Fred Chappell

Author of I Am One of You Forever: A Novel

Includes the names: Fred Chapelle, FRED. CHAPPEL

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Fred Chappell & Dana Wildsmith Reading
City Lights Bookstore, Friday, November 21 at 6:30pm
Former NC Poet Laureate Fred Chappell and poet Dana Wildsmith will offer a joint reading on Friday, November 21st at 6:30 p.m. at City Lights Bookstore. Chappell will present his new poetry collection, Familiars, a salute to literary cats including cats that have appeared in his own work. Fred Chappell is an award-winning author of twenty-six books of poetry, fiction, and critical commentary. His most recent collection was Shadow Box. A native of Canton in the mountains of western North Carolina, he taught at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro from 1964 to 2004 and was the Poet Laureate of North Carolina from 1997 to 2002. He and his wife, Susan, live in Greensboro. Dana Wildsmith will share poems from her book, Christmas in Bethlehem. This collection brings the reader back once more to Wildsmith’s family farm in Bethlehem, Georgia, a farm introduced through Wildsmith’s earlier poetry collection, One Good Hand, and her environmental memoir, Back to Abnormal. Wildsmith is the author of four collections of poetry and a novel. She teaches English Literacy through Lanier Technical College. For more information or to reserve copies please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.

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Growing up in the North Carolina mountains near Asheville, writer Fred Chappell, working to find his own literary voice, resisted association with the area’s literary legend, Thomas Wolfe. Wolfe, he said, had achieved the “status of folklore.” However, on October 6, Chappell graciously accepted the 2005 Thomas Wolfe Prize, which honors his impressive body of work, including seventeen collections of poetry, eight novels, two books of short fiction, two books of essays, and a multi-genre reader. Following the presentation, Chappell delivered the annual Thomas Wolfe Lecture to an appreciative capacity crowd in the Morehead Banquet Hall on campus. His remarks were characterized by his trademark rich prose, which distills folksiness, intellectualism, humor, and piercing insights into language and observations that delight and startle.

Chappell is the first native North Carolinian to receive the award that honors UNC’s most famous literary alumnus Thomas Wolfe (1920), author of Look Homeward, Angel. Chappell’s works include his masterpiece Midquest (1984), a four-book verse novel, and the tetralogy of Kirkman novels from I Am One of Your Forever (1985) through Look Back All the Green Valley (1999). Besides teaching writing and literature at UNC-Greensboro from 1964 to 2004, Chappell served as state Poet Laureate from 1997-2002.
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