Saturday, September 23, 2017

NCWN-West and Georgia Poetry Society Team Up for Two Events

An exciting weekend is in store in Blairsville, Georgia (a lovely mountain community on the border of NC)

October 13: Writers' Night Out, 7 pm

October 14: Georgia Poetry Society meeting (non-members welcome), 9:30 am-3 pm


Writers' Night Out features two local writers, Mary Michelle Keller and Natalie Grant.
Open mic follows - sign up at the door to read poetry or prose for 3 minutes. 
Union County Community Center in the heart of Blairsville, GA. Food and drink available (self-pay) at the View Grill - please arrive by 6 pm if you're having dinner. 

The Georgia Poetry Society quarterly meeting takes place at the Choestoe Schoolhouse, Blairsville. 
Featured presenters: Georgia poets Travis Denton and Katie Chaple. NC poets, Tina Barr and Brett Martin

The day includes presentations on craft, hands-on writing exercises, poetry contest announcements, and an open mic—plus the camaraderie and good spirits of fellow writers. Breakfast items will be provided, and lunch from G & G Bakery and Café will be available for purchase on site. While the meeting will be geared toward poetry enthusiasts, all writers are welcome. More info here: GPS Fall meeting. If you plan on having lunch, please RSVP to Lyn Hopper by Oct. 10 at gpstreas@gmail.com 

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Were you there when Kathryn Byer held a party for NCWN West writers?

Linda Smith, Michelle Keller, Kathryn Byer at City Lights Books in Sylva, NC
We gathered at City Lights Books August 8, 2010 to launch Echoes Across the Blue Ridge. Kathryn Byer hosted the gathering of more than 100 writers and poets, most of whom were published in this anthology of mountain writers, edited by Nancy Simpson.

See many more photos and read more about this special time here.

We are honoring the late NC poet laureate, Kathryn Stripling Byer, on Sunday, October 1, 2017 at the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva, NC. 
We will gather at 2:00 p.m. to hear her poems, to hear about her achievements, her caring and compassion for others, especially poets she helped on their way to becoming published. 
A reception will follow, a time to talk with others who knew and loved Kay.
Come and be with us.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Local poets Joan Ellen Gage and Mary A. Ricketson to read at The Literary Hour at John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, NC, on Thursday, September 21, 2017, at 7:00 PM



The Literary Hour AT JOHN C. CAMPBELL FOLK SCHOOL

 On Thursday, September 21st, 2017 at 7:00 PM, John C. Campbell Folk School and NC Writers Network-West are sponsoring The Literary Hour, an hour of poetry and prose reading held at Keith House on the JCCFS campus. This is usually held on the third Thursday of the month.  The reading is free of charge and open to the public.  Poet Mary A. Ricketson and writer/poet Joan Ellen Gage will be the featured readers. Both of these authors are residents of the area and published extensively.  It should be an entertaining evening.

Mary A. Ricketson

Mary A. Ricketson, Murphy NC, has been writing poetry 20 years.  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, Lights in the Mountains, Echoes Across the Blue Ridge, Red Fox Run, It’s All Relative, Old Mountain Press, Whispers. Additionally, Ricketson has published a  chapbook, I Hear the River Call my Name, and a full length collection of poetry, Hanging Dog Creek, published by Future Cycle Press, both books are available on Amazon.com..  

 Currently Mary is using her own poetry to present empowerment workshops, combining roles as writer with her helping role as a therapist. Mary Ricketson’s poems and activities relate with nature, facilitate talk about a personal path and focus on growth in ordinary and unusual times.

Ricketson is Cherokee County representative to North Carolina Writers Network West, and president of Ridgeline Literary Alliance. She won first place in the 2011 Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest 75th Anniversary National Poetry Contest. This year she received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Marquis Who’s Who. 

Mary A. Ricketson  writes a monthly column, Women to Women, for The Cherokee Scout.  She is a Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor and an organic blueberry farmer.
  
Joan Ellen Gage

Joan Ellen Gage is an author of humor and inspiration written from her own unique perspective. Her recipe for her writing focuses on staying upbeat and laughing at her own foibles. Joan’s photos are the spice in the mix that serve to punctuate the writing and add that special garnish to her creations.

Joan 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. All her books are available on Amazon.com as regular books, and as ebooks. 

Gage has given several author talks, and had several radio interviews. She is a member of her area’s writing group, NC Writers’ Network-West, serving as an administrator for their blog. 
Additionally, Ms. Gage has two blogs, Traveling at the Speed of Now, www.joanellengage.com,and A Redhead Blogs at 60!, https://joanszoneblogalicious @wordpress.com.

