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Celebrate National Poetry Month at Jackson library

For the month of April, the Jackson County Library in Sylva will host events as part of the Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poetry Series.

The series was created as a result of past NC Poet Laureate, Fred Chappell, who encouraged the NC Poetry Society in 2003 to create such a program to foster the reading, writing, and enjoyment of poetry across the state. 

Join current Distinguished Poet for the western part of North Carolina, Brent Martin, with student poets to hear them present their current work. Poet Alison Howe will read April 23, with Mary Christensen April 30. All events begin at 6:30 p.m. 

Martin is the author of three chapbook collections of poetry — Poems from Snow Hill Road (New Native Press, 2007), A Shout in the Woods (Flutter Press, 2010), and Staring the Red Earth Down (Red Bird Press, 2014).  

The event is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Jackson County Public Library. Free.


Touching memoir, poetry at Blue Ridge

Authors Debra Dalton and Diana Kenney and poet Kirk Thomas will each present their works on Saturday, April 18, at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville.

• Dalton and Kenney will read from their co-authored memoir How Cancer Transformed Our Lives at 3 p.m. Dalton, the primary writer of the book, was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 1990. She began writing because she saw the need for her story to be shared, and it’s her voice that you hear so distinctly at its onset as she details the first 15 years of her journey with cancer. The book also offers advice and recommendations she wishes to pass on to everyone touched by cancer.  

• In celebration of Poetry Month, Thomas will discuss his work Miscellaneous Musings and Other Odd Thoughts: The Desert Poems. Thomas volunteered for Army Special Forces during the Vietnam War. He got out of the army, but later returned to Special Forces, then worked as a military contractor in Saudi Arabia after his retirement. These poems come mainly from his time in Saudi Arabia.   



Harvey to present at City Lights

Author Steven Harvey will discuss his work The Book of Knowledge and Wonder at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 18, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva.

There is a reason why we can’t let go of haunting memories and they can’t let go of us. Memories, especially bad ones, can be clues to who we really are. They can help us sharpen our understanding of the meaning and purposes of our lives. The Book of Knowledge and Wonder is a memoir about claiming a legacy of wonder from knowledge of a devastating event. 

Harvey is a professor Emeritus of English at Young Harris College, Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Ashland MFA, Senior Editor of River Teeth Magazine, the creator of The Humble Essayist website, and the author of three collections of personal essays. 


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