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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Critique exchange

The following received from Brittany. If you are interested, contact her directly.


My name is Brittany LaMontagne, and I have been to several of the Writer's Morning Out gatherings. I am a girl in my 20's now living in Mexico. I have a children's book that I would like to send out to someone for critique and editing. Since I consider the Pittsboro group the closest thing I have to a writing community, I would like to ask someone within the group if they would like to do a critique swap. I will send my work to be critiqued and in exchange will edit and critique a set of their poetry, a short story, or a small piece they are working on.

You can contact me at: bllamontagne@gmail.com

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas

However you may wish to say it

Gajan Kristnaskon

Joyeux Noel

Froehliche Weihnachten

Mele Kalikimaka

Buone Feste Natalizie

God Jul

Feliz Natal

Feliz Navidad

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Writers' Morning Out

Pittsboro Writers' Morning Out meets Saturday, December 10, 11:00 at Davenport & Winkleperry, 18A East Salisbury Street in Pittsboro.

All writers are invited. Bring a short Christmas something to read.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Joanie McLean reading

Joanie McLean will be reading from her chapbook "Places" and some new stuff at FlyLeaf Books in Chapel Hill on Thursday, December 8 at 7:00 PM.

Come early at 6:15 and meet next door at Fosters for a snack.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Congratulations

Kudos to:

Rebecca Clay Haynes: Her short story "My Sister Was An Only Child" has been published in Bartleby Snopes. See the ballot on their contents page where you may vote it Story of the Month.

Linda Johnson: She has two novels and two short stories now e-published. Check her website www.LindaJohnson.us for links to the Amazon and Smashwords sites where you will find her e-books. Her short stories are published in full on her website where you can "sample" her writing.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Poetry Contests

NORTH CAROLINA POETRY SOCIETY

POETRY CONTESTS

DEADLINE: February 1, 2012


The North Carolina Poetry Society invites submissions to its nine 2012

adult poetrycontests, open to NCPS members and non-members

and (except for the Poet Laureate contest) to both NC residents and

non-residents:

THOMAS H. McDILL AWARD: any form, any style; maximum 70 lines.

CALDWELL NIXON JR. AWARD: written for children ages 2-12, any

form, any style; maximum 36 lines.

JOANNA CATHERINE SCOTT AWARD: traditional forms (except sestinas);

maximum 36 lines.

MARY RUFFIN POOLE AMERICAN HERITAGE AWARD: any form, any style

on theme of American heritage, brotherhood/sisterhood, nature;

maximum of 36 lines.

KATHERINE KENNEDY McINTYRE LIGHT VERSE AWARD: any form, any

style; maximum 36 lines.

GRIFFIN-FARLOW AWARD: Haiku.

POETRY OF COURAGE AWARD: any form, any style on theme of courage or crisis;

maximum 36 lines.

POETRY OF LOVE AWARD: any form, any style; maximum 36 lines.*

POET LAUREATE AWARD: a serious poem, any subject, any style, maximum of

110 lines. Open to poets currently residing in NC. The winning poem will be selected by

the North Carolina Poet Laureate.


FOR RULES AND GUIDELINES:

www.ncPoetrySociety.org

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Pittsboro Writers' Morning Out

Writers' Morning Out meets Saturday, November 12, 11:00 AM at Davenport & Winkleperry, 18A East Salisbury Street.

All writers are invited.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Readings in our area

Tuesday, November 8, 7:00 pm
Durham Southwest Regional Library, 3605 Shannon Rd., Durham
Sheri Castle will read from and sign copies of The New Southern Garden Cookbook: Enjoying the Best from Homegrown Gardens, Farmers' Markets, Roadside Stands, and CSA Farm Boxes.

Wednesday, November 9, 7:00 pm

Auditorium A218, General Classroom Building (corners of N. Benbo and Sullivan Rds.), North Carolina A&T State University, Greensboro
The Creative Writing Program welcomes you to an historic evening with the best of North Carolina’s Black poets writing and performing in the genre today, celebrating the special edition of the Obsidian Journal (Aforebo: A Harvest of North Carolina Writers of African Descent). Authors booksigning to follow. Featuring: Darrell Stover, Grace Ocasio, Carolyn Beard Whitlow, L. Teresa Church, Lenard D. Moore, Gideon Young, Ojaide, Tanure, Crystal Smith, L. Lamar Wilson, Sheila Smith McKoy, and Anjail Rashida Ahmad. This program is free and open to the public, a joint project with Obsidian Journal’s Sheila Smith McKoy, Editor (North Carolina State University) and Lenard D. Moore, Special Edition Editor of The African American Writers’ Collective.

Thursday, November 10, 12:30-2:00 pm2nd Floor Seminar Room, Bluford Library, 1601 E. Market St., Greensboro. Valerie Nieman will read from her novel, Blood Clay. She will also read:

Wednesday, November 16, 7:00-9:00 pm, The Burwell School, 319 N. Churton St., Hillsborough, with Marjorie Hudson

Thursday, January 26, Greensboro Newcomers Club

Friday, February 24, Wonderland Book Club, Raleigh

Sunday, December 11, 2:00-3:00 pm, Flynne’s Coffee Bar, 115 N.E. Broad St., Southern Pines

NEW! Friday, November 18, 7:00 pm
Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave., Cary, NC
The Cary Playwrights’ Forum will present a staged reading of
Marilynn Barner Anselmi’s play Taking Care of Mimi.

Monday, October 31, 2011

PAD Chapbook Challenge

ATTENTION ALL POETS!

There is a new PAD (poem a day) contest starting tomorrow.

Go to writersdigest.com Click on Editor Blogs , then select

Poetic Asides with Robert Lee Brewer.

No registration required; no fees; just fun leading to a possible chapbook.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Creative Writing Workshop at CCCC

Creative Writing Workshop: Poetic Form and Song

Poets and songwriters will explore traditional poetic forms used in contemporary music and modern poetry. In this workshop, students will examine songs with lyrics as well as instrumentals influenced by a variety of poetic structures, rhyme schemes, or traditional forms. Each student will choose a form to draft a poem or lyrics. Acoustic string instruments are welcome. Instructor: Chris Bouton.

Course #: C-3758
Date: Saturday, 10/29/2011
Time: 10:00am – 2:00pm
Cost: $45.00

Fall registration has begun! Call 919-545-8044.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Writers' Morning Out

Pittsboro Writers' Morning Out meet Saturday, October 22, 11:00 AM at Davenport & Winkleperry.

See you all there.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Poetry Contest Winner

The winning entry in our Third Annual Poetry Contest.

