Barnes and Noble Discovery winner to visit Flagler College

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Frank Gaspar

ST. AUGUSTINE, FL (09/30/2014)(readMedia)-- In Frank Gaspar's poem "Diving for Money," an unnamed watcher sees the familiar image of a coin falling into a pool: "The coin cuts the air and leaves its fast trace of light," Gaspar writes. "You must never move your eyes from it: thrash with your hands, your feet, watch how it enters among the grains of sunlight splashing on the flat water."

Gaspar, a widely accomplished poet and fiction writer, brings his singular brand of observation and artistry to Flagler College on Thursday, October 16 as part of the college's popular Writers-in-Residence program. The program will take place at 7 p.m. in the historic Flagler Room in Ponce Hall.

Gaspar holds an MFA from the Graduate Writing Program at UC Irvine and is the author of five collections of poetry and two novels. He has been recognized as a Barnes and Noble Discovery award winner, with many inclusions in Best American Poetry, and with a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Literature. He is currently teaching in Pacific University's MFA program and is at work on a new novel.

If you are a person with a disability and need reasonable accommodations, please contact Lynn Francisco at 904-819-6460. Sign Language Interpreters are available upon request with a minimum of three days' notice. Call (904) 819-6339 or visit for more information.


Flagler College is a private, four-year comprehensive college located in St. Augustine, Fla. The college offers 29 majors, 34 minors and two pre-professional programs - the largest being business administration, communication, psychology and education. Small by intent, Flagler College has an enrollment of about 2,500 students, as well as a satellite campus at Tallahassee Community College in Tallahassee, Fla. U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review regularly feature Flagler as a college that offers quality education at a relatively low cost. A Flagler education is less than half the cost of similar private colleges, and competitive with many state universities. A relatively young institution (founded in 1968), Flagler College is also noted for its historic beauty. The centerpiece of the campus is the former Hotel Ponce de Leon, a grand resort built in 1888 by Henry M. Flagler, an industrialist, railroad pioneer and co-founder of Standard Oil. The Ponce has been designated as a National Historic Landmark. For more on Flagler College, visit