OP20 A Literary Field Guide to Southern Appalachia Poetry Reading with Rose McLarney

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Sunday December 6

3:30 PM  –  5:00 PM


A Literary Field Guide to Southern Appalachia Poetry Reading
with Rose McLarney and Contributing Poets, UGA Press

Instructor: Rose McLarney

ONLINE Sunday, December 6; 3:30 to 5 p.m.

Free | Suggested donation $15


A Literary Field Guide to Southern Appalachia—a new combined literary and natural history anthology—is a guide to getting to know species of Southern Appalachia, and to understanding the place in broader, poetic senses as well. The book combines natural history information, original art, and poems commissioned from the writers who make up another Southern Appalachian wealth, as great, perhaps, as its biodiversity—its rich literary community. This special program, moderated by Poet Rose McLarney (editor of the project), features readings by a diverse group of poets who composed original work for the field guide and conversation about how the natural world inspires and informs their craft.

Rose McLarney’s collections of poems are Forage, and Its Day Being Gone, winner of the National Poetry Series, both from Penguin Books, as well as The Always Broken Plates of Mountains, published by Four Way Books. A Literary Field Guide to Southern Appalachia, which she coedited, is forthcoming from University of Georgia Press. Rose has been awarded fellowships by the MacDowell Colony, Bread Loaf and Sewanee Writers’ Conferences; served as Dartmouth Poet in Residence at the Frost Place; and has received other prizes such as the Chaffin Award for Achievement in Appalachian Writing and the Fellowship of Southern Writers’ New Writing Award for Poetry. Currently, she is Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Auburn University and Co-Editor in Chief and Poetry Editor of the Southern Humanities Review.

This special program is co-sponsored with City Lights Bookstore in Sylva, N.C. In these difficult times, we are working to support not only our wider community online but our local community as well. If you plan to purchase a copy of the book, consider ordering online from our wonderful western North Carolina independent bookstores City Lights Bookstore in Sylva or Malaprop's in Asheville. Biblio.com, based in Asheville, helps connect readers with used, rare and out-of-print books from independent booksellers the world over. Like all independent bookstores, now more than ever, they need our support. While some have reopened in a limited way, they've been hurt by closure and furloughing or losing knowledgeable bookselling staff due to this pandemic, but they are still open for browsing appointments, processing online orders, or curbside pickup.


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