Faculty Author Spotlight: Kathryn Kirkpatrick talks about her book “The Fisher Queen”

Dr. Kathryn Kirpatrick, Department of English professor at Appalachian State University
Monday, Nov. 11, 2019
5 p.m.

Plemmons Student Union 169
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This talk is free and open to the public. 

Professor Kathryn Kirpatrick will be reading from her new collected work of poetry, “The Fisher Queen: New & Selected Poems.” Drawing together poems from six award-winning collections, Kirkpatrick introduces the best of her poetry with the voice of the Fisher Queen, the otherworldly spouse of the Fisher King. These poems explore the multiple exiles of living in a woman's body; traversing boundaries of region, nation and class; and confronting human violations of the natural world. Moving between the quotidian and the mythic, Kirkpatrick's multi-voiced lyrics constitute a powerful quest. 

Kirkpatrick holds a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies from Emory University, where she received an Academy of American Poets poetry prize. She teaches classes in Literature and the Environment, Poetry and Poetics, Animals and Literature, and Irish Literature and Culture. In 2016-17 she helped found, with other faculty, an Animal Studies minor in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Three of her poetry collections have won the N.C. Poetry Society's Brockman-Campbell award, one having received the Roanoke-Chowan Poetry Prize from the N.C. Literary and Historical Association. Another of Kirpatrick’s books was a finalist for the Southern Book Prize poetry award from the Southern Book Prize Alliance (SIBA). “The Fisher Queen: New & Selected Poems” is the 2018 winner of the Roanoke-Chowan Poetry Prize, the second time she has won this N.C. poetry award.

This event is sponsored by the Appalachian State University Bookstore and presented by the Appalachian State University Student Book Club. 

If you would like more information, contact Trixie Wilkie at 828-265-8601 or wilkiete@appstate.edu

Cover of "The Fisher Queen"

Book jacket of Kathryn Kirkpatrick’s “The Fisher Queen” New and Selected Poems” (2019). Image provided.


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By Barclay Ann Blankenship
Nov. 7, 2019

Dr. Kathryn Kirpatrick, Department of English professor at Appalachian State University. Photo by University Communications.
Published: Nov 7, 2019 5:08pm