Appalachian women writers visting campus to discuss role Appalachia has played in their writing

Authors reading from their works, visiting with students | March 1, 2007

Christina Fisanick, director for the writing program and assistant professor of English, is hosting a series of events showcasing the work of Appalachian women writers.

Over the next few months, three writers are visiting with students and focusing on the role that Appalachia has played in their writing. The authors will also read from their works. The readings are being held at 6:00 p.m. A reception follows each reading. All the readings are free and open to the public.

The readings are:

  • Wednesday, March 21: Fiction writer Bonnie Proudfoot in the Honors Villa
  • Friday, April 20: Poetry writer Pauletta Hansel in the Surkamp Center
“By attending these readings, participants will get to hear the sounds of Appalachian,” says Fisanick. “These writers represent diverse regions and attitudes within Appalachian and will help participants gain a broader perspective of Appalachian culture, Appalachian women, and Appalachian writing.”

English department courses, including the Appalachian Women Writers class, are designed to develop writing skills, a critical and historical understanding of the English language and its literature, and a knowledge of current theories of literature, language, and humanistic interpretation.

The series is made possible by a 2007 Wheeler Award for Curricular Development.