Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Open Mic Reading at City Lights, Sylva, July 29th, 7 pm

Good morning!  Netwest of Jackson County is once again hosting its monthly Open Mic night at City Lights Bookstore of Sylva this Friday night, July 29th, at 7:00 p.m.  As always, there will be beverages and desserts.  Length of each reading depends on the size of the crowd...and, if all goes well, we may now have a microphone, so that readers don't have to compete with the air conditioner.  Come on out! 

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Your Daily Poem.com presents its Third Annual Poetry Writing Workshop October 21–23, 2016 Black Mountain, NC

Think poetry is boring? Think again! Come spend an inspiring, relaxing weekend listening to, laughing at, learning from, and loving poetry in a gorgeous mountain setting. Spend time with some of Your Daily Poem’s most charismatic, successful poets as they guide and encourage you in turning poetry into an uplifting and
satisfying part of your life. Space is limited; register now so you don’t miss out at www.YourDailyPoem.com.

What is Your Daily Poem? YourDailyPoem.com was born in 2009 as a way to prove that poetry is
not the dull and boring thing too many people (incorrectly!) believe it to be. Today, well over 25,000 people visit YDP each month to enjoy poems about everything from cheeseburgers and cheerleading to activism and
autism. Are you fascinated by the details and nuances of everyday life? Do honesty, wit, and introspection 

make you smile? Could you use a 2-minute infusion of something fresh to perk up your  everyday routines? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, come be a part of the YDP family!

Whether you’re someone who wrote off poetry years ago as a waste of time, someone who doesn’t know much  about poetry but wonders how it might enrich your life, an aspiring poet in search of direction, or
a poetry lover eager to share your passion with like-minded folk, there’s a place for you at Your Daily Poem. Learn more at www.YourDailyPoem.com
Accommodations for our 2016 event are at the beautiful Blue Ridge retreat and conference center in Black Mountain, North Carolina. Nestled in the heart of Western North Carolina, just 15 minutes from Asheville, you’ll be just 2 miles off I-40, and conveniently located to airports in Asheville, Charlotte, and Greenville, SC. 

Presenters will be Jan Seale, Edwin Romand, Ruth Moose, and Gilbert Allen. Please visit YourDailyPoem.com, for the schedule of events, and information on accomodations, etc. 

Links for this workshop are:

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Excerpts from NCWN-West's Coffee with the Poets & Writers, July 20, 2016, featuring Joan Ellen Gage, reading from her books for women

Women's book writer, Joan Ellen Gage read at NCWN-West's event, Coffee with the Poets and Writers, Wednesday, July 20, 2016, at the Moss Memorial Library, Hayesville, NC. Gage has written 5 books, including 4 books for women, Water Running Downhill, Embracing Your Inner Cheerleader, A Redhead Looks at 60, and Water Running Downhill, the Rose Edition, dedicated to Rose Helena Macedo Kull.

Here are links to Gage's reading:

You can see some of Joan's other work on her blogs:


Thursday, July 14, 2016

Women’s Writer Joan Ellen Gage to read at Coffee with the Poets and Writers, at the Moss Memorial Library, Hayesville, NC, July 20, 2016, 10:30 AM

On July 20th, 2016, at 10:30 AM, North Carolina Writers’ Network-West member, Joan Ellen Gage, will read from her books at the Moss Memorial Library at Coffee with the Poets and Writers. Gage writes specifically for women, her writing is humorous, inspiring, and geared to midlife experiences as a woman. She highlights her writing with her, often comedic, photo-creations.

Joan’s books include Water Running Downhill, Embracing Your Inner Cheerleader, Trinity’s Adventures in Imagination, and A Redhead Looks at 60. All Gage's books are available in paperback and in eBooks. 

For more information on this event, please contact the Moss Memorial Library at 828-389-8401.

Joan's blogs:


Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Photos from NCWN-West's booth at the Festival on the Square, Hayesville, NC, July 2016

North Carolina Writers' Network West's booth at the Festival on the Square, Hayesville, North Carolina hosted poet and writer attendees including: Tom and Polly Davis, Glenda Council Beall, Mary Ricketson, Rosemary Royston, Marcia Hawley Barnes, Joan M. Howard, Lucy Cole Gratton, Janice Townley Moore, Staci Lynn Bell,Bob Grove, and Joan Ellen Gage. Below are some photos of the event.

Rosemary Royston

Glenda Council Beall

Bob Grove and Lucy Cole Gratton

Glenda Council Beall, Bob Grove, Lucy Cole Gratton, Janice Townley Moore, and Lucy Rozier. Hidden is Joan M. Howard

Tom Davis and Janice Townley Moore
Marcia Hawley Barnes

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Staci Lynn Bell has poetry published in an Old Mountain Press anthology, won medals for poetry and prose, and has a poem accepted in the Fall issue of Kakalak

Local poet Staci Lynn Bell's poem, "Escape" has been published in Old Mountain Press Anthology, Wish You Were Here. Staci's  poem, "Unanswered Prayers" has been accepted for publication in the fall edition of. Kakalak 2016.
Additionally, Bell's poem, "Time," won a bronze medal and her short story, "Cheyenne" won a silver medal in the NC Cherokee and Clay County's Silver Arts 2016. 

Staci Lynn Bell is a Chicago native who attended the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She relocated to South Florida, gaining popularity as a 25 year radio and television personality. Bell’s poetry and prose have also been published in Wild Goose Poetry, Wolf Warriors Anthology,and 234 Journal. She lives with the loves of her life, her two dogs, in Hayesville, NC.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Poet Maren O. Mitchell has poem published in Spring 2016 issue of Town Creek Poetry, an online journal

Local poet Maren O. Mitchell has had her poem, "Shelters", published in the Spring 2016 issue of Town Creek Poetry. Town Creek Poetry is an online poetry journal which is published every spring and fall. That link is here:


Mitchell's poems have appeared in Iodine Poetry Journal, The Lake (UK), Appalachian Heritage, The South Carolina Review, Hotel Amerika, Southern Humanities Review, Town Creek Poetry, Skive (AU), The Journal of Kentucky Studies, Appalachian Journal, The Arts Journal, The Southern Poetry Anthologies, V: Georgia & VII: North Carolina, Sunrise from Blue Thunder and elsewhere. Work is forthcoming in Hotel Amerika, The World Is Charged: Poetic Engagements with Gerard Manley Hopkins, Chiron Review, Poetry East, The Crafty Poet II, Tar River Poetry and Poem

Mitchell lives with her husband in the mountains of Georgia.

Town Creek Poetry