Kathy Fagan, author of three acclaimed books of poetry, will spend a week on the West Virginia University campus reading from her works and leading writing workshops in the Department of English as the 2005 Virginia Butts Sturm Writer-in-Residence.

Fagan will give a free public reading at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 10, in the Gold Ballroom of the Mountainlair, and will meet with 12 students selected for the Virginia Butts Sturm Writer-in-Residence Workshop Tuesday through Thursday, Oct. 11-13.

Fagan is the author of the National Poetry Series selectionThe Raft(Dutton, 1985), the Vassar Miller Prize winnerMOVING&ST. RAGE (Univ. of North Texas, 1999), andThe Charm(Zoo, 2002).

Her work has appeared in The Paris Review, The Kenyon Review, Slate, Field, Ploughshares and The Missouri Review , among other literary magazines, and is anthologized in Under 35 (Doubleday, 1989), Extraordinary Tide: New Poetry by American Women (Columbia, 2001), American Diaspora (Iowa, 2001), and The Breath of Parted Lips: Poems from the Robert Frost Place (CavanKerry, 2001).

She is the recipient of fellowships from the Ingram Merrill Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Ohio Arts Council. Formerly the director of creative writing at The Ohio State University, she is currently professor of English at OSU and editor of The Journal .

The Sturm Residency was established in 1986 by Albert Lee and Virginia Butts Sturm to support a visiting writer on the WVU campus.