Tuesday, February 21, 7 p.m. Public Reading & Performance, followed by Reception, Carrick Theater of the Mitchell Fine Arts Center
Mandolin player, Ryan Blevins, of the Virginia bluegrass group No Speed Limit, will accompany Morgan as part of the event.
The event is free and open to the public.
C.E. Morgan's first novel, All the Living, appeared in 2009 and was a finalist for the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award for a distinguished book of fiction. Published by Farrar Straus & Giroux, All the Living received outstanding reviews and the New York Times Book Review named it an Editor's Choice. Morgan also received recognition as one of the National Book Foundation's "5 Best Writers under 35" and, in 2010, The New Yorker published her story "Twins" in a fiction edition titled "20 under 40" and devoted to the work of twenty important and emerging writers under the age of forty. The volume also included stories by Tea Obreht, ZZ Packer, and Gary Shteyngart among others.
Morgan studied English and voice at Berea College and holds a master's in theological studies from Harvard Divinity School. She lives in Kentucky.
Appalachian Heritage (Spring 2010) published in an interview with C.E. Morgan, in which she commented on the landscape description in her fiction: "The land is imperiled; we know that. Land is always imperiled wherever the human puts his foot. The attention paid to landscape in a narrative is, I believe, attention that’s paid to land itself, not just to marks on a page. Deep appreciation can result from an engagement with that kind of beauty, and that can manifest in action. That is how it might be seen as a political act to do this kind of writing (particularly about a region, such as this one, that is continuously being ravaged by corporations that consumers unwittingly feed)."
Wednesday, February 22, tba. Meeting with students, Conference Room A
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