We're getting ready to go on a big hike in England at the end of the month. In the run up to this trip, we've been jaunting around the High Country, tackling as many trails and logging as many miles as we can in between everything else that seems to be swirling around us right now.
Up on Elk Knob, Henry, buddy Kevin, and I were paused for a snack before trekking back down the mountain when up popped a group of college kids who exclaimed at the view, "There's so much nature!" We laughed. They were embarrassed. But, indeed there's a shitload of nature around here. I've been trying my best to enjoy it, while grinding out some miles in preparation for the Cotswold Way, 103 miles, in 7 days.
But before we get on that plane, Henry is recording a single in Nashville and traveling to Banff for work. I've got the On the Same Page Literary Festival descending next week (don't miss it if you can www.onthesamepagefestival.org) and all the getting ready those things entail.
Not to pile on too much, but this year's exhibit at the Ashe County Arts Center running in conjunction with the Literary Festival, is the pairing of artists and writers called More Than Words. I've written two poems to go along with the gorgeous art work of Joanie Bell. Coincidentally, we've both spent a good amount of time in the UK, stayed in some of the same Landmark Trust properties, and hiked many of the same landscapes there. So, we decided to inspire one another with a very English twist this year. Come on out and see our work, and that of many other visual artists paired with writers from our region. To wet your whistle to do so, here are my two poems. Click on the "More Than Words" link to your left. You'll have to come to the Arts Center to see Joanie's work that goes with them.
Some Favorite Quick Links
Coming soon: The Love of Baseball. You can also buy Reflections on the New River from the publisher by clicking here.
Dig Mount Zion site
Here's the lowdown on the Mount Zion dig, sponsored by UNC Charlotte, which I worked on this past summer. Look interesting? Check out the site and you could find yourself down in a hole scraping two centuries old dirt right outside the Old City walls of Jerusalem.
Ashe County's Fabulous Literary Festival - On the Same Page
Here's info on the Festival and all it's splendid authors.
Check out Wildacres' website for more information on their wonderful programs.
Jim's excellent blog
Check out my friend Jim's the excellent blog by clicking here.
Blue Ridge Country Magazine guest column
Click here for my Blue Ridge Country Magazine guest column in their Nov/Dec issue.
See information about the Creative Non Fiction MFA program at Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland.