July 22, 2010
Stephenson Center for Appalachia presents program of music and poetry by Douglas Van Gundy July 28

To enjoy an evening of Appalachian music and poetry, come to Lees-McRae College on Wednesday, July 28. At 7:00 p.m. in Evans Auditorium, the Stephenson Center for Appalachia presents Appalachian bard Douglas Van Gundy to entertain with his unique blend of traditional mountain music and his original poetry.

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 an associate artist at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. He currently teaches writing at West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buckhannon, West Virginia.

In addition to being an accomplished poet and teacher, Van Gundy is a well-known traditional musician, playing fiddle, guitar, mandolin and banjo in the old-time duo Born Old. He covers the gamut of mountain music, from early folk ballads to contemporary country tunes, such as his own "Hank Williams, Jack Daniels and Chef Boyardee," an hilarious parody of country-western music.

"We look forward to Doug Van Gundy's unique blend of traditional and contemporary mountain music and his fresh, original poems," said Dr. Michael Joslin, director of the Stephenson Center for Appalachia at Lees-McRae College. "The Lees-McRae community is 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., Wednesday, July 28, 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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