EUROPEAN ROYALTY

The last few times I was in the European Union,

it took a lot more than a dollar to equal one euro.

Didn’t matter where you went, that euro, like a Monarch,

was seated two or three steps above.


Near The Pantheon, I chose a large green apple

from a streetside cart, the peddler waggled four fingers.

I gave him his four Euro for my one apple.


I took a picture of a man lingering in the doorway

of a ristorante near Trevi. He tapped his pants pocket,

raised his hand. Skin rub of thumbpad against fingers,

then peace sign, all the while nodding his head and

shadowing me like a Pittsburgh Steeler defensive back.

“I deleted it” I called in English and turned the camera

so he could see himself draining into Europe’s smallest trash can.


An empty street café in late afternoon shadow of The Vatican

I ordered minestrone and house wine for 22 euro.

The waiter shoo-ed me by swiping at air with his towel.

“Oh no, oh no, I make no money of you!”


Then down the street from an abbey in a neighborhood

far down the Paris dance card, a French teen-ager,

simple clothes wound round small stature, held a tight bunch

of short-stemmed lilacs and a card lettered 10e.

I twirled my hand round the camera “Photo?”

She smiled oui, extended her forehead toward me.

Click.

Later I looked at her digital-self and asked

why oh why hadn’t I reached to buy her lilacs?

I can smell them even now.

Mary Barnard


Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Book Launch Party

Come join Rick Bylina to celebrate the launch of his two novels, "One Promise Too Many" and "A Matter of Faiith." Also celebrate with special guest Ashley Memory and the launch of her debut novel, "Naked and Hungry."

WHEN: Saturday, October 15, 5:00-8:00 PM
WHERE: The Bylina Manor Estate, 182 Oak Hill Drive, Apex, NC 27523
DRESS: Casual

There will be music, wine, hors d'oeuvres and prizes.

Please RSVP to Rick at anilyb@earthlink.net and tell who and how many?

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Pittsboro Writers' Morning Out

Come and join with other local writers for a casual hour of talk and readings. All writers are invited-poets, fiction, essays, published, unpublished, wannabees, whatever.

Saturday, September 24, 11:00 AM at

Davenport & Winkleperry

18A East Salisbury Street in Pittsboro

Sponsored by the North Carolina Writers' Network

Monday, September 12, 2011

NCWN Fall Conference



Friday-Sunday, November 18-20
DoubleTree Biltmore, Asheville, NC

Workshops in: Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry, Publishing.
Manuscript Mart with Agents and Publishers
Master Class, Critique Service, Marketing Mart

Saturday Banquet featuring Keith Flynn & the Holy Men.

Keynote address by Silas House

Brilliant at Breakfast Panel Discussions.

For more information, and to register online, goto: www.ncwriters.org
or call: (336)293-8844

NCWN-Bringing writers together from across the Writingest State

Monday, August 29, 2011

Area Readings

Marjorie Hudson will read from her debut story collection, Accidental Birds of the Carolinas: Short Stories:

Saturday, October 2, TBA, Durham Public Library, 300 N. Roxboro St., Durham, Literary Tours Talk with Georgann Eubanks

Tuesday, October 4, Chatham Community Library Book Club, 197 NC Highway 87, Pittsboro

Sunday, October 30, 2:oo pm, Writerhouse Reading and Conversation with Valerie Nieman

Tuesday, September 6, 7:00 pm
The Regulator Bookshop, 720 Ninth St., Durham
Thomas Young will read from his new second novel, Silent Enemy, sequel to The Mullah’s Storm.

Valerie Nieman will read from her book, Blood Clay.

Tuesday, September 23, Flyleaf Books, 752 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Chapel Hill

Wednesday, November 16, 7:00-9:00 pm, The Burwell School, 319 N. Churton St., Hillsborough, with Marjorie Hudson


Scott Owens will read from his new poetry book, Something Knows the Moment.

Thursday, September 22, Cellar 101, 101 S. Main St., Fuquay-Varina

Sunday, September 25, 2:00 pm, McIntyre's Books, 2000 Fearrington Village Center, Pittsboro

Thursday, November 3, 7:00 pm, Royal Bean Coffeehouse, 3801-137 Hillsborough St., Raleigh

Thursday, September 15, 5:00 pm
FRANK Gallery, 109 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill
Diane Daniel will read from her new book, Farm Fresh North Carolina: The Go-To Guide to Great Farmers' Markets, Farm Stands, Farms, Apple Orchards, U-Picks, Kids' Activities, Lodging, Dining, Choose-and-Cut Christmas Trees, Vineyards and Wineries, and More.

Sunday, September 25, 2:00 pm
McIntyre's Books, 2000 Fearrington Village Center, Pittsboro
Scott Owens, Steve Roberts, and Jessie Carty will be reading as part of the NC Poetry Series.

Sunday, October 23, 2:00 pm
McIntyre's Books, 2000 Fearrington Village Center, Pittsboro
Irene Blair Honeycutt and Julie Suk will be reading as part of the NC Poetry Series.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Possible Reference for Writers

You might check out "The Conversations: Walter Murch and the art of editing film." While it is pegged as a book about film editing, much of what is discussed can be applied to literature also. Besides it is an interesting read.

Info provided by Carol Phillips

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Pittsboro Writers' Morning Out

Pittsboro Writers’ Morning Out will meet Saturday, August 20, 11:00 AM at

Davenport and Winkleperry

18A East Salisbury Street

Pittsboro

Come join us for coffee/tea, pastries and fine conversation with other writers.

Bring something SHORT to read and share.

Barrie Kirby was the winner of our Ultra Flash Fiction contest. His story, “Old Friends” is posted on our blog at: www.pittsboro-wmo.blogspot.com

Monday, August 8, 2011

Ultra Flash Fiction Contest

Here is the winning entry in our 3rd Annual Flash Fiction contest.

Old Friends

Barrie Kirby

They first met at Lake High, John and Ed did. At the end of school, they got jobs at the steam plant and rode to work in Ed’s blue car. The make of car changed with time, but not the blue. Looks like the night sky, Ed would say. John gave Ed two bucks for gas, then three, then five, then eight, then ten. The price of gas went up more than their pay, John would say. Ed would say thanks and give a nod.

They shared tales of girls and sex as they rode to work, then of their wives, and of babes who spit and shit, then of kids and toys, and then teens who wished for more than their dads. John would curse the boys who came to his house to pick up his girl Jane. Ed would laugh and then say his sons drank too much beer. Too young for beer, he would say to John who would nod and take a drag. The men shared their hopes and dreams and fears while they sucked on their cigs and rode. They grew old that way—day in, day out—on their way to the steam plant.

