The English and Fine Arts Division is happy to announce that on March 16, 2018, the college is celebrating the twenty-fifth anniversary of its annual Arts and Humanities Speakers’ Forum. The event will be held in the Tom Bevill Lyceum from 9 AM-6 PM. Six authors who have participated in this event over the past twenty-five years are returning to offer insight into their writing process, read excerpts from their works, and take part in question and answer sessions with the audience. The forum will also include two panel discussions--one panel that will address Appalachian literature and a second that will focus on “The Rough South” or “Grit Lit.” The event is open to faculty, staff, and students of NACC as well as the general public at no cost.
The authors discussing Appalachian literature are Darnell Arnoult (2011), Silas House (2010), and Mark Powell (2017). After reading excerpts of their works, the panel will discuss Appalachian literature as a genre, its past, its present, and its future. The audience will be encouraged to participate in a Q&A. The second panel will focus on “Grit Lit” and will begin with readings which will be followed with the panel discussion. Panelists for this session will be Tom Franklin (2013), Michael Knight (2008), and George Singleton (2016). Following the panels, participants will be invited to stay for a reception and book signing at which time they will have the opportunity to talk with the authors. The College’s English honor society, Sigma Kappa Delta, will have copies of books by all of the authors for sale.
Joan Reeves, Chair of the English and Fine Arts Division, noted, “Dr. Campbell, president of Northeast Alabama Community College, showed great vision when he created this forum in 1993, and because of this, we are very fortunate to have been able to have brought such exemplary Southern writers to NACC over the last twenty-five years.” The celebration on March 16 is an event that Ray Wittenberg with Oxford American magazine has called “literarily significant.”
For more information, contact Joan Reeves at 256-638-4418 or 256-228-6001, ext. 2231, or by email firstname.lastname@example.org .
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