November 17, 2008
Stephenson Center for Appalachia at Lees-McRae presents poetry by Dr. Don Johnson Nov. 24

The John B. Stephenson Center for Appalachia at Lees-McRae College presents a poetry reading by Dr. Don Johnson, professor of English at East Tennessee State University on Monday, Nov. 24 at 7 p.m. in Evans Auditorium in the Cannon Student Center.

A widely respected poet, Johnson is the author of two books of poems, The Importance of Visible Scars and Watauga Drawdown, and he has published over 100 poems in journals and magazines and edited a collection of contemporary baseball poems, entitled Hummers, Knucklers, and Slow Curves. A collection of his poetry will be published shortly. He is also the poetry editor of Aethlon: The Journal of Sport Literature. In addition he has published fiction, a short story, "Awake in Waikiki," which appeared in Louisiana Literature, and is working on a novel set in Southern Appalachia.

"We are privileged to have Don Johnson visit our campus," said Dr. Michael Joslin, director of the Stephenson Center for Appalachia. "His readings both entertain and explore subjects meaningful for students and a general audience. His work provokes thought, laughter, and occasionally tears."

Lees-McRae College invites everyone to attend the reading. For information contact Meghan Wright, associate director of communications at (828) 898-8729 or

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