When Ed’s wife died so quick that night, John drove his old red truck to see him. They sat in the den, side by side. Ed tried, but failed, to choke back his sobs. Tears streamed down his cheeks and dripped off his chin to land on top of his thin legs. It pained John to see Ed tore up that way. He looked down, filled with shame.

They were friends as boys. Now they were old. Two score and eight years they rode to

work in Ed’s car. This was the first time one cried.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Area Readings

Saturday, August 6, 1:00-3:00 pm
Loco for Coco, 2415 C Lawndale Dr., Greensboro
Valerie Nieman will read from her book, Blood Clay. She will also read:

  • Wednesday, November 16, 7:00-9:00 pm, The Burwell School, 319 N. Churton St., Hillsborough, with Marjorie Hudson

Marjorie Hudson will read from her debut story collection, Accidental Birds of the Carolinas: Short Stories. She will also read:

  • Saturday, October 2, TBA, Durham Public Library, 300 N. Roxboro St., Durham, Literary Tours Talk with Georgann Eubanks
  • Tuesday, October 4, Chatham Community Library Book Club, 197 NC Highway 87, Pittsboro

Friday, August 19, 5:00–7:00 pm
Spa at Bell House, Tea on the Front Porch, 74 E. Salisbury St., Pittsboro
Ashley Memory will read from her upcoming novel, Naked and Hungry. Website: www.spaatbellhouse.com.

Friday, August 19, 11:00 am
"The Moveable Feast," The Sawgrass Room, Pawleys Plantation, 70 Tanglewood Dr., Pawleys Island, SC 29585. Information: www.classatpawleys.com/feast.php
Anna Jean Mayhew will be the featured guest. She will also read:

  • Tuesday, October 18, 3:00 pm, Orange Senior Center, 101 Meadowlands Dr., Hillsborough

Friday, August 19, 2:00 pm, McIntyre’s Books

2000 Fearrington Village Center, Pittsboro

Karen Pullen, Chris Roerden, and three other authors will read from Fish Tales, an anthology of twenty-two stories of mystery and mayhem produced by the Guppy Chapter of Sisters in Crime.

Saturday, August 20, 9:00 am
Diane Daniel will read from her new book, Farm Fresh North Carolina: The Go-To Guide to Great Farmers' Markets, Farm Stands, Farms, Apple Orchards, U-Picks, Kids' Activities, Lodging, Dining, Choose-and-Cut Christmas Trees, Vineyards and Wineries, and More. She will also read:

  • Saturday, August 20, 1:00 pm, A Southern Season/University Mall, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill
  • Thursday, September 15, 5:00 pm, FRANK Gallery, 109 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill

Monday, August 22, 7:30 pm

Quail Ridge Books & Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh

Carol Henderson, editor of Wide Open Spaces: Women Exploring Call Through Stories and Reflection, will read from and sign copies of the new book, along with several contributing authors. She will also read:

  • Tuesday, August 30, 7:00 pm, The Regulator Bookshop, 720 9th St., Durham

NEW! Sunday, August 28, 2:00 pm
McIntyre's Books, 2000 Fearrington Village Center, Pittsboro
Joan McLean and others will read as part of the NC Poetry Series.

Thursday, September 15, 7:00 pm

Bennett Place State Historic Site, 4409 Bennett Memorial Rd., Durham

Suzy Barile will read from Undaunted Heart.

NEW! Sunday, September 25, 2:00 pm
McIntyre's Books, 2000 Fearrington Village Center, Pittsboro
Scott Owens, Steve Roberts, and Jessie Carty will be reading as part of the NC Poetry Series.

NEW! Sunday, October 23, 2:00 pm
McIntyre's Books, 2000 Fearrington Village Center, Pittsboro
Irene Blair Honeycutt and Julie Suk will be reading as part of the NC Poetry Series.

North Carolina Writers' Network


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Sunday, July 17, 2011

Joanie McLean readings

Joanie's latest chapbook PLACE is now out. She will be reading at:

McIntyre's Books, Aug. 28 at 2:00 PM

Flyleaf Books, Dec. 15 at 7:00 PM

Also, on Aug 1 Joanie will be interviewed on WCOM radio at 10:00 AM.

For more information and online orders, go to:
www.finishinglinepress.com click on "New Releases"

Monday, July 11, 2011

Pittsboro Writers' Morning Out

Pittsboro WMO will meet Saturday, July 16, 11:00 AM at Virlie's Grill, 58 Hillsboro St in Pittsboro.

All writers are invited.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Readings / Book signings

Readings/Book signings in our area

Thursday, July 7, 7:00 pm
Royal Bean Coffeehouse, 3801-137 Hillsborough St.,Raleigh
Marjorie Hudson will read from her debut story collection, Accidental Birds of
the Carolinas:
Thursday, July 14, 6:30 pm, The Joyful Jewel, 44-A Hillsboro St., Pittsboro

Friday, July 8, 7:00-9:00 pm
Joyful Jewel, 44-A Hillsboro St., Pittsboro
Diantha Rau and Ralph Earle will present an evening of original music and
poetry. Diantha will present her blend of folk-style music and unique melodies.
Ralph will read from his meditative and deeply felt poems, sometimes
accompanied by Diantha. Admission is free.

Sunday, July 10
Rosemary House Bed and Breakfast, 76 West St., Pittsboro
Valerie Nieman will read from her new novel, Blood Clay.
Tuesday, July 12, 6:30 pm
Barnes & Noble, 5400 New Hope Commons, Durham
Diane Daniel will be reading from Farm Fresh North Carolina, a statewide
guidebook of more than farms, produce stands, farmers' markets, wineries,
children-friendly pumpkin patches, and corn mazes.

Thursday, July 14, 6:00 pm
Hillsborough Gallery of Arts, 121-D N. Churton St.
Maureen Wartski will read from her children's book, Yuri's Brush with Magic.

Thursday, July 14, 7:00 pm
Coffee & Crepes, 315 Crossroads Blvd., Cary
Ashley Memory will read from her upcoming novel, Naked and Hungry. Info:
919-971-2865.

Friday, July 15, 7:00 pm
The Regulator Bookshop, 720 9th St., Durham
L.C. Fiore will launch his debut novel, Green Gospel, with a reading and
signing. This novel examines the roots of fundamentalism, the powerful sway of
community, and how people change. Fiore is the communications coordinator for
the North Carolina Writers' Network.

Friday, July 29, 10:15-11:45 am
Cameron Village Library (Room 120) Clark Ave., Raleigh
Anne Barnhill will read from her collection of short stories, What You Long
For. For more information on Anne, visit www.anneclinardbarnhill.com.

