Award-winning writer and assistant professor of English Matthew Wimberley’s debut book of poetry All the Great Territories will be celebrated during a reading event on Thursday, Feb. 13 at 7 p.m.

The event will take place in Evans Auditorium at the Cannon Student Center at Lees-McRae College, and is hosted by the Stephenson Center for Appalachia.

Wimberly's book was just release on Tuesday, Feb. 4 by Southern Illinois University Press.

The book chronicles a two-month adventure by Wimberley living out of his car, ultimately planning to spread his father's ashes.

Wimberley earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts in creative writing from North Carolina State University before completing his Master of Fine Arts in poetry from New York University.

At Lees-McRae, he commonly teaches courses in Rhetoric, Wilderness Literature, Introduction to Poetry, Advanced Poetry, and Appalachian Poetry.

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