Locations of Site Visitors

Friday, May 19, 2017

Online Open Mic

Online Open Mic"
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. 

Monday, May 8, 2017

May Writers' Morning Out

Chatham/Lee WMO will convene  Saturday, May 13 at the Greek Kouzina in 
Pittsboro. The meeting will start at 1:00 pm, although most will come early 
for lunch.

The program :  How did you pick your genre?  Or maybe your genre picked you.


Thursday, May 4, 2017

Squire Summer Writing Workshops

BOONE—For the first time in its history, the North Carolina Writers' Network is coming to High Country for the 2017 Squire Summer Writing Workshops. This intimate, weekend-long "residency" style immersion happens July 13-16 at Appalachian State University, in Boone.

For more information and registration, go to

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Open mic in Sanford

May 4, 2017 (Thursday)
First Thursday Take Five Poetry and Prose Open Mic
THURSDAY, May 4, 2017
6:00pm – 8:00pmish
at Karma Boutique and Coffee Bar
131 Wicker Street, Sanford, NC 27330
Come share some original poetry and/or prose 
or just come to enjoy a great time! 

(Remember: you can come early to mingle, peruse locally made gifts, 
and treat yourself to delicious, freshly made Karma bevs and tasty treats!)

Email if you have questions.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

New Book Store

Hi Regional Reps

I have opened a new gallery in Downtown Apex focusing on locally made, master crafted, functional artwork.  I would like to carry a selection of books written by local authors as well as hold book signings.  Although all of my crafted work is created by master artisans with years of experience, I am interested in hosting new authors early in their career that don’t have the network of book signing opportunities of the more experienced writers. Illustrated works are of special interest but that is not a requirement.
If appropriate, I can come to a meeting and introduce myself or you are welcome to pass my information on to members of your group. 

Cynthia Mollenkopf
Cocoon Gallery.    

Monday, April 17, 2017

Poem for the day

Once upon a midnight dreary as I struggled weak and weary,
over a changed Form 1040 I had never seen before.

Back and forth I did the sums, looking for deduction crumbs,
hoping ever hoping that I'd find a way to score.

But alas 'twas not my lot to escape an awful blot
upon my worldly fortune, Uncle Sam keeps wanting more.

My mind grows dim with sorrow, the due date is tomorrow,
and I must find the answer else I'll end up very poor.

Can I deduct those gambling debts resulting from my stupid bets?
Should I try to itemize my bar bill from the club?
What about my one contribution, will that not bring absolution?
Surely I can claim deduction for the new pants that I tore.

Alas, 'tis midnight past and the time is flying fast and I must find
 answer to the question How much more?

You may think my answer funny: I'll just send them all my money,
 and request that they return to me all that not spent before.

It is now six months gone by and as yet there's no reply
could it be that Uncle Sam will grant me no succor?

Then the Raven came rapping, rapping
the Raven came rapping, tapping at my window door.

Oh! To be so doubly blessed, a messenger from the IRS!
surely he has come to tell me that my problems are no more.

And I said "Oh bird austere, do you bring me news of cheer?
If you've brought to me a refund then together we will soar.

I am down to bread and beans for I do not have the means
to buy a decent meal.  Tell me, Raven, am I affluent as
 I was in days of yore?"

Quoth the Raven, "Nevermore"'.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

April Poetry

April is National Poetry Month, and we print submitted poems here for your enjoyment.

Stolen Eyes
Leslie Selbst

I’m sorry, I thought only to borrow your eyes,
I took them when you were asleep,
I sought to see were you had been 
and planned to return them before you’d wake,
but your life was so much more interesting than mine
that I kept them.