Saturday, July 30, 2:00 pm
Barnes & Noble, 5400 New Hope Commons, Durham
Sheri Castle will be reading from The New Southern Garden Cookbook: Enjoying
the Best from Homegrown Gardens Farmers' Markets, Roadside Stands, and CSA Farm
Boxes.

Thursday, August 4, 7:30 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh
Launch Party for Ellyn Bache's new book, The Art of Saying Goodbye.

Saturday, August 27, 2:00-5:00 pm
Barnhill's, 811 Burke St., Winston-Salem
Vale non-fiction writer and poet Ann Fox Chandonnet will give a free lecture
titled "How to Compile and Compose a Family History Using Letters and
Memorabilia." Chandonnet is the author of Write Quick: War and a Woman's Life
in Letters, 1835-1867
Thursday, September 15, 7:00 pm
Bennett Place State Historic Site, 4409 Bennett Memorial Rd., Durham
Suzy Barile will read from Undaunted Heart.

Please go to our Web site www.ncwriters.org for contests, residencies, and other
opportunities. You do have to log in as a current member to view this section
of the literary calendar.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Submission possibilities.

SUBMIT IT!
More information about contests and submission possibilities is available to
current members. Log in to the NCWN website at www.ncwriters.org,
Go to the "Resources for Writers" tab, and select "Submit It! (Members only)."

NEW! 2011 BLUE LIGHT POETRY PRIZE AND CHAPBOOK CONTEST
Deadline: June 30 Reading Fee: $10
Manuscripts should be 10 to 24 pages, typed or printed with a laser or inkjet
printer. The winner will be published by Blue Light Press, receive a $100
honorarium, and 50 copies of his or her book.

ON THE SAME PAGE LITERARY FESTIVAL WRITING COMPETITION
Deadline: July 8 Reading Fee: $10
First, second, and third place awards will be given in fiction, nonfiction, and
poetry.
FIRST ANNUAL WEAVE POETRY AND FLASH-FICTION CONTEST
Deadline: July 31 Entry Fee: $6
First Place $100 for Poetry Prize and Flash Fiction

TO THE LIGHTHOUSE POETRY PUBLICATION PRIZE
Reading Fee: $20 Deadline: August 31
To the Lighthouse Poetry Publication Prize will be awarded for the best,
unpublished poetry collection by a woman.

CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL SERIES LOOKING FOR SUBMISSIONS
Deadline: Various Tell an exciting, sad, or funny story about something that has
happened to you or someone you know.

AUTUMN HOUSE PRESS SEEKING POETRY
Deadline: June 30
Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by Autumn House Press are given
annually for a poetry collection and a book of fiction.

BARBARA DEMING MEMORIAL FUND
Deadline: June 30 Entry Fee: $20
Grants of $500 to $1,500 each are given twice yearly to feminist writers. Women
poets and creative nonfiction writers who are citizens of the United States or
Canada are eligible.

FINISHING LINE PRESS
Deadline: June 30 Entry Fee: $15
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Finishing Line Press is given annually for
a poetry chapbook.

HARD TIMES WRITING CONTEST
Deadline: June 30 Entry Fee: $25
Write about a difficult experience in your life, how you overcame this
obstacle, and how you were changed by it.

LOOKING FOR SUBMISSIONS FROM JEWISH POETS
Deadline: June 30
The New Promised Land: 120 Contemporary Jewish American Poets, a new anthology
forthcoming from an as-of-yet undetermined publisher, is looking for
submissions from Jewish poets who are born in the U.S. after 1945.

OMNIDAWN FULL BOOK POETRY CONTEST
Deadline: June 30 Prize: $3,000
The 2011 Omnidawn Book Poetry Prize is open to any poet writing in English who
has not published a second book of poetry, not counting chapbooks.
SNAIL MAIL REVIEW SEEKING SUBMISSIONS
Deadline: June 30

THE STOREFRONT THEATRE SEEKING SCRIPT SUBMISSIONS
Deadline: June 30
The Storefront Theatre, a reader's theatre in Waxhaw, NC, is now seeking script
submissions for its 2011-2012 season and beyond.

THE WIDOW'S HANDBOOK CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Deadline: June 30
Seeking women's poems and personal essays about experiences of widowhood for an
anthology.

ELIZABETH GEORGE FOUNDATION FOR FINANCIAL SUPPORT
Deadline: July 1 Entry Fee: $25
Foundation offers financial support to unpublished and emerging writers for a
period not to exceed one year

LOGAN HOUSE SEEKS POETRY BOOK
Deadline: July 4 Prize: $500 Reading Fee: $25
Logan House announces the seventh annual Holland Prize for the best unpublished
book of poetry in American English.

THE McLAUGHLIN-ESSTMAN-STEARNS FIRST NOVEL PRIZE
Deadline: July 15
The Writer's Center is pleased to announce that it will award $500 annually to
the author of the best first novel published during a given calendar year.

THE PORTER FLEMING LITERARY COMPETITION
Deadline: July 15
Eligible for writers age 18 and older who are residents of Georgia, Florida,
Alabama, South Carolina, or North Carolina.

MILITARY WRITERS SOCIETY OF AMERICA KOREAN WAR BOOK CONTEST
Deadline: July 15
The contest, which includes a First Prize Cash Award of $150, is open to all
authors who have written a book about the Korean War, whether fiction or
nonfiction.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS FOR THE BLACK FANTASTIC SPECULATIVE
FICTION ANTHOLOGY
Deadline: July 30
Looking for stories for speculative fiction (includes science fiction, fantasy,
and horror) from, about, and pertaining to members of the African diaspora.

DOS PASSOS REVIEW SEEKS SUBMISSIONS
Deadline: July 31
Dos Passos Review is seeking fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry
submissions.

LINDA FLOWERS AWARD
Deadline: August 15
The NC Humanities Council invites original entries of fiction, nonfiction, or
poetry for the Linda Flowers Literary Award.

THE 4TH ANNUAL STARS AND FLAGS BOOK AWARD CONTEST
Deadline: August 31
This program celebrates books written in the last five years about
military-related topics.

TO THE LIGHTHOUSE POETRY PUBLICATION PRIZE
Deadline: August 31 Reading Fee: $20

AROHO's To the Lighthouse Poetry Publication Prize will be awarded for the
best, unpublished poetry collection by a woman.

BEER ANTHOLOGY, YEAST OF EDEN, LOOKING FOR SUBMISSIONS
Deadline: September 1
Accepting 1,000-7,000 words: fiction, nonfiction, or even a drinking song by
September 1, 2011. Beer should be your inspiration, your fuel, or just because
you had a cold one sitting next to your computer as you wrote this story.

