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Writer-in-Residence events scheduled through September 30

ISSUED: 31 August 2022

SHEPHERDSTOWN, WV — Internationally-acclaimed novelist, essayist, and poet Barbara Kingsolver will visit Shepherd University September 27-29 as the 2022 Appalachian Heritage Writer-in-Residence. Kingsolver will be awarded the Appalachian Heritage Writer’s Award on Thursday, September 29, and participate in several activities and programs on campus and in the local community.

Barbara Kingsolver smiling, looking at the camera, in front of foliage.Kingsolver has received many awards, including the National Humanities Medal, the United States’ highest honor for service through the arts, from President Bill Clinton in 2000. Her novel “The Poisonwood Bible” was shortlisted for both the Pulitzer Prize and PEN/Faulkner Award, and she was named one of the most important writers of the 20th Century by Writers Digest. Every book that Kingsolver has written since 1993’s “Pigs in Heaven” has been on The New York Times Best Seller list.

In 1998, Kingsolver established what is now called the PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction, the nation’s largest prize for an unpublished first novel.

Shepherd will host several public events from September 23-30 celebrating the Appalachian Heritage Writer-in-Residence. All events, which are free and open to the public, are available in person and virtually.

Through the month of September:

Friday, September 23:

Monday, September 26:

Tuesday, September 27:

Wednesday, September 28:

Thursday, September 29:

Friday, September 30:

To join virtually, visit the Writer-in-Residence webpage.

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