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Jan. 30, 2006 -- No. 43


McFee’s seventh collection of poems has been
published; campus reading is Tuesday (Jan. 31)

UNC English professor Michael McFee’s seventh collection of poems, "Shinemaster," has just been published by Carnegie Mellon University Press.

McFee will read from his work on campus at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday (Jan. 31) in Dey Hall’s Toy Lounge (fourth floor). The event, sponsored by the Bull’s Head Bookshop, is free to the public.

The publisher describes "Shinemaster" as "a book about discovering plenitude in apparent scarcity. It presents this human paradox in lively and often playful fashion, with poems about sweet potatoes, popular music, spitwads, sex education, family and marriage, cafeterias, Sunday School and a shoeshine kit."

One of McFee’s latest poems, "Q," has been reprinted in the "Readings" section of the January issue of Harpers magazine.

McFee’s previous book with Carnegie Mellon, "Earthly" (2001), co-won the Roanoke-Chowan Award for Poetry from the N.C. Literary and Historical Society and was an honorable mention for the Poets’ Prize.

His prose book "The Napkin Manuscripts: Selected Essays and an Interview," is forthcoming from the University of Tennessee Press in the fall.

McFee has been a UNC faculty member since 1995.


Astronaut Kathy Thornton to visit
Morehead Center, share experiences


Former NASA astronaut Kathy Thornton will visit UNC’s Morehead Planetarium and Science Center on Feb. 4, as part of Morehead Center’s Speaking of Science lecture series.

Her presentation begins at 11:30 a.m. in the Morehead Building’s banquet hall.

Thornton will talk about her experiences as an astronaut. Admission to this family friendly presentation is free, but seating is limited and reservations are required. To reserve seats, call (919) 962-1236.

Thornton began her career with NASA in 1985 and logged more than 975 hours in space on three space shuttles: Discovery, Endeavour and Columbia. She currently directs the Center for Science, Mathematics and Engineering Education at the University of Virginia.

Thornton appeared in the Morehead Center Star Theater show "Magic Tree House Space Mission." This show is scheduled both before and after the lecture (at 10:30 a.m. and again at 1:30 p.m.) for those who want to combine the show with the lecture. Regular ticket prices apply for the show, and no reservations are necessary for the show.


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