Former Poet Laureate Fred Chappell to speak Aug. 24

By Blue Ridge Books | Aug 19, 2014

Former North Carolina Poet Laureate Fred Chappell will read from his newest book, “Familiars: Poems,” at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 24, at Blue Ridge Books, located at 152 S. Main St., Waynesville.

A Canton native, novelist, poet and professor, Chappell earned his graduate and undergraduate degrees at Duke University and taught in the English department at UNC Greensboro for 40 years from 1964 to 2004.  He served as the N.C. Poet Laureate from 1997 until 2002.

Chappell is the author of more than two dozen books of poetry, fiction and literary criticism. His work has been translated into many languages, including Finnish, Arabic, Hindi, Chinese and Farsi.

Among the awards and honors Chappell has received over his long career are the Sir Walter Raleigh Prize, 1973; the N.C. Award for Literature, 1980; Yale University Library's Bollingen Prize in poetry, 1985; a literature award from the National Academy of Arts and Letters, 1968; the best foreign book prize from the Academie Française, 1972; and the Aiken Taylor Award in poetry, 1996. He was inducted into the N.C. Literary Hall of Fame in 2006, and in 2010 he received the John Tyler Caldwell Award from the N.C. Humanities Council for his contribution as a writer and an educator.

This event is free and open to the public, however, seating is limited. A ticket for two reserved seats is available with advanced purchase of Chappell's new book.

Call 456-6000 for information.