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Virginia poet to deliver Palmer Lecture at UC

WILLIAMSBURG, KY. University of the Cumberlands English Department has announced that Virginia poet Rita Quillen will present the Dr. Robert L. Palmer Memorial Lecture for 2008. The Palmer lectureship was established by Dr. Palmer’s nephew, Jackson, Mississippi, businessman and U. S. Ambassador to Portugal, John Palmer to honor his uncle.

Each year an outstanding author is invited to UC’s campus to present a public lecture/reading and to visit certain university classes. Rita Quillen will be the eighteenth Palmer lecturer, having been preceded by such well known authors as Lee Smith, Jim Wayne Miller, Billy Collins, Frank X Walker and Natalie Kusz.

Rita Quillen lives with her husband Mac on Early Autumn Far in Scott County, Virginia, and teaches at Mountain Empire Community College, Big Stone Gap, Virginia. In addition to her books of poetry, Quillen is the author of a book of essays, Looking for Native Ground: Contemporary Appalachian Poetry, and an unpublished novel, Hiding Ezra. She is also a highly sought after workshop leader, appearing at the Hindman Settlement School Appalachian Writers’ Workshop, the Alabama Writers’ Conclave, and the Radford Summer Program in Appalachian Studies.

The Dr. Robert L. Palmer Memorial Lecture is free and open to the public. The program will be at 7:30 pm, Tuesday, October 21, 2008, in the Gatliff Chapel on the UC campus in Williamsburg.