Lenoir-Rhyne University's Visiting Writers Series will complete its 29th season with English author, editor, and professor, Terry Gifford, in Belk Centrum on Thursday, April 19, from 7 – 8 p.m.
Gifford has written a wide array of works, from poetry to criticism. He has also taught at many universities in the United Kingdom, including the University of Leeds, University of Sheffield, and University of Chichester. Gifford currently serves as a visiting scholar at the Centre for Writing and the Environment at Bath Spa University in the U.K., and a senior research fellow and profesor honorifico at Universidad de Alicante in Spain.
Many of Gifford's works are characterized by a focus on the connection of literature and the environment. His critical works include, "Green Voices: Understanding Contemporary Nature Poetry," "Reconnecting with John Muir: Essays in Post-Pastoral Practice," and "Teaching A Level English Literature: A Student Centred Approach." He has written or co-written eight books of poetry, including "Ten Letters to John Muir" and "The Unreliable Mushrooms: New and Selected Poems," and his editorial work includes the books "The Cambridge Companion to Ted Hughes and Culture" and "Creativity and Environment: New Environmentalist Criticism" (co-edited with Fiona Becket). Gifford's latest works, "Pastoral" and "A Feast of Fools," are due out this year.
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.
Sponsors of the 2017-18 VWS include: Footcandle Film Society, Hickory Public Library, N.C. Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts, Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Our State, Crowne Plaza Hickory, United Arts Council of Catawba County, and WFAE 90.7.