HCTC to host ‘An Evening with Poets’


Staff Report



HAZARD – “An Evening with Poets” will be held on Thursday, April 28 at HCTC in the Stephens Library on the Hazard Campus. Admission is free and the event begins at 6:30 p.m. This event will be highlighted by the unveiling of the 2016 edition of Kudzu, the college’s literary book. Those published in the book will read their work.

This year’s issue celebrates Women of Appalachia and the featured readers include Marie Manilla, Darnell Arnoult, Shawna Kay Rodenberg, Carrie Mullins, and Marianne Worthington.

West Virginia native Marie Manilla delights in exploding Appalachian stereotypes in her fiction. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, her novel, The Patron Saint of Ugly, won the Weatherford Award. Shrapnel received the Fred Bonnie Award for Best First Novel. Stories in her collection, Still Life with Plums, originally appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Mississippi Review, Prairie Schooner, and other journals. Marie teaches in the Low-Residency MFA Program at WV Wesleyan College. She lives in Huntington, W.Va., her hometown.

Darnell Arnoult is Writer-in-Residence at Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee and author of the novel Sufficient Grace, the collection What Travels With Us: Poems, winner of the Weatherford Award and named SIBA Poetry Book of the Year, and her latest collection Galaxie Wagon: Poems. Her shorter works have been published in journals including Southern Cultures, Southwest Review, Asheville Poetry Review, and anthologies such as Appalachia Now: Short Stories of Contemporary Appalachia and Southern Poetry Anthology VI: Tennessee. She is co-editor of Drafthorse: A Literary Journal of Work and No Work and co-director of the LMU Mountain Heritage Literary Festival and Appalachian Young Writers Workshop. She lives in Cumberland Gap, Tennessee with her husband, metal artist William Brock.

Shawna Kay Rodenberg holds her Master of Fine Arts degree from the Bennington Writing Seminars. She works as an English Instructor at Big Sandy Community and Technical College in Eastern Kentucky. She is also the founder and host of Slant, a monthly poetry reading in Evansville, Indiana. Her work has appeared in New Millennium Writings, Structo, drafthorse, Free State Review, Crab Creek Review, Kudzu, and The USI 50th Anniversary Anthology. She is a mother of five (two in college) and she lives on a dairy goat farm in southern Indiana.

The public is invited and refreshments will be served.

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