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Robert Morgan and James Applewhite

Celebrating National Poetry Month with a Reading and Booksigning Event

Sunday, April 24, 4:00 p.m. at the Fountain Public Library

Sunday's poetry reading will bring together two old friends from small towns at opposite ends of the state. James Applewhite, born in Stantonsburg in 1935, is the author of 10 books of poetry. He is a professor at Duke University.

Applewhite's father operated a gas station in Stantonsburg, his grandfather owned a general store, and his great-grandfather maintained a farm there. Many of his poems reflect those roots: his recollections of a mule-driven economy, his family's first washing machine, and the transition from the Jim Crow South into modern times.

Robert Morgan is originally from Zirconia, near Hendersonville. He is the author of more than 20 volumes of fiction and poetry, including the best-selling novel Gap Creek, which was an Oprah Book Club selection. Among his many honors are a Guggenheim Fellowship, four separate National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, the James G. Hanes Poetry Prize, and the North Carolina Award in Literature. He is currently the Distinguished Whichard Chair in Humanities at ECU, where he teaches a graduate course in fiction writing.

The April 24 poetry reading will be at the Fountain Public Library, five doors down from R.A. Fountain, which will be closed from 2 to 5 for a private recital.

The reading is at 4 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

For futher information, phone 252-749-3228.