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“An Evening with Jeff Daniel Marion” on Sept. 8 is the first of several events this fall sponsored by Carson-Newman University’s Appalachian Cultural Center (photo by Doug Berryhill).

(Aug. 28, 2014)— Carson-Newman University’s Appalachian Cultural Center has announced its fall schedule of events. All events are free and open to the public.

The Center will launch the season with “An Evening with Jeff Daniel Marion” on Monday, Sept. 8. The event will be held in the University’s Thomas Recital Hall located in Tarr Music Center at 7 p.m.

An author of nine published poetry collections, four poetry chapbooks, and a children’s book, “Hello, Crow,” Marion taught English and creative writing at Carson-Newman for more than 35 years until his retirement in 2002. The Rogersville native was poet-in-residence, director of the Appalachian Center, and editor of Mossy Creek Reader.

“The Appalachian Cultural Center is beyond thrilled to welcome Danny home,” said Dr. Jennifer Hall, director of the Center. “Danny’s poetry connects to us in beautiful and profound ways. In the midst of our overly busy lives, his poems bring us back to profoundly simple, eternal truths.”

A book signing will follow the evening’s reading.

Other fall events include:

October 24
Joe Survant, Sixth Annual Henrietta Jenkins Memorial Homecoming Poetry Reading
4 p.m., Appalachian Culture Center

Poet laureate of Kentucky from 2002-2004, Joe Survant is the author of five collections of poetry and the recipient of such awards as the Arkansas Poetry Prize, the State Street Press Award, and the Frankfort Arts Chapbook Award.

November 18
A Sense of Place in Appalachia
4 p.m., Appalachian Cultural Center

Carson-Newman international students will share poetry and readings in their native languages and discuss their “sense of place” as current residents in Appalachia.

December 1
An Evening with Mary Bozeman Hodges
7 p.m., Appalachian Cultural Center

Known for her keen humor and witty insights, Mary Bozeman Hodges is the author of celebrated short story collections “Tough Customers” and “Plastic Santa and Other Stories.” Her writing has been included in journals such as “Appalachian Heritage” and “Journal of Kentucky Studies.”

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