'Diverse Voices' Bringing Guest Authors to Concord University

For Immediate Release: 
Mar 23 2011

CONTACT: Sarah Dalton
Concord University
Office of Advancement
PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712
(304) 384-6312

'Diverse Voices' Bringing Guest Authors to Concord University

ATHENS - Concord University will host a Guest Author Series, “Diverse Voices,” during the month of April 2011.

This project is being presented by the Concord University Languages and Literature Department with financial assistance from The West Virginia Humanities Council, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

T.J. Anderson III, Ph.D., associate professor of English at Hollins University, will speak Monday, April 4 at 8 p.m. on the University’s Subway Stage. Anderson’s publications include “At Last Round Up,” “River to Cross” and “Notes to Make the Sound Come Right.”

A jazz poet, Anderson will also perform his poetry with the Concord University Jazz Band and with his own percussion accompaniment. Anderson’s appearance will be followed by an open mic.

Denise Giardina, writer-in-residence at West Virginia State University, will speak Wednesday, April 6 at 4 p.m. in the Wilkes Family Chapel at University Point. Giardina’s works include “The Unquiet Earth,” “Emily’s Ghost,” “Saints and Villains,” “Good King Henry” and “Storming Heaven.”

A reception will be held following Giardina’s presentation in the Alumni Lounge at University Point.

Novelist Zakes Mda, Ph.D. will appear at Concord as part of the series on Friday, April 29. He is scheduled to read from his work at 1 p.m. in the Alexander Fine Arts Center’s main theater.

A professor at Ohio University, Mda’s publications include “The Hill,” “Ways of Dying,” “Black Diamond,” “The Whale Caller” and “The Heart of Redness.”

All events are free and open to the public. For more information contact Dr. Katherine Arnoldi, Concord University instructor of English, at karnoldi@concord.edu or 304-384-5988.