"This work is unlike any other, in its range of rich, conjuring imagery and its dexterity, its smart voice. Carroll-Hackett doesn’t spare us—but doesn’t save us—she draws a blueprint of power and class with her unflinching pivot: matter-of-fact and tender." —Jan Beatty

Posts tagged ‘North Carolina writers’

Monday Must Read! Helen Losse: Every Tender Reed

helen losseA former English teacher, Helen Losse was born in Joplin, MO and educated at Missouri Southern State University (BSE, 1969), where she majored in secondary education and English and Wake Forest University (MALS, 2000), where she studied African American history and religion and creative writing. Her master’s thesis, Making All things New: The Redemptive Value of Unmerited Suffering In the Life and Works of Martin Luther King Jr., is available in the Z. Smith Reynolds Library at Wake Forest University. She wrote four entries in the Encyclopedia of North Carolina.

She is the author of four books of poetry, Evey Tender Reed, Facing a Lonely West, Seriously Dangerous, and Better With Friends, as well as three chapbooks. Her poems have been anthologized in Literary Trails of the North Carolina Piedmont, The Southern Poetry Anthology, Volume VII: North Carolina, and Kakalak 2014, nominated twice for a Pushcart Prize, and three times for a Best of the Net award, one of which was a finalist. She was featured by Kathryn Stripling Byer, Poet Laureate of NC, on the North Carolina Arts Council web site along with two other Winston-Salem poets. Helen’s poem “Four Snapshots of the Sea-Going Boats,” won 1st place in the 2009 Davidson County Writers’ Guild Adult Writing Contest. The former Poetry Editor for The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature, she is now an Associate Poetry Editor for Kentucky Review.

Helen lives with her husband Bill in Winston-Salem, NC, where she occasionally writes book reviews for various literary magazines. She is a rail fan, a NASCAR fan, a Tony Stewart fan, a Kyle Busch fan, a Ryan Newman fan, a Kurt Busch, a Carl Edwards fan, a fan of the flip, a Dallas Cowboys fan, a Wake Forest Demon Deacons fan, and a fan of the Carolina Tar Heels. Helen is a Roman Catholic who loves Christmas. She and her husband have two grown sons.

Helen’s Website

Buy Helen’s Beautiful Books!

Every Tender Reed

Seriously Dangerous

Facing a Lonely West

Mansion of Memory

Better With Friends

Gathering the Broken Pieces

Praise for Every Tender Reed

If books of poetry were considered fitting contributions, Helen Losse’s Every Tender Reed, would be among the most heartfelt gifts in a church offering plate. With a keen eye for craft, Losse takes readers on a personal pilgrimage—pondering everything from the beauty of God’s creations to what it might feel like to “be consumed” in pursuit of spiritual purity. Written with fierce tenderness and the courage it takes to write poems both honest and true, this fine collection is a must read. “—Terri Kirby Erickson, author of A Lake of Light and Clouds

Helen Losse’s Every Tender Reed resonates with a tone of loving memory and forgiveness—a promise for the good life, the verses raising blinds on the dark to brighten songs born to all the world’s beauty. Grace becomes a natural outgrowth of Imagination’s repose. Red clover soft-lights the people; all of us are the ever-present tender reeds.”—Shelby Stephenson, North Carolina Poet Laureate

Losse’s Every Tender Reed is penance in poetry—honoring the reader as much as the Creator. This volume, for the most part, is a serene journey with the author as she walks the Path toward the enlightenment of self-knowledge.”—Patricia Gomes, Poet Laureate, City of New Bedford, MA

More From Helen Online

https://helenl.wordpress.com/interviews/

https://poetsgulfcoast.wordpress.com/2010/08/22/three-poems-by-helen-losse/

http://www.yourdailypoem.com/listpoem.jsp?poem_id=1606

http://www.yourdailypoem.com/listpoem.jsp?poem_id=381

http://kathrynstriplingbyer.blogspot.com/2010/02/what-others-may-know-what-we-knew-by.html

Hear Helen Read and Talk About Her Work

https://helenl.wordpress.com/recorded-in-time/

Women’s Voices for Change

https://womensvoicesforchange.org/poetry-friday-helen-losse-video.htm

Happy Reading!

xo

Mary

 

 

 

 


Monday Must Read! Al Maginnes, The Next Place

 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAl Maginnes is the author of seven full length collections and four chapbooks of poems, most recently The Next Place (Iris Press, 2017). He lives in Raleigh, North Carolina and teaches at Wake Technical Community College. His poems and reviews have appeared widely. He is music editor for Connotations Press and a member of Liberty Circus, a music and spoken word collective dedicated to raising money for those who work with immigrants and other forms of social justice.

