Adrian Rice

Adrian Rice is from Belfast, Northern Ireland.  He graduated from the University of Ulster with a BA in English & Politics, and MPhil in Anglo-Irish Literature. He has delivered writing workshops, readings, and lectures throughout the UK & Ireland, and America. In autumn 1999, as recipient of the US/Ireland Exchange Bursary, he was Poet-in-Residence at Lenoir-Rhyne College, Hickory, NC.  His poems and reviews have been broadcast internationally on radio and television, and have been published in several international magazines and journals. Rice returned to Lenoir-Rhyne College as Visiting Writer-in-Residence for 2005.  Since then, Adrian and his wife Molly, and young son, Micah, have settled in Hickory, from where he now commutes to Boone for Doctoral studies at Appalachian State University.  During his time in Hickory, Adrian has taught English and Creative Writing at several local colleges, including Lenior-Rhyne University, and Catawba Valley Community College, and has also taught at ASU for the Reading program.  Turning poetry into lyrics, he has also teamed up with Hickory-based and fellow Belfastman, musician/songwriter Alan Mearns, to form ‘The Belfast Boys’, a dynamic Irish Traditional Music duo.  Their debut album, Songs For Crying Out Loud, regularly airs across the Carolinas.  Adrian’s last book, The Clock Flower (2013), and his latest, Hickory Station (2015) are both published by Press 53 (Winston-Salem).  A poem from Hickory Station, “Breath”, first published in the Asheville Poetry Review, was a Pushcart Prize nomination.  The Strange Estate: New & Selected Poems 1990-2017 will be published in November of this year.

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The First Year Seminar is part of the General Education Program located in Anne Belk Hall, Room 250.

Phone: 828-262-2028

Our mailing address:
First Year Seminar
ASU Box 32065
Appalachian State University
Boone, NC 28608

Director of First Year Seminar:
Dr. Martha McCaughey
mccaugheym@appstate.edu

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