Showing posts with label poetry. Show all posts
Showing posts with label poetry. Show all posts

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Local Students receive awards for Simpson Beck Writing Contest in Hayesville, NC April 23, 2019





On Tuesday, April 23, 2019, Hayesville Middle and High Schools received awards for their entries in the Simpson Beck Student Writing Contest. The Clay County Historical and Arts Council (CCHAC) gave awards for the students. 

Winners of the Middle School Contest for Poetry were: 1st place, E. Holland, 2nd place, L. Gottlieb, and 3rd place, D. Fields.  

Winners of the High School Contest for Poetry were: 1st place, B. Johnson, 2nd place, M. Gottlieb, and 3rd place, M. Crawford.

Winners of the Middle School Personal Essay Contest were: 1st place, G. Gibson, and 2nd place, A. Gibson. There were no other entries.

Winners of the High School Personal Essay Contest were: 1st place, R. Bunch, 2nd place, B. Johnson, and 3rdplace, J. Green. 


Carroll S. Taylor, Janice Townley Moore, Rosemary Rhodes Royston

Judges for the contests were: Rosemary Rhodes Royston, Poetry judge, and Janice Townley Moore and Carroll S. Taylor, Personal Essay judges. 



Reba Beck and Joan Ellen Gage
This writing event was coordinated by English teacher Carla Beck, Joan Ellen Gage, representing NCWN-West, and by Reba Beck, from CCHAC, a retired art teacher from Hayesville High School. Reba Beck established the original contests, (which at the time included art work), along with Nancy Simpson (Brantley). Teacher Carla Beck was instrumental in coordinating the contest with the middle and high school.

Awards for the judges were furnished by The Copper Door Restaurant, Brother’s Willow Ranch Restaurant, and Rib Country (Hayesville).

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Poetry, Wine & Fun in Hiawassee, GA


free event

Wonderful Wednesday 
April 17 
5-7 pm
Poetry Reading - Karen Paul Holmes, 5:30




BodySense

2226 Ridge Crest Circle
Hiawassee, GA

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

The Literary Hour at JCCFS, Brasstown, NC, to feature Joan Ellen Gage, Bob Grove, and Carroll S. Taylor on Wednesday, April 17, 2019


On Wednesday, April 17, 2019, at 7:00 PM, John C. Campbell Folk School and NC Writers' Network-West will sponsor The Literary Hour. At this event, NCWN-West members will read at the Keith House on the JCCFS campus, in Brasstown, NC. The Literary Hour is held on the third Thursday of the month unless otherwise indicated. This reading is free of charge and open to the public. This month's featured readers will be Joan Ellen Gage, Bob Grove, and Carroll S. Taylor. For more information on this event, please contact Mary Ricketson at: maryricketson311@hotmail.com.


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. Gage’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 Macedo Kull. All of the books are available on Amazon. Currently, Gage is working on a new book entitled: Words of Defiance and Empowerment.

Gage is a former administrator for the NCWN-West blog. Additionally, Ms. Gage has two blogs, Traveling at the Speed of Now, www.joanellengage.com,and A Redhead Blogs at 60, https://joans-zone.com/.


Bob Grove: Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Bob holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Kent State University and a Master of Science degree from Florida Atlantic University. His diversified curriculum qualified him to teach high school courses in biology, anatomy and physiology, earth and space science, astronomy and space science, psychology, English, journalism, and creative writing.  

 Bob was an ABC-TV public affairs director and on-air program host, and founder and publisher of Monitoring Times Magazine. He has published 19 books and hundreds of articles in 23 magazines. Additionally, he has published a mystery novella, Secrets of Magnolia Manor, his memoir, Misadventures of an Only Child, a collection of children’s stories: Adventures of Kaylie and Jimmy, and many flash fiction stories as well as some poetry. Grove’s books can be found on Amazon.

Grove is prose critique facilitator for the North Carolina Writers Network and a co-facilitator of the Ridgeline Literary Alliance.


Carroll S. Taylor grew up in rural West Central Georgia. A graduate of Tift College (Mercer University) with a BA in French, she holds graduate degrees in French and English as well as an EdS in Educational Leadership. An educator for forty-three years, Taylor taught French, English, Journalism, Creative Writing, and ESL, and advised students to create and publish school newspapers and yearbooks. After retirement, she moved on to her second career as a part-time instructor at Columbus State University, teaching freshman composition. 