WEST COAST EISTEDDFOD SHORT STORY COMPETITION
Deadline: September 15
You may submit your entry in either Welsh or English. Stories should be
1,000-3,000 words in length. First prize is $150 and the runner-up is $100.

ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS FOR NEW JOURNAL, 234
The literary journal, 234, was recently founded by Scott Owens and Tim Peeler.
Journal will feature nonfiction pieces of less than 2,500 lines published
"blog-style." Essays of all sorts and on all topics are welcome: personal,
political, informative, argumentative, reflexive, humorous, etc.

OCHRE PRESS
Ochre Press is currently accepting query submissions for novel-length literary
fiction manuscripts. Seeking fresh new writers of literary fiction whose
writing speaks to the human experience (many interpretations are welcome).

PEDESTAL MAGAZINE SEEKING SUBMISSIONS
Looking for a wide variety of poetry, ranging from the highly experimental to
the traditionally formal.

RATTLE #6 LOOKING FOR SUBMISSIONS ABOUT BUDDHIST POETRY
Online poetry magazine looking for poems about Buddhism or the way the practice
of Buddhism informs the practice of poetry.

SOUTHERN LIVING MAGAZINE "LIVINGS" SECTION
Southern Living magazine is seeking submissions for the "Livings" section, an
insider's guide for specific southern states.

SUN MAGAZINE SEEKING SUBMISSIONS FOR "READERS WRITE" SECTION
Deadline(s): Various
Submissions should address subjects on which they're the only authorities.
Topics are intentionally broad in order to give room for expression.

(UN) REMARKABLE MAGAZINE LOOKING FOR SUBMISSIONS
(un)remarkable magazine is currently seeking unpublished creative writing for
the Fall 2011 issue.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Writers' Morning Out

Pittsboro Writers’ Morning Out will meet Saturday, June18,

11:00 AM at Virlie’s Grill, 58 Hillsboro Street in Pittsboro.

All writers are invited.


Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Red Clay Review

Two of our members have poems in the latest Red Clay Review.

Chris Bouton Kitchen Dance

Mary Barnard Red Clay

The Red Clay Review is the literary & arts magazine of CCCC. If you haven't seen it, stop by the library and pick up a free copy.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Book Signing at Paperbacks Plus

Subject: Book Signing with Cindi Rigsbee

PAPERBACKS PLUS!

208 E. RALEIGH ST. SILER CITY, NC

JUNE 11th 10:30 - 12:00

Cynthia Cole Rigsbee (Cindi)

2008-2009 North Carolina Teacher of the Year

Author of Finding Mrs. Warnecke: The Difference Teachers Make

This book substantiates the power of great teachers to change young lives. That would be enough, but it also reveals the secret of great teachers, that they see themselves and their classrooms through the eyes of their students

Friday, June 3, 2011

Squire Summer Writing Residency


Squire Summer Writing Residency, sponsored by the North Carolina Writers' Network.

July 14 - 17 in New Bern:

"Writing and reading are both solitary endeavors. So why take a writing class?"

Because writers often feel too isolated.

The Squire Summer Writing Residency brings together a community of working
writers for an intense weekend of discussion and fun.

The aim is to foster a classroom environment where the participants can be generous helpmates to one another through thoughtful critique and to create an environment where all can explore and play with craft through exercises and experimentation. Workshop participants should expect to leave with raw material for new projects, useful critical commentary on work submitted, and perhaps some new friends and colleagues."

For more information and registration go to the NCWN website www.ncwriters.org. The registration deadline is July1.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Readings/Book Signings in our area

Great Writers, Great Writing!

Monday, June 6, 7:00 pm
Flyleaf Books, 752 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Chapel Hill
Marjorie Hudson will launch her debut story collection,
Accidental Birds of the Carolinas:

Wednesday, June 8, 2011, 2:00-4:00 pm
Ellyn Bache's new book, The Art of Saying Goodbye. She will
also read:
Tuesday, June 14, 7:00 pm, The Country Bookshop,
140 NW Broad St., Southern Pines
Wednesday, June 15, 7:00 pm, Flyleaf Books, 752 Martin
Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Chapel Hill
Thursday, August 4, 7:30 pm, Quail Ridge Books & Music,
3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh

Sunday, June 12 from 11:00 am-2:00 pm
NOFO @ the Pig, 2014 Fairview Rd., Raleigh
Alice Osborn signs copies of her book, Unfinished Projects.

Saturday, June 25, 11:00 am
McIntyre's Fine Books, Fearrington Village, Pittsboro
Valerie Nieman will read from her new novel, Blood Clay.
She will also read: Sunday, July 10, Rosemary House Bed
and Breakfast, Pittsboro

Friday, July 8, 7:00-9:00 pm
Joyful Jewel, 44-A Hillsboro St., Pittsboro
Diantha Rau and Ralph Earle will present an evening of
original music and poetry. Diantha will present her blend
of folk-style music and unique melodies.
Ralph will read from his meditative and deeply felt poems,
sometimes accompanied by Diantha. Admission is free.

NEW! Tuesday, July 12, 6:30 pm
Barnes & Noble, 5400 New Hope Commons, Durham
Diane Daniel will be reading from Farm Fresh North Carolina,
a statewide guidebook of more than farms, produce stands,
farmers' markets, wineries, children-friendly pumpkin
patches, and corn mazes.

NEW! Friday, July 15, 7:00 pm
The Regulator Bookshop, 720 9th St., Durham
L.C. Fiore will launch his debut novel, Green Gospel, with a
reading and signing. This novel examines the roots of
fundamentalism, the powerful sway of community, and how
people change. Fiore is the communications coordinator for
the North Carolina Writers' Network.

NEW! Saturday, July 30, 2:00 pm
Barnes & Noble, 5400 New Hope Commons, Durham
Sheri Castle will be reading from The New Southern Garden
Cookbook: Enjoying the Best from Homegrown Gardens
Farmers' Markets, Roadside Stands, and CSA Farm Boxes.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Literary Happenings in our area

MEBANE
WRITING FOR CHILDREN CRITIQUE GROUP
When: First and third Mondays, 10:30 am
Where: First Baptist Church, 110 S. Lane Street
Contact: 336-578-2496 or aejwrite@aol.com
PITTSBORO
NC POETRY SOCIETY POETRY SERIES
When: Fourth Sunday of every month, 2:00 pm
Where: McIntyre's Fine Books, Fearrington Village
Each month, McIntyre's hosts published members of the NC Poetry Society for
reading and discussing their work. Open mike follows reading.

