The MFA Writing Program at UNC Greensboro and The Greensboro Review will host a poetry reading by Professor Emeritus Fred Chappell on Thursday, Sept. 12, at 7 p.m. in the UNCG Faculty Center on College Avenue. The event is free and open to the public and will be followed by a book signing. Chappell’s latest collection of poems, “As If It Were,” was released by LSU Press in April 2019.
Fred Chappell is the author of more than a dozen books of verse, two story collections, and eight novels. A native of Canton in the mountains of western North Carolina, he taught at UNCG for over 40 years, where he helped establish the MFA Writing Program. He is the winner of, among other awards, the Bollingen Prize in Poetry, the Aiken Taylor Prize, and the T. S. Eliot Prize. He was the Poet Laureate of North Carolina from 1997 to 2002.