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LR's Visiting Writers Series presents Li-Young Lee

LR's Visiting Writers Series presents Li-Young Lee
LR's Visiting Writers Series presents Li-Young Lee

Lenoir-Rhyne University's Visiting Writers Series will present Li-Young Lee, Thursday, Oct. 4, at 7 p.m. in Belk Centrum.

Lee is an award-winning poet who was born in Jakarta, Indonesia in 1957 to Chinese political exiles. Both of Lee's parents came from powerful Chinese families. Lee's great-grandfather was the first president of the Republic of China, and Lee's father had been the personal physician to Mao Zedong.

His poetry and collections have won many awards, including the Laughlin Award, and the William Carlos Williams Award. Lee has taught at several universities, including Northwestern and the University of Iowa. He won a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, received a Fellowship from the American Academy of Poets and the Guggenheim Foundation, and received an honorary doctor of Humane Letters from State University of New York at Brockport.

Influenced by the classical Chinese poets Li Bo and Tu Fu, Lee's poetry is noted for its use of silence. Though sometimes described as a supremely lyric poet, Lee's poems often use narrative and personal experience or memories to launch their investigations of the universal.

This event will be presented in partnership with Yoga with an Edge in Hickory

The VWS 30th Anniversary Season will continue with the following authors:

Oct. 25, 2018

Ken Liu

P.E. Monroe Auditorium, 7 p.m.

Nov. 8, 2018

Matthias Göritz and Aaron Coleman

P.E. Monroe Auditorium, 7 p.m.

Nov. 15, 2018

Juan Felipe Herrera

Grace Chapel, 7 p.m.

Jan. 21, 2019

Joshua Bennett – Martin Luther King Day speaker

P.E. Monroe Auditorium, 10 a.m.

Belk Centrum, 7 p.m.

Feb. 7, 2019

Armistead Maupin

P.E. Monroe, 7 p.m.

Feb. 28, 2019

Anne-Marie Fyfe & Cahal Dallat – Writers in Residence

Belk Centrum, 7 p.m.

March 7, 2019

Louise Penny

P.E. Monroe Auditorium, 7 p.m.

March 21, 2019

Kao Kalia Yang

Belk Centrum, 7 p.m.

April 4 & 6, 2019

Naomi Shihab Nye – The Little Read author

Thursday, April 4, 7 p.m.

Belk Centrum

Saturday, April 6, 12 p.m.

P.E. Monroe Auditorium

LR's VWS is supported by the United Arts Council of Catawba County through the North Carolina Arts Council, with funding from the State of North Carolina and the National Endowment for the Arts. The VWS is also supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

Sponsors of the 2018-19 VWS include: Barnes & Noble, NC Arts Council, United Arts Council of Catawba County, National Endowment for the Arts, Hickory Hop, Crowne Plaza, Café Rule, Hickory Public Library, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams and Robert Abbey Fine Lighting.

To learn more about the VWS visit lr.edu/VWS.