Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Local Poet, Joan M. Howard to read at Coffee with the Poets and Writers, Wednesday, June 20, 2018, at Moss Memorial Library, Hayesville, NC

Joan M. Howard

Joan M. Howard will be the featured reader at CWPW, on June 20, 2018, at 10:30 AM, at the Moss Memorial Library, Hayesville, NC. Howard's poetry has been published in POEM, The Road Not Taken: The Journal of Formal Poetry, the Aurorean, Lucid Rhythms, Victorian Violet, the Wayfarer and other literary journals.  

Howard has two published books to date, the first, Death and Empathy: My Sister Web, published in 2017, is available on  Her second book, Jack, Love and the Daily Grail, is available from Kelsay publications and 

Howard is a former teacher with an MA in German and English literature and member of the North Carolina Writers' Network West and North Carolina Writers Network.  She enjoys birding and kayaking on the beautiful waters of Lake Chatuge near Hiawassee, Georgia.

Coffee with the Poets and Writers (CWPW), is sponsored by the North Carolina Writers’ Network West. The public is invited to attend, and there will be an open Mic following Howard’s reading.
For more information, please contact Glenda Beall at: or call at: 828-389-4441.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Do you like mysteries? Do you like police mysteries?

A Meth dealer often has many enemies, so it's no surprise when one is found murdered in the cab of his pickup truck in a parking lot frequented by fishermen.  There are lots of potential suspects and motives galore, but, after all have been thoroughly examined, Roscoe Chief of Police Matt Davis finds himself at somewhat of a dead end - that is, until he encounters the Trentweilers.
Ron and Winona are a pair of Pentecostal preachers with cloudy pasts, who have made their way from Alabama, north along the spine of the Appalachian Mountains and into Matt's "backyard" in the Catskills.  To make things even more intriguing, they have lately begun to incorporate venomous snakes into their religious "act."  What secrets are this ex-convict and his spouse hiding in their respective closets? Is Brother Ron exactly what he appears to be?  Is he a religious convert or just a con man?   And what about Winona?  Who is she and where did she come from? These and other questions confront Chief of Police Matt Davis in Twice Bitten, as he once again comes face to face with murder in the sleepy village of Roscoe, NY.

Does this sound interesting to you? This is a description of a mystery novel, Twice Bitten, by Joe Perone, Jr.. He is one of the NCWN-Reps in Henderson County, NC. 

Joe worked as a sportswriter for the Passaic-Clifton, NJ, Herald News. He also worked as a freelance advertising copywriter. Joe has a passion for fly fishing and worked as a professional fly-fishing guide for ten years in the Catskill Mountains of New York. He has had several fly-fishing short stories published in the Mid Atlantic Fly Fishing Guide. Combining both his work and his hobby produced a number of books that you can see on his blog or author website.

At least once a year, Joe heads back to his favorite fishing spot in the Catskills to fish his beloved Beaverkill, Willowemoc, and other trout streams; and he uses the time to recharge his batteries and conceive new plots for his books. Visit his Author Page to see his Matt Davis Mystery series and other books by this prolific writer.

Joe posts once a week on his Wordpress blog.

Joe is an author who does all the things needed to promote himself and his writing. He has an online presence with website, blog and author’s page on Amazon. When new writers ask me what they should do to advertise their books, I will send them to Joe Perone’s online addresses.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

CWTPW on Wednesday, May 16, 2018, will feature writers Estelle Darrow Rice and Glenda Council Beall; event to be held at the Moss Memorial Library, Hayesville, NC

Coffee with the Poets and Writers will meet Wednesday, May 16, 2018, 10:30 AM, at the Moss Memorial Library in Hayesville, NC. Estelle Rice and Glenda Beall will be featured this month.

ESTELLE DARROW RICE is a retired mental health counselor who lives in Marble, NC. She is a native of Charlotte and many of her stories center on her life there and in the mountains of western NC where she and her late husband, Nevin, lived the past twenty years. She is author of Quiet Times, an inspirational poetry chapbook and has published poems and stories in numerous journals and anthologies. She taught writing classes for NCWN-West and at Glenda Beall’s studio, Writers Circle around the Table.

GLENDA COUNCIL BEALL: In 1998, Glenda Beall published a family history book, Profiles and Pedigrees, Thomas C. Council and His Descendants based on the lives of her grandfather and his ten children. Her poetry chapbook, Now Might as Well be Then was published in 2009 by Finishing Line Press.

