Authors@Upstate Welcomes Gap Creek Author Robert Morgan

October 2, 2011 at 8:05 am

Spartanburg, S.C — The Authors @ Upstate Visiting Writers Series welcomes award-winning novelist, poet and native of the North Carolina mountains Robert Morgan to the University of South Carolina Upstate Campus on Thursday, October 6 at 4:00 p.m. in the JM Smith Boardroom in the Health Education Complex. His reading is free and open to the public. Copies of his books will be available for purchase and signing.

Morgan’s writing career spans more than 40 years and numerous volumes of poetry collections, short stories and novels. Born and raised in the Green River Valley of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and widely regarded as the poet laureate of Appalachia, Morgan received a BA in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a MFA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and an Honorary Doctor of Letters degree from UNC at Chapel Hill.

Morgan currently serves as Kappa Alpha Professor of English at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, where he has been teaching since 1971.  He has held a variety of visiting writer and professorship appointments throughout his professional career, including appointments at Appalachian State University, East Carolina University, Duke University, Furman University, and Davidson College. Morgan’s works include October Crossing, Boone, The Strange Attractor, Brave Enemies, This Rock, The Balm of the Gilead Tree, The Truest Pleasure, The Hinterlands, and the book that Oprah Winfrey chose for her book club selection, catapulting him into bookstores, libraries and homes across the country, Gap Creek.

For more information about the reading, contact Tom McConnell at (864) 503-5681 or or go online to