Taylor is the author of two young adult novels, Chinaberry Summer and Chinaberry Summer: On the Other Side. She is currently writing the third novel in the series, Chinaberry Summer: Down by the Water. Her books emphasize generational storytelling and respect for the valuable role of reptiles and amphibians in our ecosystem. One of the personal highlights of publishing her novels was her book reading held in the childhood home of Carson McCullers. 

Readers may find her journal blog at chinaberrysummer.com, and  follow her at: https://www.facebook.com/ChinaberrySummer/. .

Carroll is a member of North Carolina Writers’ Network, North Carolina Writers’ Network-West, and the Georgia Poetry Society.

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Come Hear Georgia's New Poet Laureate

Writers' Night Out starts with a bang...

Not only is Chelsea Rathburn the new Poet Laureate, but the New York Times selected her new book Still Life with Mother and Knife for their “New & Noteworthy” list. Though I haven't read her latest yet, Unquiet Things by our other poet, James Davis May, is one of my favorite poetry books. 

Please join us for this great reading, plus open mic: Sign up at the door to read up to 3 minutes of poetry or prose. Arrive by 6 pm if you'd like food or refreshment at The View Grill. 





Saturday, March 30, 2019

Simpson Beck Student Writing Contest to resume in April 2019


The Simpson Beck Writing Contest for Clay County Middle and High School will be held in April of this year. This contest is named for the late poet, Nancy Simpson, and for Reba Beck, retired art teacher for Clay County Schools. The categories for 2019, will be writing Poetry and Personal Essay. The contest commences on April 5, 2019, and the turn-in date for the entries is April 15. The winners will be announced at the Hayesville High Lecture Hall, on Tuesday, April 23rd, at 7:00 PM. 

This year’s judges are: Rosemary Rhodes Royston, for Poetry, and Janice Townley Moore and Carroll S. Taylor for Personal Essay.



Rosemary Rhodes Royston holds an MFA in Writing from Spalding University and is a lecturer at Young Harris College, Georgia. She is the author of Splitting the Soil (Finishing Line Press). Royston's poetry has been published in journals such as Appalachian Heritage, Split Rock Review, Southern Poetry Review, KUDZU, Town Creek Review, and *82 Review. She’s the VP for Planning and Special Projects at Young Harris College, where she teaches the occasional creative writing course. 

Her poetry has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, she was the recipient of the 2010 Literal Latte Food Verse Award, received Honorable Mention in a George Scarborough Poetry Contest, at the Mountain Heritage Literary Festival, and her short fiction being selected as Honorable Mention in the Porter Fleming Literary Awards, 2012. 

Royston is treasurer for the North Carolina Writers’ Network-West.


Janice Townley Moore, who lives in Hayesville, NC, is an Atlanta native and Associate Professor Emerita of English at Young Harris College. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals including The Georgia Review, Prairie Schooner, Connecticut Review, Southern Poetry Review, Poetry East, and The Journal of the American Medical Association

Moore's chapbook, Teaching the Robins, was published by Finishing Line Press. Among the anthologies that include her poems are The Bedford Introduction to Literature, and three volumes of: The Southern Poetry Anthology: Contemporary Appalachia, Georgia, and North Carolina from Texas Review Press. 

Moore serves as the coordinator of the North Carolina Writers’ Network-West poetry critique group, is a Rep for the North Carolina Writers’ Network-West and is on the poetry editorial board of The Pharos, publication of Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.


Carroll S. Taylor is a graduate of Tift College (Mercer University) with a BA in French. She holds graduate degrees in French and English as well as an EdS in Educational Leadership. She was an educator for forty-three years. As a secondary teacher, she taught French, English, Journalism, Creative Writing, and ESL. She advised students in the creation and publication of school newspapers and yearbooks. After her retirement, Taylor moved on to her second career as a part-time instructor at Columbus State University, teaching freshman composition. 

She is the author of two young adult novels, Chinaberry Summer and Chinaberry Summer: On the Other Side. She is currently writing the third novel in the series, Chinaberry Summer: Down by the Water. Her books emphasize generational storytelling and respect for the valuable role of reptiles and amphibians in our ecosystem. One of the personal highlights of publishing her novels was her book reading held in the childhood home of Carson McCullers. 

Carroll is a member of North Carolina Writers’ Network, and the Georgia Poetry Society. Readers may find her journal blog at chinaberrysummer.com.


Reba Beck, a former Art Instructor for Clay County Schools, and the President of the Clay County Historical and Arts Council, and Joan Ellen Gage, of North Carolina Writers’ Network West are sponsoring the Simpson Beck Student Writing Contest. High School English instructor Carla T. Beck, who is integral to this writing contest, is the contact for Clay County Middle and High School.