Appalachian poet to speak at Milligan

MILLIGAN COLLEGE, TN (August 29, 2008) — Appalachian poet, teacher and quilt artist Jane Hicks will speak on the region and culture of Appalachia at Milligan College on Tuesday, Oct. 28, at 11 a.m. in Seeger Memorial Chapel. She will have a special reading of her poetry later that evening at 7:30 p.m. in the Gregory Center for the Liberal Arts.

Hicks, a widely published poet, received critical acclaim for her book of poetry, “Blood and Bone Remember,” winning the Poetry Book of the Year award from the Appalachian Writers Association in 2006.  She is widely known as a “cosmic possum,” a phrase Hicks coined that refers to the baby boomer generation who has one foot in the roots of Appalachia and another in their college-educated suburban families.

“The Milligan College Arts Council has a history of recognizing the fabulous writers and artists that live and work in this area,” said Dr. Kellie Brown, associate professor of music at Milligan. “Jane Hicks is a much celebrated poet and advocate for the culture of Appalachia and will be a very welcomed speaker on our campus.”

Hicks holds a bachelor’s degree from Emory and Henry College (Va.) and a master’s degree from East Tennessee State University. She retired from a lengthy teaching career with the Sullivan County School System in 2007.

Hicks’ book of poetry, “Blood and Bone Remember,” will be on sale Tuesday evening, Oct. 28, in the Gregory Center with a book signing following her presentation. Both events are free and open to the public.

This event is sponsored by the Milligan Arts Council and is a part of the official Appalachian Arts and Culture Day that Milligan began in 2004.

For more information about the event or Hicks, visit, or call 423.461.8723.

Posted by on August 29, 2008.