Renowned author and former state poet laureate Fred Chappell dies at 87

Chappell grew up in the mill town of Canton in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina. In a documentary about his life, “Fred Chappell: I Am One of You Forever,” he said he carried the mountains with him whenever he went. He spent most of his career in Greensboro, writing and teaching in the graduate-level creative writing program he helped build.