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Randolph College Hosts Award-Winning Author Fred Chappell Sept. 14

Reading is part of College's Visiting Writer's Series

9/6/2011 9:54:32 AM


LYNCHBURG–Randolph College will host award-winning author Fred Chappell Sept. 14 at 8 p.m. in the Alice Ashley Jack Room in Smith Memorial Building. The event is part of the College’s Visiting Writer Series.

Chappell, the author of 26 books of poetry, fiction, and critical commentary, was the first Poet Laureate of North Carolina in 1997. One of his first duties as poet laureate was to write and read a poem in August 1998 when President Clinton visited the state to designate the New River as an "American Heritage River," a preservation project.

He retired from the University of North Carolina Greensboro in 2004 after 40 years as an English professor.

In 1987 he received the O. Max Gardner Award, the highest teaching award bestowed by the University of North Carolina system, and in 1988 he was named the Burlington Industries Professor of English.

Born in Canton, North Carolina and educated at Duke University, Chappell has received many awards during his career, including the Sir Walter Raleigh Prize (1973), the North Carolina Award for Literature (1980), Yale University Library's Bollingen Prize in Poetry (1985), a literature award from the National Academy of Arts and Letters (1968), the best foreign book prize from the Academie Française (1972), and the Aiken Taylor Award in poetry (1996). His works of fiction include I Am One of You Forever and Brighten The Corner Where You Are. His newest work of poetry is an innovative new collection of embedded poems, Shadow Box.

He continues to compose poetry, which he calls “the noblest secular endeavor that the human mind undertakes.”

Chappell lives in Greensboro with his wife, Susan. They have one son, Heath, a jazz musician who lives in Chicago.

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CONTACT: Brenda Edson, Director of College Relations


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