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Robert Morgan's Gap Creek Comes Full Circle at Davidson College

Robert Morgan
Robert Morgan

September 6, 2000
Contact: Bill Giduz 704/894-2244 or bigiduz@davidson.edu

by Alex Obregon

North Carolina novelist Robert Morgan, widely regarded as "the poet laureate of Appalachia," will read from his latest work, Gap Creek, on Tuesday, September 19 at Davidson College. The free public reading begins at 4 p.m. in the 900 Room of the College Union, and will be followed by a book signing.

Morgan's visit to the campus marks the end of a literary journey that began at Davidson in 1998, when he first began work on Gap Creek while teaching for a semester as the college's McGee Professor of Writing.

Gap Creek was the Oprah Winfrey Book Club selection this past February, and is a follow-up to his critically acclaimed earlier novel, The Truest Pleasure. It tells the story of Julie and Hank, a newlywed couple, and the relationship they forge while living in the South Carolina mountains.

A native of the North Carolina mountains, Robert Morgan was born in Hendersonville and raised on land settled by his Welsh ancestors. He currently lives in Freeville, N.Y., and teaches at Cornell University. Morgan has published four books of fiction since 1969. The Truest Pleasure (1995) was named a Publisher's Weekly "Best Book of the Year" and a New York Times "Notable Book." He has also published nine volumes of poetry, and has published poems in many magazines, including, The Atlantic Monthly, The New Republic, Poetry, The Southern Review, The Yale Review, The Carolina Quarterly, and The New England Review.

Morgan has received numerous awards, including the North Carolina Award for Literature, and The James G. Hanes Poetry Award from the Fellowship of Southern Writers.

For more information on Morgan's visit to Davidson, call 894-2183.

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