Clyde Edgerton and Tenaya Darlington
To Give Reading at Hope
Posted April 8, 2002
HOLLAND -- The last reading of the 2001-02
Visiting Writers Series will feature music as well as words
when nationally known author Clyde Edgerton and emerging
poet Tenaya Darlington read at Hope College on Wednesday,
April 17, at 7 p.m. in the Knickerbocker Theatre.
The public is invited. Admission is free.
Edgerton was originally scheduled to read in
September, but had to reschedule because of family illness.
Born and raised in rural North Carolina, Edgerton
received his bachelor's, master's and doctorate from the
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Since his
first novel, "Raney," was published in 1985, Edgerton's
writing has received both popular and critical attention.
Five of his novels garnered a Notable Book of the Year Award
from the "New York Times," and two have been adapted for the
screen. His short stories have been published in such
lauded anthologies as "Best American Short Stories" and "New
Stories from the South." He currently teaches creative
writing at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.
Apart from his accomplishments as a writer,
Edgerton also helped found "The Rank Strangers Band," a
bluegrass trio that features Edgerton on banjo, Matt
Kendrick on upright bass and Jack King on the guitar. The
Rank Strangers will accompany Edgerton during his reading.
The evening should prove to be a blend of music
and comedy. Edgerton's readings are characterized by humor;
he often takes on the voices and characteristics of the
characters in his fiction.
Tenaya Darlington, the recipient of the 2001 Great
Lakes College Association Award in poetry, will precede
Edgerton's performance. A graduate of the MFA program at
Indiana University, Darlington also won the 1999 National
Poetry Series award.
Her poems are a rambunctious, irreverent romp that
question and challenge stereotypical gender roles.
Darlington's first book of poems, published last year, is
titled "Madame Deluxe."
Both authors will participate in a question and
answer panel on Wednesday, April 17, at 3 p.m. in the Maas
Center conference room. The public is invited, and
admission is free.
Music from the Hope College Jazz Ensemble will
precede the reading at 6:30 p.m. The authors will be
available for book-signing following the reading in the
The public is also invited to attend "Afterwords,"
a panel devoted to discussing issues raised by the reading,
on Thursday, April 18, at 3 p.m. in the Granberg Room of Van
The Knickerbocker Theatre is located at 86 E. 8th
St. in downtown Holland. The Maas Center is located on
Columbia Avenue at 11th Street. The Van Wylen Library is
located on College Avenue between 10th and 12th streets.