Philip Gerard, my first mentor in the Goucher MFA program, at On the Same Page Literary Festival this September. Hail to all the Gophers out there!





This, and the photos below, are in Jerusalem on our trip there in March. It was so incredibly good we're going back later this summer and working on an archaeological dig with UNC Charlotte with the same folks from the March trip.



















COMING SPRING 2015 -- A new anthology from McFarland Publishers, edited by Chris Arvidson, Scot Pope and Julie Townsend -- stories, essays and poems about the New River.

WORDKEEPERS - Saturday, August 17

August 5, 2013

Tags: reading, writing, listening, salon, arts council, west jefferson, poetry, prose, original, music, Henry Doss, Scot Pope, Julie Townsend

Come on out for Wordkeepers on Saturday, August 17, here in beautiful downtown West Jefferson. Hear some always great original prose and poetry from local/regional writers. It's free. We have refreshments (including wine!) and feature original music at 3 and readings at 4:00. Email me to reserve your spot if you want to share a 5-minute bit of your own original writing.

Night of the Spoken Word 2013

May 24, 2013

Tags: writing, salon, speaking, Mountain Memoirs, Scot Pope, Julie Townsend, Diana Refro, Fran Cook, Mickael Goss

Saturday, May 25, is Night of the Spoken Word here in Ashe County. An annual event, it spawned Wordkeepers and the Mountain Memoirs Anthology that Scot Pope, Julie Townsend and I began a few years ago.

The event starts at 7:30 at the Ashe Arts Center, here in West Jefferson. Come on out and hear many of the contributors to Mountain Memoirs. I'll be reading an essay I've been working on about baseball.

WORDKEEPERS 2013 Dates

January 4, 2013

Tags: writing, salon, reading, West Jefferson, NCWN, Mountain Memoirs, Chris, Arvidson, Scot, Pope, Julie, Townsend

We're on the books again for 2013 WORDKEEPERS at the Arts Center in West Jefferson, NC. The highly successful (we think!) writers and listeners salon, now into its third year, continues to bring new writers and readers together.

Coming off our wonderful success with the book, "Mountain Memoirs," Scot, Julie and I are back at it. Once again, we had more new readers and more new listeners in December, and I've already received emails from new folks wanting to join us and read their work.

Here are the dates for 2013: Feb 23, April 13, June 15, Aug 17, Oct 19, Dec 21.

Come on out. It's casual, fun, and we have refreshments to get your courage up if you need them. Email me via this website if you want to sign-up for your 5-minutes of Wordkeepers fame.

Wordkeepers - December 15

December 7, 2012

Tags: writing, salon, free event, reading, listening, writers, authors

It's Wordkeepers time again. Saturday, December 15. We start with music at 3:00 p.m.; at 4:00 p.m. we begin the 5-minute open mic readings.

This is the group that started it all here in Ashe County, although we welcome writers from all over the High Country. Many of the contributors to our recent book, Mountain Memoirs, started out sharing their work with the Wordkeepers salons.

We'll continue bi-monthly Wordkeepers salons on into 2013 at the Ashe County Arts Center, on School Street in West Jefferson, NC. It's a wonderful space for our casual and supportive gatherings. We always have new readers and welcome new listeners each go around. Refreshments are provided, too.

Come on out in December and enjoy some wonderful writing.

FEBRUARY WORDKEEPERS!

February 6, 2012

Tags: writing, reading, salon, poetry, prose, non fiction, fiction, West Jefferson, NC, Arts Council, music, Henry Doss, Scot Pope

The next Wordkeepers salon is Saturday, February 18, at the Ashe Arts Council, 303 School Street. Henry and Scot will warm the crowd up with their singer-songwriter magic at 3:00 p.m. At 4:00 p.m. writers will begin the open mic readings. Refreshments will be provided. For February's Wordkeepers, writers should email Julie Townsend at finally@skybest.com to reserve your open mic spot. I will miss this month's salon because I'll be in El Salvador with my Charlotte Habitat for Humanity crew. Pictures will follow!

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