Roanoke College Announces Visiting Writers Series Event

SALEM, Va. - Please join us at Roanoke College for our kick-off event in the Visiting Writers Series, "This Writer's Life," a reading and conversation with Gene Marrano and Dan Smith on Tuesday, September 25 at 4:30 p.m. in the Colket Center, Pickle Program Lounge. There will be a reception immediately following the event.

Marrano and Smith will speak about how they became writers, how they support their writing lives, and they will read from favorite pieces.

Marrano is an editor for Main Street Newspapers, where he oversees the Cave Spring Connection and Vinton Messenger weekly papers. He produces news stories for WVTF Public Radio and a weekly arts & culture show called "Studio Virginia." In addition, he hosts a monthly talk show on WCOX channel 9 called "The Interview." He has interviewed a wide range of local and national figures, including John Edwards and Tiki Barber.

Smith has been a journalist since 1964. He has worked at the Roanoke Times and is currently the editor of The Blue Ridge Business Journal. He has won numerous awards for writing sports, editorials and feature news stories. He also has been recognized for his public radio essays. Smith recently has published a memoir, Burning Down the House.

Roanoke College, the country's second oldest Lutheran-related college, is an independent, co-educational, four-year liberal arts college. Roanoke is one of just 276 colleges nationwide with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest and most prestigious honor society. The Princeton Review names Roanoke as one of the "best in the Southeast." Roanoke's 2,000 students represent 40 states across the U.S. and 26 foreign countries.

For additional information, call the Roanoke College Public Relations Office at (540) 375-2282.