January 07, 2016
Creasman to Present on New Book "Writing West Virginia"
Boyd Creasman, vice president for academic affairs and dean of students at West Virginia Wesleyan College, will make a presentation on his new book, Writing West Virginia, on Thursday, January 14 at 4:30 p.m. in the Greek Alumni Room of the Virginia Thomas Law Center for the Performing Arts.
Creasman will provide an overview of the book, discussing each of the West Virginia authors in Writing West Virginia, touching on the key themes of the book and outlining the important contributions of each of these talented writers.
“One of my motivations for writing this book is to address the way West Virginia is viewed by the rest of the nation. All too often, West Virginia and Appalachia are viewed as lacking in terms of contributions to American culture,” Creasman said. “This book shows that West Virginia writers have made positive contributions to the culture of the region and the nation.”
The book covers West Virginia literature from the 1950s to the present and includes chapters on two Wesleyan alumnae, Denise Giardina ’73 and Irene McKinney ’67. McKinney, a long-time faculty member Emerita at Wesleyan, served as Poet Laureate of the state from 1994-2012 and founded Wesleyan’s low-residency Master in Fine Arts in Creative Writing program.
“Irene was a very important writer for Wesleyan and for West Virginia,” Creasman said. “She wrote brilliant work of her own, but she championed the work of many of the writers included in the book. She is an incredible poet whose work is widely read, but not as much as it deserves to be. She is just one of the writers in the book that has not received the appropriate amount of recognition.”
Copies of the book will be available at the presentation at a discounted rate.
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