January 22, 2010
Appalachian Bard Doug Van Gundy presents traditional mountain music and original poetry March 4 at 7 p.m. in Evans Auditorium

If winter's onslaught has given you cabin fever, come to Lees-McRae College Thursday, March 4 for an evening of poetry and music. At 7:00 p.m. in Evans Auditorium, the Stephenson Center for Appalachia presents Appalachian bard Doug Van Gundy in a program of traditional mountain music and original poetry.

Doug Van Gundy's first book of poems, A Life Above Water, was published in 2007 by Red Hen Press, and his poems and essays have appeared in many journals including The Oxford American, Ecotone, Waccamaw, The Louisville Review and The Fretboard Journal. In 2009, his poems "Engineers" and "The Return of the Almighty" were nominated for Pushcart Prizes.A graduate of the Goddard College MFA program, Doug has been a visiting poet at Randolph Macon College, Barton College, Coastal Carolina University and Davis & Elkins College, and was recently an associate artist at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. He has been a panelist at the AWP and SAMLA conferences, and has read at various venues from coast-to-coast.

In addition to being a writer and teacher, Doug is a well-known traditional musician, playing fiddle, guitar, mandolin and banjo in the old-time duo Born Old. He teaches writing at West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buckhannon, West Virginia.

"We look forward to Doug Van Gundy's unique blend of old-time mountain music and his fresh, original poems," said Dr. Michael Joslin, director of the Stephenson Center for Appalachia at Lees-McRae College. "Our students are looking forward to the program, and we invite everyone to come by to enjoy the show."

Doug Van Gundy's performance is free and open to the public. You are invited to attend at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, March 4, in the Evans Auditorium in the Cannon Student Center of Lees-McRae College. For more information, call Meghan Wright at 898-8729.

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