January 26, 2009
Poet, novelist and biographer Robert Morgan at Lees-McRae February 5

Distinguished poet, novelist, and biographer Robert Morgan will present a program on his latest project, Boone: A Biography at Lees-McRae College on Thursday, February 5 at 7:00 p.m. in Evans Auditorium.

Morgan, a native of Hendersonville, North Carolina, grew up on his family's farm, and graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with a B. A. in English, then received his Master of Fine Arts degree from UNC-Greensboro. Since 1971 he has taught at Cornell University where he is the Kappa Alpha Professor of English.

He published his first volume of poetry, Zirconia Poems, in 1969. Since that time his poetry, novels and short stories have won such awards as the James G. Hanes Poetry Prize, the North Carolina Literature Award, The Southern Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction and the Appalachian Writers Association Book of the Year. Oprah Winfrey selected his novel Gap Creek for her Oprah Book Club, and the book was a New York Times bestseller.

Morgan's biography of Daniel Boone has been acclaimed as one of the most important books about American history and culture to be published in recent years. Richard Bausch, author of Wives and Lovers says: "Wow. Boone is a pleasure. I wish more first-rate novelist-poets wrote biography. Robert Morgan has given us the man himself, so much more interesting and impressive than all the myths about him."
Lees-McRae's Stephenson Center for Appalachia invites the public to participate in this special event. The evening will begin with a reception at 5:30 in the King-Shivell Lounge in the Cannon Student Center.

"We are privileged to have such a distinguished figure in Appalachian Letters as Robert Morgan visit our campus and community," says Dr. Michael Joslin, Director of the Stephenson Center for Appalachia. "His poetry and fiction have celebrated Appalachia over the years, and his biography of Boone illuminates this archetypal figure not just of our region, but of the nation. Robert Morgan is an entertaining speaker who exactly fits Lees-McRae's motto: 'in the mountains, of the mountains and for the mountains'."

Everyone is invited to attend the reception and the program. For more information contact Meghan Wright, director of public relations at Lees-McRae College, at (828) 898-8729.

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