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Authors on Campus Series Presents Poet Grey Brown

September 7, 2012

Averett University's Authors on Campus Series features Poet Grey Brown this fall on Tuesday, Sept. 18 at 7:30 p.m. in Blount Chapel. The event is free and open to the public.

Brown earned her master's degree at New York University and it's while she was there that she began working with Sharon Olds teaching creative writing to patients at Goldwater Memorial Hospital on Roosevelt Island. Once she graduated, she returned to North Carolina, the state she grew up in, to continue offering writing in a medical setting. She approached Duke Medical Center, was hired, and began offering writing workshops to oncology patients in 1986. In her work at Duke, she serves five patient populations holding weekly journaling classes and distributing free journals. She also teaches creative writing in the English department at Duke as a visiting lecturer during the summer.

Brown has published three books of poetry including "When They Tell Me," which are poems about the journey through autism and "Staying In." She has also had individual poems published in various publications including the "Journal of the American Medical Association," "The Greensboro Review," "Blue Pitcher" and "South Coast Poetry Journal."

She has received several awards and recognitions including the Emerging Artist Award from the Durham Arts Council and first place: Poetry of Love in the North Carolina Poetry Society Contest.

For more information about Brown's visit call Dr. Gretchen Cohenour at 434-791-5767.