category: Campus News Appalachian Center announces spring events category: Campus News | January 24, 2014 (Jan. 24, 2014) – Carson-Newman University’s Appalachian Center announces its spring calendar of events. The events are free and opened to the public. “We are excited to host two celebrated authors this spring,” said Dr. Jennifer Hall, who was recently appointed director of the University’s Appalachian Center. “We welcome the public to join us for these events as we look forward to promoting the arts and culture of our Appalachian region.” The season opens Tuesday, Feb. 11, at 7 p.m., with “An Evening with Artress Bethany White.” White will read from her recent book of poetry “Fast Fat Girls in Pink Hot Pants.” A Carson-Newman associate professor of English, White has received rave reviews from her poetry collection, which has been described as “personal and universal in scope and a must-read for anyone who has made the sojourn across the Mason-Dixon Line.” The reading, along with a book signing, will be hosted at the University’s Appalachian Center. On March 6, Carson-Newman welcomes award-winning author Wayne Caldwell to Thomas Recital Hall for a reading and book signing of his two novels “Cataloochee” and “Requiem by Fire.” The Asheville, N.C., native is also the published author of four short stories and poetry. He is the 2013 recipient of the James Still Award presented by the Fellowship of Southern Writers. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. On April 23, the Center celebrates the 12th annual edition of “Ampersand,” a journal published by the University’s English Department. Made possible through the collaborative efforts of students under the direction of Associate Professor of English Dr. Susan O’Dell Underwood and Associate Professor of Art Julie Rabun, the publication celebrates student editors, authors and artists. The 4 p.m. event will be held at the Appalachian Center.