Buy Al’s Beautiful Books

The Next Place

Film History

Music From Small Towns

Inventing Constellations

Ghost Alphabet

The Light in Our Houses

Taking Up Our Daily Tools

More from Al Online

https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/al-maginnes

http://www.ashevillepoetryreview.com/tag/al-maginnes

http://baltimorereview.org/index.php/winter_2012/contributor/al-maginnes

http://www.poemoftheweek.org/al_maginnes_id594.html

http://www.terrain.org/2013/poetry/two-poems-by-al-maginnes/

http://howapoemhappens.blogspot.com/2009/04/al-maginnes.html

https://www.connotationpress.com/poetry/1319-al-maginnes-poetry

Hear Al Read

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LMAFgZIr8YI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M6ogdXKsed8

Happy reading!

xo

Mary

Monday Must Read! The Life and Times of Persimmon Wilson, Nancy Peacock

 

I LOVE this book 🙂

nancy peacockThe fabulous and loving Nancy Peacock is the author of the novels Life Without Water and Home Across the Road, as well as the memoir, A Broom of One’s Own: Words on Writing, Housecleaning, and Life. She currently teaches writing classes and workshops in and around Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where she lives with her husband Ben. Her most recent novel, The Life and Times of Persimmon Wilson is a definite must read!

 

Visit Nancy’s website!

Buy The Life and Times of Persimmon Wilson

Praise for The Life and Times of Persimmon Wilson

“ ‘I have been to hangings before, but never my own…From this riveting beginning to the last perfect word, Nancy Peacock grabs her reader by the throat and makes him hang on for dear life as the action moves from a Louisiana sugar plantation to life among the western Comanches, bringing to blazing life her themes of race and true love caught in the throes of history. The Life and Times of Persimmon Wilson is as deeply moving and exciting an American saga as has ever been penned.” -Lee Smith, Author of Guests on Earth and Dime Store

“Such a powerful story, so beautifully written. Peacock captures the era perfectly, with just the right amount of historical detail woven seamlessly into the fabric of the story. Unlike some historical novels loaded with digressions that are merely undigested chunks of raw research, this book is just the opposite—a fully realized world with rich, vivid characters. The novel hard to put down—and impossible to forget.” Donna Lucey – author of Sargent’s Women: Four Lives Behind the Canvas

“A magnificent, immersive, breathtaking work of historical fiction. Nancy Peacock has written a beautifully crafted, richly detailed novel inhabited by morally complex and fully realized characters, enthralling and heartbreaking in equal measure.” -Jennifer Chiaverini – author of Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker

 

Buy Nancy’s Other Wonderful Books!

Life Without Water

Home Across the Road

A Broom of One’s Own

 

More from Nancy Online

https://pamlicowritersgroup.wordpress.com/2014/01/03/interview-with-nancy-peacock/

http://wunc.org/post/maid-novelist-writer-s-journey#stream/0

http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/guide-to-literary-agents/indie-author-landed-traditional-book-deal

Reading

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ho5sSIHC7Mg

Interview

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mTmcvRmpNkI

 

Happy Reading!

xo

Mary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Monday Must Read! Gabrielle Brant Freeman, When She Was Bad

gabbyAnd we’re back—with the amazing Gabrielle Brant Freeman, author of the stunning debut collection When She Was Bad. Gabrielle’s poetry has been published in many journals, most recently in Barrelhouse, Hobart, Melancholy Hyperbole, Rappahannock Review, storySouth, and Waxwing. She was nominated twice for the Best of the Net, and she was a 2014 finalist. Gabrielle won the 2015 Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition. Press 53 published her first book, When She Was Bad, in 2016. Gabrielle earned her MFA through Converse College.

Visit Gabrielle’s Website

http://gabriellebrantfreeman.squarespace.com/

Buy Gabrielle’s Beautiful Book! At Press 53!

http://www.press53.com/Gabrielle_Brant_Freeman.html

Praise for When She Was Bad

Lust. Love. Betrayal and loyalty. Temptation and hilarity. Gabrielle Freeman dissects her speakers’ hearts, tenderly, with supreme attention to what it is to be human, female, and fierce. Gabrielle Freeman’s poems are bad–by which I mean badass bold. Michael Jackson bad. Freeman’s bad and you know it. That’s why you read her. When She Was Bad is a smart, compassionate, tightly crafted and explosive debut. — Denise Duhamel

Read More from Gabby Online

http://gabriellebrantfreeman.squarespace.com/poems-1/

http://ciderpressreview.com/tag/gabrielle-freeman/#.WBc8rdUrKM8

http://www.chagrinriverreview.com/gabrielle-freeman.html

Hear Gabby Read!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LnC84HvJl94

You don’t want to miss this poet!

