May 18 - 21, 2017
Public Reading – Saturday, May 20
Rogow Room, Transylvania County Library
The best writing implies and evokes a sense of place, a landscape and a culture, the natural world and the people on the land. Often the more specific to one place a poem is, the more accessible it is to others in other places, crossing boundaries of gender, race, ethnicity, space, and time. The best writing also takes place in the landscape of language, where craft creates a sense of discovery. A question to explore is: what is the place of poetry in our time and in our lives?
Robert Morgan is the author of fourteen books of poetry, most recently Terroir, 2011, and a collection of new poems, Dark Energy, published in 2015. He has also published nine volumes of fiction, including Gap Creek, a New York Times bestseller. A sequel to Gap Creek, The Road From Gap Creek, was published in 2013 and received the 2014 Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award. A new novel, Chasing the North Star, was published in 2016. In addition, he is the author of three nonfiction books, Good Measure: Essays, Interviews, and Notes on Poetry; Boone: A Biography; and Lions of the West: Heroes and Villains of the Westward Expansion, 2011. He has been awarded the James G. Hanes Poetry Prize by the Fellowship of Southern Writers, and the Academy Award in Literature by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 2013 he received the History Award Medal from the DAR. His first play “Homemade Yankees” was awarded the East Tennessee Civil War Alliance John Cullum Drama Prize. Recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller foundations, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New York State Arts Council, and an O. Henry short story award, he has served as visiting writer at Davidson College, Furman, Duke, Appalachian State, and East Carolina universities. A member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers, he was inducted into the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame in 2010. Born in Hendersonville, North Carolina in 1944, he has taught since 1971 at Cornell University, where he is Kappa Alpha Professor of English.