, and taught me to stretch my boundaries and make room for writers I didn’t yet understand or like,” he said.

 

While at Appalachian, Smith founded the journal Cold Mountain Review but credits alumnus Donald Secrest who provided “encouragement and then the assistance” and “quickly assumed a formal role with the journal.”

 

“R.T. Smith has a rich past with Appalachian. He’s actually a bit of a legend in the English department; and, truly, his name has become synonymous with creative writing on this campus,” said Joseph Bathanti, a professor of creative writing in Appalachian’s Department of English and director of the Rivers-Coffey Professorship. Bathanti also directs of the Writing in the Field program and is writer-in-residence in the university’s Watauga Residential College.

 

“In 1972, R.T. founded Cold Mountain Review, which started out essentially as a venue for student work. Over time, CMR has positioned itself among the most prestigious literary journals in the nation. Since his years here, R.T. has gone on to become a writer and editor of singular renown. We could not be happier at his homecoming as this year’s Rachel Rivers-Coffey Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing.”

 

In addition to teaching, Smith will speak at the visiting writers series fall event Sept. 24.

 

Smith taught at Auburn University for 19 years and was coeditor of the Southern Humanities Review. He has edited Shenandoah: The Washington and Lee University Review since 1995 and was named writer-in-residence at Washington and Lee in 2009, where he also teaches courses on fiction writing and literature.

 

He is the author of the poetry collections “The Red Wolf: A Dream of Flannery O’Connor,” “In the Night Orchard: New & Selected Poems,” “Outlaw Style: Poems” and “The Hollow Log Lounge.” His short story collections include “Uke River Delivers,” “The Calaboose Epistles: Stories,” “Sherburne,” and others.

 

Smith has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Virginia Commission for the Arts and has won the Cohen Prize from Ploughshares and a Pushcart Prize. He won the 2013 Carole Weinstein Prize in Poetry. His poetry has been published in “Best American Poetry” and his stories have appeared in “Best American Mystery Stories,” “The Pushcart Prize Anthology,” “New Stories from the South” and “Best American Short Stories.”

                                                              

About the Rachel Rivers-Coffey Distinguished Professorship in Creative Writing

Honoring the late newspaperwoman and writer Rachel Rivers-Coffey, the Rachel Rivers-Coffey Distinguished Professorship in Creative Writing annually sponsors the residency of a writer of national prominence. The position rotates among various distinguished authors of all creative genres. Distinguished professors teach a creative writing seminar, conduct community outreach and other off-campus activities, and are featured annually in the Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series.

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