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Wednesday, 21 January 2015 00:00

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Professor releases chapbook

A recently published chapbook of poetry titled Marks of the Witch by Catherine Carter, associate professor of English at Western Carolina University, explores topics ranging from time and feeling inadequate to getting gnawed on by crickets.

The 20-page book of poems won the 2014 Jacar Press Chapbook Contest and is now available from Jacar Press, an independent publisher of full-length collections, chapbooks, anthologies and limited edition collectible book art. Carter said that although some of the poems in the chapbook were inspired by a rough time in her life, she hopes readers will find the overall arc hopeful. She traces her interest in the literary craft to childhood when she heard poetry on a regular basis as a result of “rare opportunities” and “rare parents.” 

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READing Paws at Hudson Library

Children ages 6-12 are invited to practice early reading skills by reading to a canine companion from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. every Tuesday at the Hudson Library in Highlands.

Beebles, an Old English sheepdog from READing Paws, is one of the newest volunteers. She loves kids, is an excellent listener and never turns down a good story.

Dogs are now being used in many school and library settings to help motivate youngsters to read. The use of trained therapy dogs in reading programs can result in children who feel comfortable reading out loud, read more often and attempt more challenging books. As kids improve their literacy skills, they’re learning to love to read. Many times children never get a chance to read without someone telling them that they have mispronounced a word or skipped a part of the story. Reading dogs, such as Beebles, provide children with the opportunity to simply enjoy reading.

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Cox to present new book

Writer Chris Cox will read from his new essay collection The Way We Say Goodbye at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva.  

The collection is sometimes hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes wistful, but always beautifully written. Cox is a columnist for The Smoky Mountain News, and the author of another book, Waking Up in a Cornfield. His columns have won numerous awards on the state and national level and have been reprinted in magazines such as The Reader’s Digest and Smoky Mountain Living. He teaches English at Southwestern Community College in Sylva. 


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