University Bookstore Student Author Spotlight: Thom Young

 Author Thom Young shares his recently published book, "Bespoke."

Wednesday, January 29, 2020
5 p.m. 
Beacon Heights, Room 417
Plemmons Student Union

This event is free and open to the campus and community.

A program sponsored by the University Bookstore and presented by the Appalachian State University Student Book Club. The University Bookstore partners with campus departments to highlight new releases from Appalachian State University authors. 

"We are excited to further our efforts to share the work of Appalachian State University authors as we do through the Faculty Author Spotlight program, by featuring a published current Appalachian student," said John Pearce, Scholars Bookshop Manager.

"Bespoke" is a poem and sometimes memoir describing queer life. Taking on sex, abuse, addiction and family trauma, this collection challenges conventional notions of reading and understanding 'the other,' while also charting a highly confessional and brutally honest sense of the self. The poems deal with a range of influences, especially in film and music, and are often allusive (highly so) or else lyrical and experimental. Advance praise highlights the collection's jazz-like quality, in addition to the unique and innovative style. 

Thom Young is a writer based in Boone and Asheville. He studied English as an undergraduate at Appalachian State University, where he is currently working on his Masters in English. 

If you would like more information about this event, please contact Trixie Wilkie at 828-265-8601 or email at For parking information, visit:


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ASU current English department graduate student and author Thom Young. Photo Submitted.
Published: Jan 16, 2020 12:18pm