WRITERS WORKSHOP AT ROSEMARY HOUSE WITH MARJORIE HUDSON
When: July 10-15
Where: Rosemary House Bed and Breakfast, 76 West St.
Registration: www.rosemary-bb.com/WritingWorkshop.htm
Cost: $310 ($100 deposit due by May 15); $210 balance due by June 15
For fiction and creative nonfiction writers. Morning workshop sessions,
manuscript critique of up to fifteen pages, craft lectures, guest writer
afternoon teas, Friday morning breakfast.

DURHAM
NEW! DURHAM VOICES CREATIVE WRITING GROUP
When: 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month, 6:30-8:30 pm
Where: Durham County East Regional Library, 211 Lick Creek Ln.
Contact: (919) 560-0213
Adults of all experience levels welcome! No charge.

LEE SMITH READING
When: June 10, 7:00 pm
Where: Regulator Bookshop, 720 Ninth St.
Contact Information: Sarah Rose Nordgren at sarahrose@algonquin.com
Lee Smith will read from and sign copies of her latest collection, Mrs. Darcy &
The Blue-Eyed Stranger: New and Selected Stories, now out in paperback.
DURHAM COUNTY LIBRARY
When: Various Dates
Where: Durham County Southwest Regional Branch Library
Contact: Email at crystal73@rocketmail.com
Poet Crystal Simone Smith will lead these poetry workshops. All levels
welcome. The dates are:
* Saturday, June 18, 2:00-3:00 pm, Why We Write Poems
* Saturday, July 9, 2:00-3:00 pm, Poetry Reading Café
* Saturday, August 13, 2:00-3:00 pm, Poetry Writing Cafe

GREENSBORO
PLAYWRIGHTS FORUM MEETING
When: Second Wednesday of every month
Where: Greensboro Cultural Center, 200 N. Davie St.
Contact: Stephen Hyers at stephen.hyers@greensboro-nc.gov
Cost: The meetings are free and open to the public. Membership is only $25
annually.

LILLINGTON
LILLINGTON WRITERS GROUP
When: Every Tuesday, 10:00 am
Where: Harnett County Library, 601 South Main St.
Contact: Jan Parker, jan@writerjanbparker.com
This writing group will include readings and critiques.

CHAPEL HILL
FRANK GALLERY PRESENTS BLACK SOCK POETS
When: June 2, 6:30 pm
Where: Frank Gallery, 109 E. Franklin St.
Black Socks Poets will read poetry and talk about the many ways visual art and
poetry can be in dialogue.

MAIN STREET RAG PUBLISHING COMPANY READING AND OPEN MIKE SERIES
When: Second Thursday of every month, 7:00-8:30 pm
Where: Flyleaf Books, 752 MLK Jr. Blvd. (Historic Airport Rd.)
Contact: Debra Kaufman, kaufman57@gmail.com
Main Street Rag Publishing Company is sponsoring a series of monthly readings
at Flyleaf Books. Cohosts Debra Kaufman and J. S. (Stan) Absher will start the
evening by introducing two Main Street Rag authors as featured readers,
followed by an open mike. Readers, writers, and appreciators of poetry, short
fiction, and creative nonfiction are invited to join in. To sign up for the
open reading, you must be present no later than 7:00 pm.

CARY
NEW! SCREENLINE MEETING
When: May 23, 7:30 pm
Where: Barnes and Noble, 760 SE Maynard Rd.
Contact: Mike Everette at screenline@hotmail.com

FUQUAY-VARINA
CELLAR 101 OPEN MIKE
When: Third Thursday of each month, 5:00-7:00 pm
Where: 101 S. Main St.
Contact: Jan Parker at jaebeeparker@aol.com
All are welcome to join this writing group.

RALEIGH OPEN MIKE NIGHT
When: First Thursday of the month, 7:00-8:30 pm
Where: Royal Bean Coffee House & Gathering Space, 3801 Hillsborough St.
Contact: Maureen Sherbondy, msherbondy@nc.rr.com (if you plan on reading)
Hosted by Maureen Sherbondy and co-sponsored by Main Street Rag Publishing
Company. Please join us to either read or just listen. Bring poems, short-short
stories, or essays. This new location is across from Meredith College.

FOCUSING ON FORM: A WRITING WORKSHOP FOR WOMEN
When: June 20- June 24
Where: Meredith College campus
Website: www.meredith.edu/english/community-programs.htm
Contact Information: Ashley Hogan at [92]hogana@meredith.edu
Cost: $300
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FRANCE
LE PIN SUMMER WRITING WORKSHOP
When: August 8-15
Where: Loire Valley
Contact: Carol Henderson at cd.henderson@gmail.com
Carol Henderson will be leading the third annual Le Pin Summer Writing
Workshop. Each summer approximately 12 writers gather at a 12th-century chateau
for a week of writing in a truly inspirational setting.
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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Book signing

Jennifer Tilman, author of "Grooming Tales From A to Z", will be at Paperbacks Plus! on Saturday, May 14 from 11:00 to 1:00.

If you think humans are funny, get a taste of the dogs in Jennifer's life as a dog groomer.

Come meet Jennifer and hear her tales first hand. A special take home treat for your own canine friend will be provided as well as cookies and kibble for the humans.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Writers' Morning Out

Pittsboro Writers’ Morning Out. Saturday, May 14, 11:00 AM at Virlie’s Grill, 58 Hillsboro Street in Pittsboro. Come and network with other local writers. Maybe you’ll learn how to sell a million copies of that first novel. Then again maybe not. But we’ll have fun discussing the possibility.

For you that missed it, the Poetry Slam at the library on Friday, April 29 was a great success. There were 35 in attendance, and 10 participants. Lots of good poetry read. Stay tuned for the next one.

Open mike at CCCC. Monday, May 16, 6:30 – 8:30 PM at the new Natural Chef Café in the Sustainable Technologies Building at the Pittsboro campus. Poetry, fiction, memoir– all genres welcome.

The first 12 people to sign up at the door are guaranteed to read, with a timed limit of 8 minutes per reader.

Bring your friends and you appetite for literature and local food. Light fare and refreshments available for purchase from the Natural Chef Café.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Book signing in Siler City

Come meet local author Carolyn Miller and the real Brownie Wright! Enjoy Brownie's favorite.pimento cheese and pickle sandwiches and banana pudding!

May 7th, 10:30 - Noon at Paperbacksplus, 208 East Raleigh St.

Carolyn Miller, a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, always knew writing was in her future. It wasn't until she met the real-life Brownie Wright, her friend Sandra Brown Sublett, that she found her character inspiration. Miller is the Chatham County Human Resources Director and lives in Sanford with her husband Eric and three dogs.

