Tuesday, August 3, 2010


August is filled with celebrations for Echoes Across the Blue Ridge, the anthology recently published and on sale by NCWN West. Publishing an anthology every few years has become a wonderful fundraiser for NCWN West, and a way to publish many of our excellent mountain writers who are not yet widely known.

Saturday night, August 7, I will be in Sylva at City Lights Books for the Liar's Bench, a reading, storytelling and discussion event facilitated by Gary Carden. I am looking forward to meeting all the folks there and hearing some great writing and storytelling.

Sunday evening, August 8, we will be celebrating the release of Echoes Across the Blue Ridge at City Lights Books in Sylva. This promises to be a big shindig with lots of good food and drink, writers from all over our region sharing their work from Echoes. We welcome writers whether they are contributors to Echoes or not.

On Saturday, August 28, we will attend a writing event in Waynesville, NC at Blue Ridge Books. A workshop with Peggy Millan, a reading from Echoes, and book signing by Michael Beadle. A big day there.

Sunday, August 29, another party for Echoes contributors and their friends, at Twice Upon a Time books in Murphy, NC.

But one of the most important events I will be attending is on Saturday, August 7, when my friend and mentor, Nancy Simpson, will read from her long awaited book, Living Above the Frost Line, published by Carolina Wren Press. I received a copy and sat right down and read it.
I enjoyed, again, the poems from her first books, Night Student and Across Water, and read the new poems with deep interest.
I am so, so impressed with the editing, the writing and the beauty of the book.
Congratulations to Nancy, to Andrea Selch, editor, to Kathryn Byer who has been influential in beginning the Laureate Series at Carolina Wren Press.

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