Joan Ellen Gage lives in Western North Carolina with her husband and their Belgian Tervuren dog, Magnolia.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Local poet Donald E. Long to read at Coffee with the Poets and Writers at Moss Memorial Library, Hayesville, NC, at 10:30, on September 20, 2017



Coffee with the Poets and Writers meets monthly at the Moss Memorial Library, 26 Anderson Street, Hayesville, NC. On Wednesday, September 20, 2017, Retired Lieutenant Colonel Don Long of Cherokee County will be the featured North Carolina Writers' Network-West member who will read his poetry.

Donald E. Long, MS, ISASI, CSE, was born and raised in Sebring, Florida. After two years of college, he enlisted in the U.S. Army as a Private, earned his commission, and later served two one-year tours in Vietnam as a helicopter pilot. He had numerous other flight assignments stateside and in Germany flying helicopters and multi-engine turbine airplanes. While in the Army he completed college to earn his Bachelor's degree and a Master's degree.

In 1980, after serving four years at the Army Safety Center in Ft. Rucker, Alabama, Long retired as a Lt. Colonel. He began a second career with the U.S. Federal Government as a Safety Professional, retiring a second time in 2000. During his two careers, he lived in, or visited, over 25 countries.
Starting in his teen years and all throughout his entire adult life Donald Long has written poems, mostly for his own enjoyment, but on request he sometimes wrote poems for special occasions. For a short while after retiring from the Army he had a business called “People Poems.” He wrote poems for others for a fee after they provided him pertinent information. The business was doing well, but he obtained a time-consuming position with the Government which necessitated closing the business.

Publication has not been his goal and he has made little effort to publish his poetry except in local newspapers. He writes poems for personal reasons and enjoys the challenge of using rhyme. One of his poems, “I’m Glad It’s Mine” has been used during citizenship swearing-in ceremonies in central Florida and for central Florida Flag Day ceremonies. Also, one of his combat stories was published in a compilation called “The Harsh and the Heart” and “Vietnam Helicopter Crew Member Stories, Volume 2”.

Don’s long and illustrious career includes earning a BA in Psychology, MS in Personnel Counseling and Human Development, and a Commercial Pilots license for airplanes and helicopters.

Recently, while in Washington, DC, his poem about Vietnam Veterans and the Flag was accepted for the Army Historical Archives. A veteran friend had told some at the Pentagon about the Vietnam Poem and the Pentagon asked for one. While at the Pentagon he also presented a copy of each to the Secretary of the Army.

Don Long has been married for 31 years to his wife Marti, and they have children and grandchildren spread out in Central Florida, California, Pennsylvania, and North Georgia.

Everyone is invited to hear this reading and to participate in the Open Microphone session that follows. Writers and readers and those who like to listen to poetry will enjoy this program. NCWN-West appreciates the Moss Library staff providing a room for us. Coffee with the Poets and Writers is sponsored by North Carolina Writers’ Network-West, is a program of the North Carolina Writers’ Network.

For more information contact Glenda Council Beall, 828-389-4441

Thursday, September 14, 2017

North Carolina Writers' Network to host second Online Open Mic on Wednesday, October 11, 2017, at 7:00 PM



The response was so positive to our first Online Open Mic this summer, we've decided to do it again! 

On Wednesday, October 11 ,at 7:00 pm, the North Carolina Writers' Network will host our second Online Open Mic! Registrants will be given five-minute time slots, and all genres are encouraged (fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, hybrid, etc.) 

Registration is free, but is limited to 16 participants, first-come, first served.

Please forward this to your regional group members, and consider joining us on October 11. If you're interested in attending, but don't want to read, keep an eye out for instructions on how to do that a bit closer to the event.

Here are the details:

"Online Open Mic"
When: Wednesday, October 11, 7:00-8:30 pm, EST
Where: Online (internet or phone connection required)
Cost: Free


This opportunity is available to anyone with an internet connection and a working microphone (and/or webcam) on their computer, or readers can participate over the phone.

Registrants will be sent log-in instructions no less than 24 hours prior to the Open Mic. 

Curious how it works? Listen to the archived recording of our first online open mic, here.

Again, please do forward this to your regional groups. We hope to see many of you there! 

--
Charles Fiore
Communications Director
(336) 293-8844 / charles@ncwriters.org