Spectrum Logo
A non-profit publication of the Office of the University Relations of Virginia Tech,
including The Conductor, a special section of the Spectrum printed 4 times a year

Authors to sign 'Trailers' book

By Sally Harris

Spectrum Volume 19 Issue 12 - November 14, 1996

Carol Burch Brown and David Rigsbee will sign copies of their book Trailers November 20 at 7:30 p.m. in Hillcrest.

Called "a documentary meditation with photographs," Trailers contains photographs by Burch Brown and text by poet David Rigsbee. The book "probes inside a feature of the American landscape that is often denigrated or dismissed," according to the University Press of Virginia, which published the book. Burch-Brown found that, contrary to popular belief, people often choose to live in trailers. Her photographs "frame the permanence of family life in these impermanent structures." For Rigsbee, trailers reveal "a life that, if sometimes fragile, is also self-reliant."

Burch Brown is an associate professor of art in the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies. Her solo exhibitions have been presented in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., and numerous other venues.

Rigsbee, a native of North Carolina, has written six previous books of poetry and criticism. They include Your Heart Will Fly Away and Stomping Ground.