Author Barbara Moss to Speak Oct. 28
By Sherry Kughn
JSU News Bureau
26 August 2004 — Former Jacksonville State
University student Barbara Robinette Moss will be among three authors speaking
at the Public Library of Anniston-Calhoun County's Accent on the Authors series
luncheon on 28 October, which will launch the book tour for Ms. Moss's latest
Ms. Moss attended JSU from 1978-84, taking all
of the art and English classes one at a time as she could pay for them. She said
her most memorable class was a theatre course taught by Dr. Steve Whitten. His
class’s trip to New York City to attend Broadway plays was a high point of her
JSU experience. She remembers sitting four rows from the stage at the play
Cats, and then running to get Carol Burnett's signature on opening night of the
play The Real Thing, with Jeremy Irons and Glenn Close.
“I had recently undergone reconstructive surgery on my face,” said Ms. Moss. I wanted
to tell Ms. Burnett how much she had influenced my own decision to have
Later, Ms. Moss moved to Sarasota, Florida to pursue a bachelor's degree in art from
Ringling School of Art & Design, and then a master's degree from Drake University
in Des Moines, Iowa. She has established
herself as an artist and will have her first solo exhibition in New York City in
October at Kerrigan Campbell Gallery in the East Village. The exhibition, titled
"Anything Personal" opens October 21.
Ms. Moss' previous book, a memoir called Change Me into Zeus's Daughter,
won several state and national awards, including the 2002 Alabama Author Award.
The book told of her childhood in Anniston and of struggling with poverty and
a facial abnormality. Fierce chronicles her life as a single mother trying
to establish her career in art and overcome an emotionally painful past. Moss is currently
studying playwriting at the prestigious Actor's Studio Drama School in New York
City. She lives with her husband, Duane DeRaad, in New York City and Iowa City,
In addition to Ms. Moss, Accent on the Author will host Dr. Wayne Flynt on Oct. 5 and
Dr. Patricia Foster on Nov. 10. All fall programs will be at noon at the library.
Tickets, which include a catered lunch, may be purchased at the library in advance. Cost is $12.
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