Her book is titled "Murder in the Old Courthouse". Charlotte "Brownie" Wright is the town clerk in tiny map-dot Abbott, a Southern town determined not to leap too quickly into the next century. She is best described as a cross between Scarlett O'Hara and Flo Castleberry from Mel's Diner and has big hair, a big heart, and a big laugh. She stays on top of the action in Abbott with the help of the local cast of characters, good fashion sense, and good pimento cheese and pickle sandwiches. Investigating a murder is the last thing from her mind until she finds the town historian dead in the old courthouse. With the police force down one man, Brownie steps up with the organizational skills only a clerk can possess. She and the police chief work their way through a set of contradictory clues, a nineteenth century old civil war ghost, and motives abound.

10% of book proceeds for her book that day will be donated to Western Chatham Relay for Life

Saturday, April 30, 2011

NCWN Spring Conference

At the conference today, there were two themes emphasized in both workshops I attended, and also during the publisher's panel.
(1) The publishing industry is still in turmoil, as it has been for several years, as the industry strives to understand, adapt to and accommodate the rapid changes in technology.

(2) The continuing increase in the utilization of the social networks (facebook, twitter, flicker, etc) within the publishing industry. I heard discussions about techniques for branding, badging, linking, etc. that were totally beyond my comprehension. But the overall message was this: any writer who wants to build readership, or a fan base, or make the right contacts had better learn to utilize these tools, because the publishing industry is quickly becoming almost totally dependent on them.

One recurrent suggestion: google some of the current successful authors, and see how they are using websites, blogs, twitter, fan bases etc. to enhance their resumes, and most important, to sell books.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Poetry at the Library

Big Doings at the Chatham Community Library

HAIKU CONTEST

Haiku is a Japanese poetic form consisting to 3 lines, with 5 syllables in the first and third lines, and seven syllables in the middle line. Since this is National Library Week, and also National Poetry Month, tell why you love libraries in Haiku form.

Here is one example:

Library dating

Is sexier than beer halls

You have to whisper.

Multiple submissions are encouraged. Drop them off at the library or submit online at www.chathamlibraries.org Please include name, age (if under 16) and phone number.

Entry deadline is Wednesday, April 27. The winner will be announced April 29.

Be creative, have fun, and tell why you love libraries.

POETRY SLAM

Come join for a night of performance poetry. Participants may perform their own or a favorite from another poet. Two rounds, with each contestant limited to 1 poem and 3 minutes per round. Judges will be selected from the audience.

Friday, April 29, 7-8 PM

Please RSVP your attendance, even if you don’t plan to perform. Call Molly at 545-8084

Or email mluby@chathamlibraries.org

Thursday, April 14, 2011

NCWN Network Spring Conference

NC WRITERS' NETWORK SPRING CONFERENCE

When: Saturday, April 30
Where: Elliott University Center, UNCG campus
Registration: www.ncwriters.org

Keynote speaker is best-selling children's author Carole Boston Weatherford.
Conference participants may select from a variety of half- and full-day
workshops, including "Writing For Your Life," a creative nonfiction workshop
with author Marianne Gingher; "Packaging Yourself as a Writer," with Press 53
publisher Kevin Morgan Watson; "The Worst Things Ever" with poet and UNC School of the Arts professor Joseph Mills; and Weatherford's "Think Anyone Can Write a Children's Book?" workshop.

Other instructors include David Halperin and Tracy O Connor on fiction, Anjail Rashida Ahmad on poetry, Edmund R. Schubert on science fiction and fantasy, Paul Cuadros on nonfiction, and Angela Harwood on marketing for authors.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Readings & Book signings in our area

Tuesday, April 12, 7:00 pm
The Regulator Bookshop, 720 9th Street, Durham
Anna Jean Mayhew will read from The Dry Grass of August, her literary debut
that explores the racial tensions of the South.

She will also read:
Tuesday, April 19, 7:00 pm, Flyleaf Books, 752 Martin Luther King Jr.
Blvd., Chapel Hill
Saturday, April 23, 11:00 am, McIntyre's Books, 220 Market St., Fearrington
Village, Pittsboro
Wednesday, April 27, 7:30 pm, St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, Hillsborough
Wednesday, May 25, 7:00 pm, reading and lecture, The Burwell School,
Hillsborough

Friday, April 15, 6:30-8:00 pm
FRANK Gallery, 109 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill
Maureen Crane Wartski will read from her children's book, Yuri's Brush with
Magic.

Sunday, April 17, 2:00-5:00 pm
McIntyre's Books, 220 Market St., Fearrington Village, Pittsboro
North Carolina Poetry Society presents Maureen Sherbondy, Grey Brown, and
Annalee Kwochka.

Sunday, April 17, 3:00 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh
David Rigsbee will read with Michael Chitwood.

Friday, April 29, 10:15 am-12:00 pm
Cameron Village Regional Library, Room 120, 1930 Clark Ave., Raleigh
Meet poets Richard Allen Taylor, Punching through the Egg of Space; Alice
Osborn, Unfinished Projects; and Maureen Sherbondy, Weary Blues; as they read
and discuss their books at the Wonderland Book Club.

Tuesday, May 3, 7:30 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh
Diane Chamberlain will read from her new book, The Midwife's Confession.

Sunday, May 8, 2:00 pm
McIntyre's Books, 220 Market St., Fearrington Village, Pittsboro
Caroline Taylor will read from her exciting detective tale, What Are Friends
For?

Saturday, May 12, 11:00 am
McIntyre's Books, 220 Market St., Fearrington Village, Pittsboro
Marjorie Hudson will launch her debut story collection, Accidental Birds of the
Carolinas: Short Stories.

Sunday, May 22, 2:00 pm
McIntyre's Books, 220 Market St., Fearrington Village, Pittsboro
Lou Lipsitz, Diana Pinckney, Robert Abbate will read as part of the NC Poetry
Series.

Sunday, May 22, 3:00 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh
Kathryn Stripling Byer presents her Southern Fictions, deep and
thought-provoking sonnets about race issues by the former NC Poet Laureate.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Fun things for writers

Here are some interesting opportunities for writers

American Academy in Berlin

Offers 5-10 month residencies to poets, fiction and creative nonfiction writers at the Hans Arnhold center in Berlin. Residents are provided airfare, housing, some meals and $5,000 monthly stipend.

Centre D’art –Marnay Centre in France.

The center offers one scholarship, cosponsored by UNESCO for a 2 month retreat. Appilicants must be under the age of 35.

Anam Cara Writers’ and Artists’ Retreat Residencies in Ireland.

