Karen Paul Holmes began Writers' Night Out in Blairsville several years ago and it is one of my favorite literary events in our area. She has created another outstanding schedule of readers for this year. I am excited, of course, that Estelle Rice and I are on this schedule. We will read in November from our soon to be released book, Paws, Claws, Hooves, Feathers and Fins, Stories and Poems about Our Pets and Other Creatures.
Writers’ Night Out begins its eighth season
on April 13 and continues the second Friday of the month through November.
Featured readers present their work at 7 p.m., and an open microphone follows,
where audience members can share three minutes of their own poetry or prose.
The event is free and open to the public and takes place at the Union County
Community Center in Blairsville, GA.
The 2018 schedule of featured readers from North Carolina
April 13: Mike James and Michael Walls
May 18: Jennifer Lux and Rupert Fike
June 8: Michelle Castleberry and Karen Paul Holmes
July 13: Joan Howard and Jane Simpson
Aug 10: Kimberly Simms and Mary Ricketson
Sept 14: Robert Kendrick and Janice Moore
Oct 12: Danielle Hanson and Loren Leith
Nov 9: Glenda Beall and Estelle Rice
Mike James, is the author of eleven poetry collections. His most recent
books include: Crows in the Jukebox (Bottom Dog, 2017), My Favorite Houseguest
(FutureCycle, 2017), and Peddler’s Blues (Main Street Rag, 2016.)
His work has
appeared in over 100 magazines throughout the country in such places as Tar
River Poetry, Soundings East, and Laurel Review. He has also been active as an
editor for The Kentucky Review, Autumn House Press, and his own Yellow Pepper
Press. After years spent in South Carolina, Missouri, Pennsylvania, and
Georgia, he now makes his home in Chapel Hill, NC with his large family and a
large assortment of cats.
James will also teach
a poetry class on April 14 at Writers Circle in Hayesville, NC. For more information,
visit http://www.glendacouncilbeall.com/ . (see the studio schedule)
Michael Walls has
had poetry published in a variety of journals and magazines including The New
York Quarterly, South Carolina Review, Atlanta Review, Chattahoochee Review,
Poetry East, The Midwest Quarterly and others.
His chapbook is The Blues
Singer and his full-length collection is Stacking Winter Wood (Kelsay
Books/Aldrich Press, 2017). His poems and articles have also appeared in law
reviews and journals. He is a retired labor lawyer who now spends his time
working as a volunteer on environmental and other issues, hiking, hanging out
with friends and family, writing poems and letters to the editor, and listening
to rock and roll, blues and jazz. He spends time in Atlanta and the North
Writers’ Night Out is sponsored by North Carolina Writers’
Network-West. The Union County Community Center is located at Butternut Creek
Golf Course at 129 Union County Recreation Rd., Blairsville, Georgia 30512, off
Highway 129 near the intersection of US 76, phone (706) 439-6092.
Food is available for purchase in The View Grill, but please
arrive by 6 pm to get served. For more information on Writers’ Night,
contact Karen Holmes at (404) 316-8466 or firstname.lastname@example.org.