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DUBLIN — Bladen Community College’s Writers Series will present award-winning North Carolina author and lecturer Barbara Presnell in a program on Tuesday, Sept. 16, at 11 a.m. in the College Library. This is the first of two Writers Series programs slated for September.

A native of Asheboro, Presnell grew up in a family of readers surrounded by books. Most of her works reflect the people and lives of those people from the foothills and mountains of Appalachia. Many focus on the lives of women, the role that women authors played locally and worldwide, the inevitability of growing older, and the lives of mill workers from the region.

Among her works are books of poetry, including Piece Work (2007), Los Hijos (2002), and Sherry’s Prayer (2004). Her books of prose include Unravelings (1998) and Snake Dreams (1994). Other works appeared in anthologies, such as Women’s Realities, Women’s Choices: An Introduction to Women’s Studies (2014), Literary Trails of the North Carolina Piedmont (2010), Listen Here: Women Writing in Appalachia (2004), and Claiming the Spirit Within: A Sourcebook of Women’s Writing (2001).

She has received a number of literary awards including the Arts Council Artist Fellowship in Writing (2002, 2008), Cleveland State University Poetry Center First Book Prize (2006), Linda Flowers Price, N.C. Humanities Council (2004), Oscar Arnold Young Award, Poetry Council of N.C. (1999), and Zoe Kincaid Brockman Award, N.C. Poetry Society (1995).

Presnell is a lecturer at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

This program is presented by the Humanities Department of Bladen Community College.

The public is invited and no reservations are necessary.

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