Happy Reading!

xo

Mary

 

Monday Must Read! Pamela Duncan: Moon Women

 

Pam_Duncan_MHLF_2011This week meet Pamela Duncan! Novelist Pamela Duncan was born in Asheville and grew up in Black Mountain, Swannanoa, and Shelby, North Carolina. She holds a B.A. in journalism from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and an M.A. in English/Creative Writing from North Carolina State University in Raleigh. She lives in Cullowhee, North Carolina and teaches creative writing atWestern Carolina University.

Her first novel, Moon Women, was a Southeastern Booksellers Association (now Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance) Award Finalist, and her second novel, Plant Life, won the 2003 Sir Walter Raleigh Award for Fiction. She is the recipient of the 2007 James Still Award for Writing about the Appalachian South, awarded by the Fellowship of Southern Writers. Her third novel, The Big Beautiful, was published in March 2007. An excerpt from Pam’s current novel-in-progress, The Wilder Place, can be heard here: http://www.pameladuncan.com/the_wilder_place__a_novel_in_progress__80970.htm

Visit Pam’s Website

http://www.pameladuncan.com/

Buy Pam’s Beautiful Books

Moon Women

https://www.amazon.com/Moon-Women-Pamela-Duncan/dp/0440236487

Plant Life

https://www.amazon.com/Plant-Life-Pamela-Duncan/dp/0385335261/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

The Big Beautiful

http://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/43755/the-big-beautiful-by-pamela-duncan/9780385338387/

Excerpts, Interviews, & Reviews

Moon Women

http://www.pameladuncan.com/moon_women_15139.htm

Plant Life

http://www.pameladuncan.com/plant_life_15138.htm

The Big Beautiful

http://www.pameladuncan.com/the_big_beautiful_52887.htm

More About Pam Online

Publishers Weekly

http://www.publishersweekly.com/978-0-385-33518-8

Fantastic Fiction

https://www.fantasticfiction.com/d/pamela-duncan/plant-life.htm

BookPage

https://bookpage.com/reviews/2902-pamela-duncan-plant-life#.V7GuHfkrLDc

IndyWeek

http://www.indyweek.com/indyweek/pamela-duncan/Content?oid=1181965

Hear Pam Read

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MrkiaeMdTEg

Happy Reading!

xo

Mary

Monday Must Read! Nancy Peacock: A Broom of One’s Own

Monday Must Read! 

Nancy 6This week meet Nancy Peacock! Nancy is a mostly self-taught author. Her first novel, Life Without Water, was chosen as a New York Times Most Notable Book. She followed with a second novel, Home Across the Road. Her collection of essays on writing and housecleaning, (a personal favorite here in Mary’s house :-)) A Broom of One’s Own was published by Harper Collins. Her third novel The Life and Times of Persimmon Wilson will be published in 2016 by Atria Press. Peacock has supported herself and her writing life with numerous jobs including housecleaner, bartender, carpenter, paper deliverer, assistant drum maker, costumer, baker, milker on a dairy farm, and teacher.

Nancy’s also an incredibly generous spirit, offering ongoing classes and workshops aimed at helping other writers, and she hosts a don’t-miss blog, Matginalia, filled with wonderful insight and writer wisdom.

Visit Nancy’s website:

www.nancypeacockbooks.com

Check Out Nancy’s Beautiful Books!

Life Without Water

http://www.amazon.com/Life-Without-Water-Nancy-Peacock/dp/0553379291

Home Across the Road

http://www.amazon.com/Home-Across-Road-Nancy-Peacock/dp/1563525097/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1450703985&sr=8-1

A Broom of One’s Own

http://www.harpercollins.com/9780061357879/a-broom-of-ones-own

Read Nancy’s Blog!

http://nancypeacockbooks.com/wp/

Praise for Nancy’s Work:

Publishers Weekly

http://www.publishersweekly.com/978-1-56352-337-3

Kirkus Reviews

https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/nancy-peacock/the-life-and-times-of-persimmon-wilson/

Southern Scribe

http://www.southernscribe.com/reviews/general_fiction/Home_Across_Road.htm

Reading Group Guides:

http://www.readinggroupguides.com/reviews/life-without-water

http://www.readinggroupguides.com/reviews/home-across-the-road

Classes & Workshops

http://nancypeacockbooks.com/classes/

 

Happy Reading, y’all!

xo

Mary

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