West Virginia Author Tells Why he is a Story-Teller

For Immediate Release: 
Mar 06 2000

West Virginia Author Tells Why he is a Story-Teller

Athens, W.Va. - Concord College will present the 5th annual Louise McNeill Pease Memorial Lecture featuring Pinckney Benedict on Thursday, April 6, at 7:00 p.m., in the Paul Theatre of the Alexander Fine Arts Center, according to Professor of English, John Baker. The lecture is free to the public.

"Pinckney Benedict is an award-winning fiction writer, and West Virginia native," stated Dr. Baker. "He has written three books, and we are very fortunate to have him as a speaker here at Concord." Benedict is an associate professor of English at Hollins University, in Roanoke, Virginia. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University, where he studied creative writing with Joyce Carol Oates, and holds a master’s degree from the University of Iowa. His first collection of stories, Town Smokes, was published in 1987. Dogs of God, published in 1995, was his first novel. Several top newspapers, including the Chicago Tribune, and the Philadelphia Inquirer gave Pinckney Benedict’s works rave reviews.

In an interview with amazon.com, the author stated that, "I've always liked to tell stories, usually stories that were exaggerated, bigger than life. As I grew older, I saw that the stories that moved me most were contained in books, and so I began to write, in emulation of books and stories that I had loved." 


A workshop will be held the following day, Friday, April 7, at 2:00 p.m., in Marsh Hall, Room 320, and is open to the public.

For more information about either the lecture or the workshop, please call the Concord College box office at 1-304-384-3503.


Concord College Notes: Dr. Louise McNeill Pease was born in 1911 on a Pocahontas County farm which had been in her family since 1769. She was a 1936 Concord graduate and later served the College as a member of the English faculty. She was appointed Poet Laureate of the State of West Virginia in 1979, and held the position until her death in 1993.

Books written by Pease include: Mountain White, Gauley Mountain, Elderberry Flood, Time Is Our House, From a Dark Mountain, Paradox Hill, From Appalachian to Lunar Shore, The Great Kanawha River in the Old South, Hill Daughter, and her memoir, Milkweed Ladies.