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Friday, October 06, 2006

Valerie Nieman Appearance in Morgantown

Valerie Nieman, author of a recent collection of short fiction, Fidelities, from West Virginia University Press, as well as two novels and two chapbooks of poetry, will be in Morgantown this weekend for a book signing on Friday Oct.6, at 6:PM, at University Towne Center Barnes and Noble Bookstore. She will read from Fidelities as well as from her newest publication, Wake, Wake, Wake, a collection of poetry published by Press 53.

Her poems and short stories have been widely published in journals such as Poetry, The Kenyon Review, 5 A.M., and West Branch, as well as several anthologies. Awards have included a poetry fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, the 1998 and 2002 Elizabeth Simpson Smith prizes in fiction from the Charlotte Writers Club and the Greg Grummer Prize in poetry from Phoebe. A 1978 graduate of West Virginia University, she received an M.F.A. in creative writing at Queens University of Charlotte. A longtime journalist and editor, she is now an assistant professor of English and journalism at N.C. A&T State University.

A workshop is scheduled Saturday October 7 at the Morgantown Public Library on Spruce Street from 9:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. A "Dutch" treat lunch follows with the visiting writer.

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