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Poet Robert Parham to speak at FMU, Sept. 25

    FLORENCE, S.C. – Poet and former Francis Marion University professor Robert Parham will return to FMU to give a public reading on Thursday, Sept. 25. The program will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Cauthen Educational Media Center’s Lowrimore Auditorium on the FMU campus. Admission is free and open to the public.

    Parham will discuss and read from his poetry. He was a member of FMU faculty from 1970 to 1999 and served for a number of years as chair of the Department of English, Modern Languages and Philosophy. He was FMU’s Distinguished Professor for 1990-91.

    His poetry has been published widely, appearing in The Georgia Review, America, Rolling Stone, The Christian Science Monitor, Southern Humanities Review, and several hundred other journals. He is the author of two chapbooks, one of which, What Part Motion Plays in the Equation of Love, was a winner of the Palanquin Competition.

    Parham edits Southern Poetry Review and since 1998 has headed the Department of Languages, Literature, and Philosophy at Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, Ga.

    The speech is presented by the Jones Thomas and Carolyn Stroman Hunter Chair in English Literature at FMU. 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.

        Mr. 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. Mrs. Hunter 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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Last Published: February 19, 2004 6:54 AM
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