One week to one month residencies to writers. Located in West Cork Ireland, overlooking Coulagh Bay.

Virginia Center for the Creative Arts

Two weeks to two months residencies to writers and other artists. Located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, 50 miles south of Charlottesville, near Sweet Briar College.

The James Applewhite Poetry Prize

By the North Carolina Literary Review at ECU. Deadline May 1.

Joaquin Miller Cabin Summer Poetry Series.

Poets may apply to read in the 2011 8-week series, June through July. Readings take place in Rock Creek Park in Washington, DC.

Check the North Carolina Writers’ Network website for details. (ncwriters.org)

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Joan McClean's new book

Congratulations to Joan McClean. Her new book of poetry, PLACE, has been released by Finishing Line Press.

Check the Finishing Line Press website for advance orders. Joan will be reading at McIntyres in August.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Pittsboro Writers' Morning Out

We will assemble Saturday, March 19, 11:00 AM at Virlie's Grill, 58 Hillsboro Street in beautiful, downtown Pittsboro.

Bring the one, most perplexing question you have about the writing business. I can't guarantee we can provide a logical answer, but it will be fun to try.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Writing the New South

If you have not done this, go to the North Carolina Writers' Network (ncwriters.org) and look at Writing the New South. There are some great stories there. I suspect some of you might get ideas for stories of your own, from reading these.

North Carolina Writers' Network Spring Conference. Saturday, April 30, 2011 at UNCG. The schedule and registration forms are available at the website.

Be careful what you write. Someone might read it.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Villanelle Poem

At our February meeting, there was discussion of some different poetry forms. One was the villanelle.

The villanelle has 19 lines, 5 stanzas of three lines and 1 stanza of four lines with two rhymes and two refrains. The 1st, then the 3rd lines alternate as the last lines of stanzas 2,3,and 4, and then stanza 5 (the end) as a couplet. The second lines of each stanza rhyme. The structure is:

line 1 - a – 1st refrain
line 2 - b
line 3 - a - 2nd refrain

line 4 - a
line 5 - b
line 6 - a – 1st refrain (same as line 1)

line 7 - a
line 8 - b
line 9 - a - 2nd refrain (same as line 2)

line 10 - a
line 11 - b
line 12 - a - 1st refrain (same as line 1)

line 13 - a
line 14 - b
line 15 - a - 2nd refrain (same as line 2)

line 16 - a
line 17 - b
line 18 - a - 1st refrain (same as line 1)
line 19 - a - 2nd refrain (same as line 2)

Here is an example of the form.

Stay With Me

Hold me close and hold me tight
Run your fingers through my hair
Stay with me all through the night

It feels so good, it feels so right
Say you love me if you dare
Hold me close and hold me tight

Tell me it will be alright
If only we could be a pair
Stay with me all through the night

We can share in great delight
Let me love you, let me care
Hold me close and hold me tight

I pray you will, I pray you might
Be the answer to my prayer
Stay with me all through the night

Be there in the morning light
Please do not go anywhere
Hold me close and hold me tight
Stay with me all through the night

Friday, February 18, 2011

Poem for February 19

Mast Year
Judith Stanton
From The Deer Diaries

After long drought,

the white oak

drops its acorns,

double, triple

a rainy year.


Under its broad limbs,

the three-legged doe

stumps along, her right

front leg sheared off

below her knee,

victim of a car,

stump hole,

black rocks in

the shallow creek

behind my house

she crosses to get here.


Who knows. I see her at

the crack of dawn

or pith of day, flanked

by last year’s twins

and this year’s singleton,

its spots faded by

November, its coat

like hers turned gray.


He butts her udder,

ramming hard. She

accepts that, eyes

trained on the woods.


A hunter in camouflage

sees a damaged doe.

Cull the herd, he thinks,

draws a bead, shoots.




Thursday, February 17, 2011

Poem for February 17

A Conspicuous Visitor
Patricia Cole



He came unannounced,

quite uninvited; a thread

splitting a shiny Sunday suit,

he kissed the ground—moving

like a cobra, half coiled, sliding

sideways over the porch to ring

my bell; he paused for a moment

in the blinding summer sun to bathe,

looked to see who was hosting the

party, then silently moved over and

up the Wax Myrtle; his thirsty

tongue sucked the air.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Writers' Morning Out

Pittsboro Writers' Morning Out will meet Saturday, February 19, 11:00 AM at Virlie's Grill, 58 Hillsboro Street.

All writers are invited.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Poem for February 15

168

Al Manning

A poem about the day the Oklahoma City

bomber was executed.


Hordes of reporters milling around,

Interviewing each other.

Desperately searching for an illusive scoop.

They can't interview the 168.


National media provides blitz coverage,

Hourly, then by the minute.

Everything you don't want to know.

What about the 168?


What did he say, what was he wearing,

What does he think?

As if this was important.

What about the 168?


Constant repetition almost makes him a folk hero,

A man admired for his stoicism.

He's the hot news today.

What about the 168?


National media giving advice to the survivors,

telling them how they are supposed to feel, to act, to think.

As if these national hotshots knew anything.

What about the 168?


Second by second, we hear how he died,

Eye-witness accounts are the holy grail.

Much ado about the demise of a killer.

What about the 168?


True justice might have been better served,

Had no one bothered to attend.

He would have been exterminated, unnoticed.

And that would honor the 168.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Poem for February 12

Flash
Patrica Cole


Times flash, intermittently; wimpling waves,

speed through space – faces forgotten


slip in and out of my consciousness,

living in sepia,


snapshots in albums – an alchemy of lives,

details stirring memories;


some exit from love, others indifference;

still others linger, living between

musings and dreams.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Poem for February 7

Taxes

Al Manning

(My apologies to Edgar Allan Poe)

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 claim 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 an 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 give 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 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, February 5, 2011

Back Home

Mike Sepelak






Never, ever, Ever
return South
and smugly suggest
that you're tired of snow

The Cosmos listens

Friday, February 4, 2011

Poem for February 5

Back Home Finally
Mike Sepelak

Back Home
Finally
Been North too long
Love seeing the Family, but

Tired of driving. Tired of snow
Tired of driving in snow
Tired of asking "What day is it?"
Tired of having it matter

Sleep in
My bed
Shower in My shower
Walk the dog in My woods

Put the damn suitcases away
Fill and light the woodstove
Feed the birds. Read
Be normal. My normal

My couch
Warm down quilt
Hot chocolate with a shot of shine
Quiet time with My Mary

New tying vice
Comfy bench chair
Fly rods in the closet
Within reach. Ready

Back Home
Finally
Been North too long