category: Campus News Author Kimberly L. Becker to open fall events at Appalachian Cultural Center category: Campus News | September 14, 2016 Kimberly L. Becker (Sept. 14, 2016) – Carson-Newman University’s Appalachian Cultural Center will host “An Evening with Kimberly L. Becker” on Monday, Sept. 26. Becker, who is of Cherokee, Celtic and Teutonic descent, embraces her heritage and celebrates it through her literary works. She is the author of “Words Facing East,” and “The Dividings,” both from WordTech Edition. Becker is the recipient of an Individual Artist Award in Poetry from Maryland State Arts Council. She was included among featured readers at The Florida Review’s “Native Writers in D.C.” at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian. Her work has been included in “Native American Women’s Poetry” in such journals as “Drunken Boat,” “Blackbird” and “Fulcrum.” “I write to be part of the conversation,” said Becker of her work, “to give back to the people, to honor my elders and betters, to order the disorder, to witness and lift to the light, to hear what songs I have not yet sung, to perform a ceremony over loss so trauma does not have the last word but survival.” Free and open to the public, the 7 p.m. event will be held at Carson-Newman’s Appalachian Cultural Center. Seating is limited. The Center is located on Russell Ave. on the University’s campus.