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Next Appalachian Authors Guild General Meeting

July 14, 2015, 11:30am

Shoney's

480 Cummings St.

Abingdon, VA

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A native of North Carolina, Rob Merritt came to Bluefield College in 1990, after completing his PhD at the University of Kentucky where he focused on British and American Modernism and completed a dissertation about Ezra Pound and music. He is interested in the interrelation of the arts, and in his literature classes he often uses examples of music and painting to help explain the stylistic choices made by writers of a given period.

Dr. Merritt is a poet who has been published in a variety of journals. He has published two books: Landscape Architect (2006) and The Language of Longing (2012). In these books, he is interested in the power of place and the continual search for home. His poems demarcate journeys through West Virginia, North Carolina, Virginia, Maine, Oregon, Florida, Spain, Ireland, and China. His writing often concerns how the sensibilities of Appalachia can engage with other consciousnesses for a global synthesis of growth and acceptance.

Dr. Merritt is Director of the Honors Program at Bluefield College and faculty advisor for The Bluestone Review, the college literary magazine he founded in 1992.

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AAG Business Meeting

August 11, 2015, 1:00pm

Washington County Public Library

Abingdon, VA

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