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Dr. Artress Bethany White Poetry Reading and Book Signing: Fast Fat Girls in Pink Hot Pants

When: 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM on Feb 11, 2014

Where: Appalachian Cultural Center


February 11, 7:00 p.m.


New York, Rhode Island,
Massachusetts, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, and Tennessee—these are the regions
and places that provide both content and context for Fast Fat Girls in Pink
Hot Pants. White’s poetry takes a timely look at why tradition, race, and
economics across regional lines continue to have relevance for Americans in the
twenty-first century. Her narrative journey is at once personal and universal
in scope and a must-read for anyone who has made that sojourn across the
Mason-Dixon Line.

"Fast Fat Girls In Pink Hot Pants is a collection of
poems whose haughty testimonials will light up your head with nappy wisdom and
forbidden light about race, family, rebirths, and forgiveness, and just might
help you chase away some of your own demons."

--Major Jackson, author of Hoops

"These poems... live, with flagrant finesse, in the space between those
raced (and erased) histories that have been inadequately documented and those
that must be observed, overheard, passed down and reinterpreted with attitude.
They sing as if plucked clean from several thorny, dissonant layers of...
exceptionally American delusion and a few brusque debates with critical

--Greg Tate, author of Flyboy in the Buttermilk

About the Author

Artress Bethany White earned a B.A. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, an
M.A. in creative writing from New York University, and a Ph.D. in English from
the University of Kentucky. Her poetry has appeared in Harvard Review,
Appalachian Journal, Black Renaissance Noire, and Melus as well as
other anthologies and literary journals. She is currently associate professor
of English at Carson-Newman University.

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