PRESTONSBURG — A local writer and former Floyd County Times reporter will be hosting a reading later this month at Big Sandy Community and Technical College.
The reading, by author Sheldon Lee Compton, of Virgie, will take place at the Prestonsburg Campus of Big Sandy Community and Technical College on Thursday, April 26, beginning at 4 p.m.
The reading is free and open to the public. It will take place in the art gallery, located on the first floor of the Magoffin Building. A book signing and refreshments will follow.
“I’ll be reading a few selections from my upcoming collection, ‘The Same Terrible Storm,’” said Compton, who hopes to have hard copies of his book at the reading. “This is a good thing, a chance to get the ball rolling on the reading tour.”
Compton also plans to make appearances in Lexington soon, though no dates have been set.
Compton was recently selected to serve as a judge for the Appalachian Days Writing Contest. “This was my first time judging a writing contest,” said Compton. He said winners of the contest will be announced on April 12, and he hopes to be able to attend.
Compton is the author of the forthcoming collections “The Same Terrible Storm” and “Where Alligators Sleep.” His work has also appeared in several print and online journals including BLIP (formally Mississippi Review Online), Thunderclap Magazine, Emprise Review, Keyhole Magazine, Kudzu, and the Appalachian anthology Degrees of Elevation (Bottom Dog Press, 2011).
Compton has worked as a Floyd County Times reporter on several occasions, most recently from 2008 to 2011. He has also worked as a reporter with the Appalachian News-Express and the Medical Leader, and has served as editor of the Hazard Herald and Salyersville Independent.
To learn more about Compton and his work, visit bentcountry.blogspot.com.