Sunday, August 12, 2018

The Good News from NCWN-West members

Kudos to our great storyteller, Gary Carden
He says: "My good news is that plans are underway to film my play "Birdell." Hopefully, the actress, Bobbie Curtis will be able to come to Cullowhee and perform in the Mountain Heritage theater. Neal Hutcheson will make the film.  At the same time, Neal is working on a new DVD of my life which will probably be entitled, "Storyteller."  Finally, I have been asked to perform for the Smithsonian Institute when it visits WCU this fall."

Let's all send our congratulations to Gary!
Gary Carden

Congratulations to Carol Crawford for her published essay, Deliveries, in Adelaide Magazine. The perfect piece for empty-nesters, for mothers who know they must let their fledglings fly. Carol writes an excellent literary essay.

Publications where Karen Paul Holmes’  poems have appeared since this spring include:Verse Daily,  Valparaiso Review, Emrys Journal,  Anesthesia Magazine (American Society of Anesthesiologists)

And her book No Such Thing as Distance (Terrapin, 2018) was reviewed in Main Street Rag, Broadkill Review, Tweetspeak Poetry. In The Washington Independent Review of Books, the reviewer said, "I’ll take this book on vacation with me. It’s that entertaining and moving; it wants to be read twice."

Lisa Turner has been busy and will continue to be busy it seems:
Just got an article on whole plane parachutes published in KITPLANES magazine!

And she will begin writing for them regularly. Lisa is currently a monthly columnist for Sport Aviation.She is still writing monthly columns for the Clay County Progress. Sales are brisk on the articles compendium, House Keys.
Available on amazon.  Lisa is working on a flying adventures memoir, expected to publish in 2019.

Catherine Carter has something to crow about:

--My poem "Womb-room" recently won the 2018 James Applewhite poetry contest from North Carolina Literary Review.  It'll be out in summer 2019.
--My poem "Billy Collins Pours Me a Beer" appeared last month in the 2018 edition of North Carolina Literary Review (it took third place in last year's Applewhite contest.) 
--My poem "Hornets' Nest" came out in Ecotone this past spring. 

Catherine is one of our Jackson County Reps. She hosts an Open Mic each month. Hat's Off for Catherine.

 Adair Sanders is traveling. She says:
I will be the speaker at Appalachian State's Library Advisory Board Fundraiser Dinner on 9/13 in Blowing Rock, NC; I will be speaking at Burlingame Country Club in Sapphire, NC on 9/11, and doing a reading and signing at Lemuria Bookstore in Jackson,MS on 9/22.  At App State and Burlingame I have been asked to talk about the Allison Parker series and how it came to be. At Lemuria I will be reading from the 4th book in the mystery series, Suffer the Children, and giving a sneak preview of Wolf, book 5 in the series which will be out later this year.

Diane C.  McPhail has earned our congratulations:
 My novel, THE ABOLITIONIST’S DAUGHTER, will be released in hardback from Kensington the end of April, 2019. Yesterday I received word that sale of the audio has been contracted. The novel is one of 25 debut accepted ab SIBA, so I will have my inaugural appearance and signing there in Tampa in September. I and the novel were recently featured in an article in The Laurel Magazine. You can find Diane on Facebook as Diane Cox McPhail.
Bob Grove, our Goodwill Ambassador has been teaching a weekly writing class entitled "Prose for the Pros" at Young Harris College's Institute for Continued Learning (ICL) program. He emphasizes variety in writing, and the students have honed their skills in fiction and non-fiction. Bob has distributed NCWN-West brochures, and several students have expressed interest in attending critique sessions. Bob was second place winner in the NCWN-West Flash Fiction contest.  Find Bob’s publications at 

Our oldest NCWN –West member, Estelle Darrow Rice, is looking forward to meeting and greeting people when she and her co-author, Glenda Beall, read and sign Paws, Claws, Hooves, Feathers and Fins, a collection of their stories and poems to be published in September. Discounted pre-publication orders are being taken now. Contact Glenda Beall, for ordering information.This book will make an excellent Christmas gift.

Tom Davis of Old Mountain Press is pleased to announce the publication of its 36th anthology in its series of poetry and prose anthologies. Fun in the Surf contains the writings (poetry 38 lines or less and short-shorts 325 words or less) of 50 authors from around the country. Its theme is anything about rivers, oceans, lakes, water activities, costal people, the coast, etc. or summer in general. To View OMP eBooks for Kindle and NOOK visit

Loren Leith tells us, "I've just been informed that my short, nonfiction story, "The Go-Girl", has made it through to the Semi-finals in the 2018 Royal Palm Literary Award Competition, a large, national contest with thousands of entries." We are happy for Loren and wish her the best of luck in this contest.

Brenda Kay Ledford's poem, "Fractured," will appear in Samsara Magazine, Issue No. 21, August 2018.
Congratulations, Brenda! 

Nancy Janes Zelman sent this good news:
"One of my books, The Boy Who Walked A Way won an Indie Brag Award.
A coveted award for those who independently publish." 
       Thank you, Nancy for letting us know about this award. Great news for Indie authors.

Katie Winkler sent us this: "An excerpt from my novel "Flood" was published in a special edition of The Pisgah Review in May. Authors highlighted in the special edition include Jane Smiley, Robert Morgan and Sy Montgomery, the illustrious faculty of the 2017 Looking Glass Rock Writers' Conference in Brevard, North Carolina.
My short story entitled "Pilgrimage" is forthcoming in the Bethlehem Writers Roundtable (October)."  Tip of the hat to Katie.

Charley Pearson:  My medical thriller SCOURGE is due to release on Tuesday, August 14, from Fiery Seas Publishing. They distribute through Ingram so bookstores can easily order it. Find Charley at : 
Here's a quote from Kirkus:  “Imaginative and full of action...continually shifting the quirky plot into places that are both surprising and fantastical.”
- Kirkus Reviews
     This makes me want to read  this book. How about you?

Kanute Rary is a story teller and a writer: "In July I wrote a 1500 word story titled, Money is a Mystery to Me! The story summaries what I learned about money growing up and some surprises I learned along the way. I was able to tell the story on stage in Asheville at the monthly StorySlam Storytelling event sponsored and produced by The Moth and National Public Radio."

Carolyn Bennett Fraiser  - sent a listing of her recent publications:
"Planting Blessings", a non-fiction articles for children in Clubhouse Magazine (May 2018)
"No Fear," a devotional for teens published in DevoZine (May/June 2018)
"I Will Follow You," a devotional for adults published on 2018)
"Roller Coaster Faith," a devotional for adults published in The Secret Place (Fall 2018) -- It just arrived in my mailbox! 

Good Sites to See  Robert Brooks tells about how writers of two different generations collaborate to write a book. This might give you ideas on how to work with younger people to produce an interesting book of your own.

Alarka Expeditions owned and operated by NCWN-West Member, poet,  Brent Martin and his wife, Angela, has been quite busy all summer. This is his latest news:
"We are hosting a writers workshop here (Franklin, Macon County) on October 20th with Paul Kvinta, who is an environmental journalist.  It's titled "Ink for the Environment."  It's an all day workshop starting at 9 and running until 4.  More at our website or  email me at for more info.  Thanks!
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