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Writers’ Forum has Hall of Fame feel

Richard Blanco, Ted Wojtasik and Ron Bayes

Laurinburg, NC - The 46th year of the St. Andrews University Writers’ Forum begins with a fall semester schedule including four North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame inductees.

The readings, held Thursday evenings beginning at 8 p.m. in the Ronald H. Bayes Writers’ Forum Lounge in Orange Residence Hall on the University campus unless otherwise noted, also include appearances by the fifth Presidential Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco and former North Carolina Poet Laureate Joseph Bathanti.

Blanco will open the year with the first ever Skype reading, to be held in DeTamble Library on Sept. 11. A professional civil engineer, Blanco has also taught writing at various schools including Central Connecticut State University, Georgetown University and American University. His collections of poetry include Looking for The Gulf Motel, Directions to The Beach of the Dead, and City of a Hundred Fires. He has received two Florida Artist Fellowships, a Residency Fellowship form the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the John Ciardi Fellowship from the Bread Loaf Writers Conference.

Sept. 19 will be the first of three Open Mics scheduled during the fall semester. Individuals interested in sharing their poetry, prose or music are invited to sign up the night of the reading with student host Ryan Perez. Presentations are limited to between five and seven minutes to allow for all readers to have an opportunity to share. Additional Open Mics will take place on Oct. 23 and Nov. 13.

Bathanti takes the podium Sept. 25. The former Poet Laureate of North Carolina, Bathanti has authored six books of poetry, two novels and a collection of short stories. He has received two Literature Fellowships from the North Carolina Arts Council, one for poetry and one for fiction. Among his awards are the Sam Ragan Fine Arts Award, the Linda Flowers Prize, the Sherwood Anderson Award, the Barbara Mandigo Kelly Peace Poetry Prize, the 2011 Donald Murray Prize, the 2012 Ragan-Rubin Award, and the 2013 Mary Frances Hobson Prize among others. A Professor of Creative Writing and Writer-in-Residence of Watauga Global Community at Appalachian State University, he served as the Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet for the Western Region of the North Carolina Poetry Society in 2011-2012.

Former editor of Pembroke Magazine, Shelby Stephenson will share some of his work on Oct. 2 as the first of the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame inductees. He has published numerous collections of poetry including the 2014 collection, The Hunger of Freedom. His 2008 collection Family Matters: Homage to July, the Slave Girl, won the Bellday Poetry Prize. He also has the poetic documentary Plankhouse with photos by Roger Manley to his credit.

St. Andrews’ own Ron Bayes will be the featured reader on Oct. 16. The long-time Writer-in-Residence holds the title of Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing Emeritus. His poetry has appeared in Cold Mountain Review, Crucible, Northwest Review, Oyster Bay Review, Pembroke Magazine, Prairie Schooner, Prism International, Solo, and TriQuarterly. He has published 15 books of poetry, three critical works, two plays and seven collaborative works with visual artists. In summer 2015, St. Andrews Press will publish his sixteenth book of poetry: The Complete Poems of Ronald H. Bayes, edited by Bathanti.

Writer and activist Jaki Shelton Green will read on Oct. 30. A recipient of the North Carolina Award for Poetry in 2003, Shelton has published four books of poetry, including 2005’s Breath of the Song: New and Selected Poems. Her works have been choreographed and performed by renowned dance companies. A lifelong human services advocate she has worked with Legal Services on issue such as domestic violence and the treatment of the mentally ill. She served as the 2009 Piedmont Laureate.

Betty Adcock completes the Hall of Fame line up with her reading on Nov. 6. She has authored six poetry collections and has received two Pushcart Prizes, a Guggenheim Fellowship and the North Carolina Medal for Literature among other honors and awards. She studied and wrote poetry through early marriage, early motherhood and more than a decade working in the business world. After her first book was published, she held a teaching residency for a semester at Duke University. Additional residencies followed, culminating with an ongoing position as Writer-in-Residence at Meredith College where she taught until 2006.

For more information about the Writers' Forum, creative writing or the St. Andrews Press, call 910-277-5310, or email press@sapc.edu.

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