She has been writing and publishing poetry, memoir and short stories since 1996 when she moved to Clay County, NC. She teaches writing at her studio as well as the Institute of Continuing Learning in Young Harris, GA and Tri-County Community College in Murphy, NC.

Her website is:

Estelle and Glenda will be reading from their forthcoming book, Paws, Claws, Hooves, Feathers and Fins, which will be published this summer. Both writers are animal lovers and decided to collaborate and co-write a collection of poems and stories about the pets they have loved and also other non-human species including birds and fish.

The public is invited to attend Coffee with the Poets and Writers and to take part in Open Mic. Because of time constraints, readers are asked to read no more than two poems or a prose piece of about 1500 words.

This event is sponsored by the North Carolina Writers’ Network West, a program of the state literary organization, North Carolina Writers’ Network.

Contact Glenda Beall, 828-389-4441 or for more information.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Poets Bell, Gage and Ricketson to read at The Literary Hour at John C. Campbell Folk School Brasstown, NC, on Wednesday, May 16, 2018

This Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at 7:00 PM, the North Carolina Writers' Network-West will sponsor The Literary Hour, at the John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, NC. The event will be held in the Keith House in the Community Room. The reading is free of charge and open to the public.

Staci Lynn Bell is a retired 25-year radio/ television host and commercial production copy writer. She is also an elite dog trainer.  Her emceeing skills have allowed her to serve an emcee for many NCWN-West conferences and events. Staci writes poetry, creative non-fiction, memoir and essays. She has been published in, Kakalak 2017, 2016, and several online journals, including, Wild Goose Poetry Review, Wolf Warriors Anthology II. Bell has poems in numerous Old Mountain Press Anthologies, Bell’s poem, "Escape" was published in the Old Mountain Press Anthology, Wish You Were Here. Her poem, "Unanswered Prayers" was published in the fall edition of Kakalak 2016. Additionally, her poem, "Time," won a bronze medal and her short story, "Cheyenne" won a silver medal in the North Carolina Cherokee and Clay County's Silver Arts 2016.

Joan Ellen Gage is an author of humor and inspiration written from her own unique perspective. Her photos are the spice in the mix that serve to punctuate the writing and add that special garnish to her creations. She has written and published five books, Water Running Downhill!, Embracing Your Inner Cheerleader!, A Redhead Looks At 60, Trinity's Adventures in Imagination, and a special edition of Water Running Downhill! the Rose Edition, as a tribute to her friend Rose Helena Macedo Kull. Gage is serves as administrator for the NCWN-West’s blog. Additionally, Ms. Gage has two blogs, Traveling at the Speed of Now,,and A Redhead Blogs at 60!, https://joanszoneblogalicious

Mary Ricketson of Murphy NC, has been writing poetry for 20 years; to satisfy a hunger, to taste life down to the very last drop. She is inspired by nature and her work as a mental health counselor. Her poetry has been published in Wild Goose Poetry Review, Future Cycle Press, Journal of Kentucky Studies, and the anthologies, Lights in the Mountains, and Echoes Across the Blue Ridge, Freeing Jonah, and her chapbook I Hear the River Call my Name. Mary's second poetry book is Hanging Dog Creek; her third book, Shade and Shelter, is newly released from Kelsay Books.
Ricketson is Cherokee County's Representative for the North Carolina Writers Network-West, and is president of Ridgeline Literary Alliance. Ricketson writes a monthly column, "Women to Women", for The Cherokee Scout, Murphy , NC’s newspaper. She is a Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor, an organic blueberry farmer, and is currently working on a new collection of poetry.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Rupert is Back... Along with Jennifer Lux + Open Mic

May 18th Writers' Night Out, Blairsville, GA 

As Writers' Night Out audiences know. Rupert Fike draws a crowd wherever he reads. Now he's got a new book, Hello the House, you won't want to miss. It won the Snake Nation Press Award. 

This month, we also feature Jennifer Lux with her award-winning new book from Press 53 (Winston-Salem, NC), White Portals. She's a PhD in English, an excellent poet, and the widow of famous poet Thomas Lux. Her readings are captivating and intelligent.

And in other good news: The View Grill is now open for dinner. Last season, they improved their menu and service, so give them a try and come socialize will all of us, but please arrive by 6. You can also bring a drink to the first floor meeting room we're in. 

We welcome prose writers and poets to open mic -- one 3-minute piece each (about 1 page, Times New Roman, 12-point). Sign up at the door.