Debra Daniel to give Hunter Lecture at FMU, Feb. 27
FLORENCE – Poet Debra Daniel will give the Hunter Lecture at Francis Marion University Wednesday, Feb. 27.
The speech will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Cauthen Educational Media Center’s Lowrimore Auditorium. Admission is free and open to the public. Prior to the speech, Daniel will meet with FMU students.
Daniel was named the S.C. Arts Commission Fellow in Poetry for 2006 and previously in 1994. Her poem, “Hymn of Invitation” won the 2002 Guy Owen Prize. She has also been awarded fellowships in poetry and fiction from the S.C. Academy of Authors.
Daniel was a member of the steering committee and taught for the Lt. Governor’s Academy of Young Authors. Her work has been published in numerous publications.
She has a master’s degree in elementary education and has taught in the Fort Jackson school system since the 1970s. She has also written plays for children and scripts for educational television.
The Hunter Chair in English Literature was established in 1991 by three sisters – Dorothy Hunter Thames Ellis, Adelle Hunter West and Hattie Costa Hunter King – as a memorial to their parents, Jones Thomas and Carolyn Stroman Hunter.
Hunter made his life in Marion County, was once mayor of Marion, contributed to many different organizations throughout the Pee Dee area and operated a successful automobile dealership in Florence for 40 years. His wife came to Marion as a schoolteacher, was active in church work and taught Sunday school for more than 50 years. She was a charter member of several literary clubs, garden clubs and community organizations.
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