April 07, 2010
Poet, author and activist Thomas Rain Crowe to speak at Lees-McRae

Author, poet and environmental activist Thomas Rain Crowe will visit Lees-McRae College on Tuesday, April 13 and Wednesday, April 14. A native North Carolinian, Mr. Crowe was a member of the Baby Beat Generation, during which he participated in the San Francisco poetry renaissance and served as editor for Beatitude magazine before returning to North Carolina to live a sustainable lifestyle in a mountain cabin outside of Cullowhee-an experience he recounts in his book Zoro's Field: My Life in the Appalachian Woods.

The schedule of events is as follows: On Tuesday, April 13, Crowe will headline a poetry reading in Evans Auditorium in the Canon Student Center on Lees-McRae's campus. The poetry reading starts at 8 p.m. and will also include an "open mic" session following Crowe's performance. Students and community members are encouraged to attend and participate.

On Wednesday, April 14, Crowe will speak on local living and sustainable lifestyles in Appalachia, paying special attention to the importance of the local food movement. His address will begin at 3:30 p.m. in Evans Auditorium and will be followed by a light reception and book signing.

Crowe's visit is being sponsored by Lees-McRae College's Global Community Center as part of its Social Justice Series programming. All events are free and open to the general public.

Learn more about Thomas Rain Crowe's exceptional life by visiting the following link:

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