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Readings by poets from the Wildacres Writers Workshop (in store)

Moderator: Mamie Potter
Les Brown, A Place Where Trees Had Names
Michael Gaspeny, The Tyranny of Questions
Nancy Dew Taylor, Showing Face
Joyce Brown, Standing on the Outcrop

LES BROWN, a native of the mountains of North Carolina, is professor emeritus at Gardner-Webb University. He has published poetry and short stories in several journals, including Pinesong, Kakalak, Wild Goose Review, Pine Mountain Sand and Gravel, Flying South, Poetry in Plain Sight and Avalon. Two of Les’s poems were nominated for the 2020 Pushcart Prize by the North Carolina Poetry Society. His poetry book, A Place Where Trees Had Names, was published by Redhawk Publications in 2020. He lives in Troutman, North Carolina.

NANCY DEW TAYLOR's book of poems, Taking Flight, was published in 2015 by Ninety-Six Press and her chapbook Stepping on Air in 2008 by Emrys Press. Her newest collection is entitled Showing Face from Hermit Feathers Press. She won the 2011 Linda Flowers Award from the North Carolina Humanities Council for her group of poems, Mill Creek Suite, and the 2015 Porter Fleming Literary Award in poetry. Her poetry has appeared in The South Carolina Review, Emrys Journal, Tar River Poetry, Shenandoah, and Appalachian Journal and in various other literary magazines and anthologies. She lives in Greenville, South Carolina.

After a long career of teaching, JOYCE COMPTON BROWN expanded her focus to include poetry, finding her subjects in the foothills, mountains and the deep and shifting landscape of the upcountry American South. She has published poetry in numerous journals and has won or placed in several contests. She relies on the encouragement of her artist-writer husband along with the comfort of their sweet cat. She is the author of three chapbooks: Bequest (Finishing Line Press), Singing with Jarred Edges (Main St. Rag), and Standing on the Outcrop (Red Hawk Press). She lives in Troutman, North Carolina.

MICHAEL GASPENY's novella in verse, The Tyranny of Questions (Unicorn Press), dramatizes a suburban mother’s struggle to save her soul in the 1960s. Gaspeny’s has published two chapbooks, Re-Write Men and Vocation. He won the Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition and the O. Henry Festival Short Story Contest. Gaspeny has received the North Carolina Governor’s Award for Volunteer Excellence in recognition of his hospice service. He taught English and journalism for almost forty years, primarily at Bennett College and High Point University. He lives in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Information will be provided about this summer writing retreat at Wildacres Retreat Center in the North Carolina mountains.

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Event date: 
Sunday, March 20, 2022 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Event address: 
North Hills
4209-100 Lassiter Mill Road
Raleigh, NC 27609
A Place Where Trees Had Names: Poems Cover Image
ISBN: 9798605790334
Availability: On our shelves
(PLEASE NOTE: This book cannot be returned!)
Published: Independently Published - February 24th, 2020

MICHAEL GASPENY is the author of the chapbooks Re-Write Men and Vocation. He has won the Randall Jarrell Poetry Prize and the O. Henry Festival Short Story Competition. For hospice service in Greensboro, North Carolina, he has received The Governor’s Award for Volunteer Excellence. A former reporter, he taught journalism and English for almost forty years, mainly at High Point University and Bennett College. He is married to the novelist and essayist Lee Zacharias. Their sons are Al and Max.

Standing on the Outcrop Cover Image
ISBN: 9781952485268
Availability: On our shelves
(PLEASE NOTE: This book cannot be returned!)
Published: Redhawk Publications - August 28th, 2021

Advance Praise for Standing on the Outcrop

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