Monday, April 20, 2015

Poet and visual artist, Laurence Holden featured in Shellman, Georgia exhibit

March 8 - May 3, 2015

Paintings and Illustrated Poems

"We  spend so much of our lives seeking to understand the patterns around us.
This I do too.
And then there is the gravity that bears upon all of them,
and us,
as well as the desire for ascension.
These paintings and poems are my way to understand this. "
- Laurence Holden

Here are a few selections from the exhibit:
"Rainy Mountain Dreaming," 2012
oil on canvas 49"h. x 39"w.
"Of Wintering Willows," 2013
acrylic on birch plywood.
48"h. x 36"w. x 2 3/4"d. 
"Seedlight:Under December Moon, Dreaming," 2014
oil on canvas  20”h. x 16”w. 


"Seedlight: In Winter's Evensong," 2014
oil on canvas 14"h. x 12"w.
"As We Pass Our Words"

Video: A Poetry Reading

Brenda Kay Ledford Featured Poet

Brenda Kay Ledford was the featured poet in "Westward Quarterly Journal," spring issue, 2015.

Brenda Kay Ledford's latest poetry book, CREPE ROSES, was published by Kelsay Books, and available on Amazon. com.

Poems by Maren O. Mitchell to Appear in "Hotel Amerika", and another Poem Appearing in "The Georgia Center for the Book"

Maren O. Mitchell’s two poems, “T Is Totally Balanced,” and “X Is a Kiss on Paper,” will appear in an upcoming issue of Hotel Amerika. Her poem, “One for the Road Show” is one of the poems selected for April publication by The Georgia Center for the Book, posted on their Facebook page.

Her poems have appeared in Southern Humanities Review, The Classical Outlook, Town Creek Poetry, Appalachian Journal, Red Clay Reader #4, The Arts Journal, The Journal of Kentucky Studies, Wild Goose Poetry Review, Pirene’s Fountain and elsewhere. Her work is included in The Southern Poetry Anthology, V: Georgia, Sunrise from Blue ThunderNurturing Paws, Echoes Across the Blue Ridge, and is forthcoming in Hotel Amerika. In 2012 she received the 1st Place Award for Excellence in Poetry from the Georgia Poetry Society.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Congratulations to Martha O. Owens on the publication of her book of poetry, "Buried Seed"

Martha O. Adams’ new poems resonate with melodic sounds, pounding rhythms and soulful meaning. Each poem, a buried seed sprouting from hospital rooms and circle dances, from wilderness and swirling galaxies, invites us to marvel at life’s wonders. In the spirit of Mary Oliver and Wendell Berry, she champions unforgettable images wrapped in ancestral wisdom challenging us to care for Earth and our own buried seeds. Karen Luke Jackson, Ed.D, poet, spiritual director, retreat leader with the Center for Courage and Renewal.

Easiest way to order is simply click here on Martha’s new book. Or you can go to, click on “books,” type on the search line, Buried Seed. Your copy(s) will be shipped to you and you’ll be billed by Amazon.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Local Author, Jack Prather, to introduce new book at The Green Room Café, Henderson, NC, April 18, 2015

Local author Jack J. Prather will introduce his second book of biographies, "Six Notable Women of North Carolina" (200-pages/81-photos), at The Green Room Café, 536 North Main Street in Hendersonville on Saturday, April 18th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. There is no obligation to browse the book, or to chat with the author.

 Featured in the book is the life journey of West Hendersonville High School graduate and former state tennis champion Jennifer Pharr Davis, who set the world record for thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail among both men and women hikers or runners. She traversed 47-miles-per-day for almost 47 consecutive days, and for that feat was named 'Adventurer of the Year' by National Geographic.

Other 'Notables' are Kathy Reichs, author of 19 Temperance Brennan novels and the inspiration for the long-running "Bones" TV-series; KathrynStripling Byer, NC Poet Laureate from 2005-9; Millie Ravenel, founder of the Center for International Understanding and co-founder of the NC Friendship Force; Anne Ponder, Chancellor Emerita of UNC Asheville; and Sharon Decker, former NC Secretary of Commerce and the first woman Duke Power Vice-President.

Prather's "TwelveNotables of Western North Carolina" (400-pages/134-photos) that was nominated for the 2012 NC Literary & Historical Association Ragan Award for Non-Fiction; and his 2009 serial-killer thriller titled The Day of the Knights (400-pages), will also be shown at the event.

 For further information contact Green Room owner Sue Green at 692-6335.

Jack J. Prather