The Georgia Review will present a reading by acclaimed novelist, short story writer and poet Robert Morgan at 7 p.m. March 29 at Ciné. The last of this year’s trio of Georgia Poetry Circuit events, Morgan’s appearance is free and open to the public. Athens-based poet Ida Stewart, currently pursuing her Ph.D. in creative writing at UGA, will open the reading.
Morgan has published many books in multiple genres. His poetry collections include The Strange Attractor: New and Selected Poems, Topsoil Road, Sigodlin and At the Edge of the Orchard Country. Among his many novels is the bestseller Gap Creek, which Oprah Winfrey selected for her book club in 2000.
In both his poetry and prose, Morgan explores Appalachian culture, often drawing on strange and haunting family legends as a starting point. His work forms an extended portrait of the Blue Ridge Mountain region in which he grew up, with its unique ways of life, its dedication to hard but honest labor and its close connection to the Earth.