Visiting Writers program receives grant to host events this fall

The College of Liberal Arts has announced that the A. E. Stringer Visiting Writers Series program has been awarded a grant from the West Virginia Humanities Council to host two accomplished authors in the fall.

Authors Glenn Shaheen and Eric Lemay will be visiting classes Oct. 6 and 7 for craft talks and workshops. On the evening of Oct. 6, they will present their work at an event open to the public. Shaheen is a poet and author of “Predatory,” which won the Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize from the University of Pittsburgh Press. Lemay is an essayist and poet whose most recent works are “In Praise of Nothing” and “Immortal Milk: Adventures in Cheese.”

“This grant from the West Virginia Humanities Council makes it possible for us to bring award-winning writers to our campus and community,” said Dr. Robert Bookwalter, interim dean of the College of Liberal Arts. “We are grateful to the council for their support of the Visiting Writers Series program.”

Art Stringer,now retired from the Department of English,founded the Visiting Writers Series in 1989. Since then,the program has brought over a hundred talented writers of all genres to the Huntington campus.The visiting authors give free public readings while contributing to class discussions, signing copies of their publications, and conducting creative workshops for students.

Bookwalter said, “This is a great opportunity for students to learn about careers as working authors and for the public to meet and enjoy the work of creative young artists from all over the country.”