HPU to Host Authors Gaspeny and Zacharias

HIGH POINT, N.C., Jan. 14, 2015 – High Point University will welcome local authors Lee Zacharias and Michael Gaspeny at 7 p.m. on Jan. 29 in the Francis Auditorium of Phillips Hall. The event, part of HPU’s Phoenix Reading Series & Festival, is free and open to the public; tickets are not required.

Both authors will give readings from their work, followed by a Q&A session.

Zacharias will be reading from “Buzzards,” a personal essay included in her book, “The Only Sounds We Make.”

Gaspeny, a retired HPU English professor, will be reading selections from his book of poetry, “Vocation.” He will also read from other poems that were inspired by his time at HPU.

Zacharias is a professor of creative writing at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is the author of a novel, “Lessons,” and a book of short stories, “Helping Muriel Make It through the Night.” She has published numerous essays, short stories and photographs and is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the North Carolina Arts Council. She is the recipient of the 2001 College, 2002 University of North Carolina Board of Governors, and 2003 South Atlantic Modern Language Association Awards for teaching excellence.

Gaspeny has won the 2012 Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition and the 1998 O. Henry Festival Story Contest. His work has been recognized in other competitions and published in many places, including Brilliant Corners: A Journal of Jazz and Literature, Cave Wall, Crucible and The Greensboro Review. Gaspeny taught English and journalism for almost four decades, mainly at Bennett College and HPU. He received the Meredith Clark Slane Distinguished Teacher-Service Award from HPU in 2003.

The Phoenix Reading Series & Festival brings a diverse array of writers and thinkers to the HPU campus each year. It is sponsored in part by an HPU Cultural Enrichment Grant. This year’s series is produced in conjunction with the HPU Year of the Arts.

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