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Author Kim Stafford to speak at FMU, Oct. 16

    FLORENCE, S.C. – Author Kim Stafford will give a public reading at Francis Marion University on Thursday, Oct. 16.

    The reading 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.

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

    Stafford is the founding director of the Northwest Writing Institute at Lewis & Clark College on Oregon, where he began teaching in 1979. He holds a Ph.D. in medieval literature from the University of Oregon, and is the author of a dozen books of poetry and prose, most recently “Early Morning: Remembering My Father, William Stafford” (a memoir from  Graywolf Press, 2002) and “The Muses Among Us: Eloquent Listening and Other Pleasures of the Writer’s Craft” (University of Georgia Press, 2003).

    He has worked as an oral historian, letterpress printer, photographer, teacher, and as the literary executor of the Estate of William Stafford. For his book, “Having Everything Right,” he won a citation for excellence from the Western States Book Awards. He lives in Portland, Ore., with his wife and children.

    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 9:38 AM
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