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LRU's Visiting Writers Series presents Poet Laureate of Alabama
LRU's Visiting Writers Series presents Poet Laureate of Alabama

Lenoir-Rhyne University's Visiting Writers Series (VWS) will present Poet Laureate of Alabama, Jennifer Horne, on Thursday, Jan. 18 from 7 to 8 p.m. in Belk Centrum.

Horne is a writer, editor, and teacher, and was named the twelfth Poet Laureate of Alabama in July of 2017. She is serving as the University's writer in residence, and is teaching a poetry workshop on campus during the spring 2018 semester. Horne is the author of two collections of poetry, Little Wanderer (2016) and Bottle Tree (2010), two poetry chapbooks, Miss Betty's School of Dance and Tineretului, as well as a collection of short stories, Tell the World You're a Wildflower. Her short story, "The Other Shoe" was published in The Shoe Burnin': Stories of Southern Soul and her article, "Sara Mayfield: A Woman of Her Times" was published by the Alabama Heritage Magazine in the spring of 2016. She co-edited All Out of Faith: Southern Women on Spirituality, Circling Faith: Southern Women on Spirituality, and Belles' Letters II (2017). She also edited Working the Dirt: An Anthology of Southern Poets.

"As the new Poet Laureate of Alabama, I'm looking forward to exploring the literary culture of North Carolina, and I hope to make some connections between writers in both states," Horne said. "I'm also excited about the opportunity to work with creative writing students at Lenoir-Rhyne while serving as the visiting writer in residence. The reputation of Lenoir-Rhyne as a whole, and the strength of the Visiting Writers Series in particular were a strong draw for me."

While Horne will spend time teaching at LRU during the spring semester, she will also be working on a project to revise the draft of a biography she wrote on Sara Mayfield, an Alabama woman who wrote a book about Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald, her childhood friend in Montgomery.

"Mayfield was at different times in her life a journalist, inventor, song-catcher, mental patient, and, perhaps, employed in military intelligence," Horne said. "I think her life story will resonate with many readers, as she strove to live a full life within the bounds of cultural expectations for southern women of her time and place."

The series will continue with the following authors:

March 21, 2018

Marie Heaney & Catherine Heaney

Belk Centrum, 7 – 8 p.m.

March 22, 2018

Zadie Smith and Nick Laird

Belk Centrum, 7 – 8 p.m.

April 14, 2018

Robert Beatty

P.E. Monroe Auditorium, 12 – 1 p.m.

April 19, 2018

Terry Gifford

Belk Centrum, 7 – 8 p.m.

The VWS has provided outstanding literary arts programming that is free and open to the public for the past 29 years. Each year, the VWS invites authors to tell the stories behind their own works in a relaxed environment before an audience filled with campus and community members. The Writers Series' mission is to build a community of readers, because it believes a community that reads is a more creative, open, and tolerant community. The VWS believes the beauty and power of words help people make sense of the world. Children's writers, mystery writers, essayists, poets, and novelists all participate in this celebration of the written and spoken word.