Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Gwen Hyman Rubio Appearance in Bluefield

Bluefield College is proud to announce that author Gwyn Hyman Rubio will read from her recent book, The Woodsman’s Daughter, on Wednesday, April 26 at 7 p.m. in The Boardroom: Third Floor Lansdell Hall on the Bluefield State Campus.

She will be also be available for an informal discussion of writing on Thursday, April 27 at 11 a.m. in Science Building 103.

Poet and novelist Fred Chappell said her first novel, Icy Sparks "knocked me on my teakettle. It is a classic of Appalachian literature, and I think it will take its shining place in American literature.... Gwyn Hyman Rubio is a marvelous writer.”

Gwyn Hyman Rubio grew up in south Georgia. Upon graduating from Florida State University with a B.A. in English, Rubio joined the Peace Corps serving in Costa Rica. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Press Editors’ Book Award and anthologized in Above Ground: Stories About Life and Death by New Southern Writers. Her first novel, Icy Sparks, was one of several novels chosen to represent “The Next Wave of Great Literary Voices” in the Discover Great New Writers program.

She is also a winner of the Cecil Hackney Award as well as a recipient of grants from the Kentucky Arts Council and the Kentucky Foundation for Women. She lives in Versailles, Kentucky.

For more information about her Bluefield appearances, contact Rob Merritt, Professor of English at Bluefield College, rmerritt@bluefield.edu or 276-326-4270.