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Wednesday, 15 November 2017 00:00

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Folk School ‘Literary Hour’

The John Campbell Folk School and NC Writers Network West are sponsoring “The Literary Hour,” an hour of poetry and prose reading held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15, at Keith House on the JCFS campus in Brasstown.

Dr. Linda G. Jones joined the faculty of Young Harris College in 2009 and is currently an associate professor of biology and Dean of the Division of Mathematics and Science. She has a number of interests outside of the science classroom, which includes reading and writing poetry. She is a member of the North Carolina Writers’ Network and a participant in the NetWest poetry critique group.

Staci Lynn Bell, a Chicago native, has lived in Western North Carolina for the past five years. She attended University of Wisconsin, Madison majoring in Communications. She relocated to South Florida, gaining popularity as a 25-year radio and television personality and passionate animal advocate. After retiring from broadcasting, Bell worked for many years training working dogs and rehabilitating rescues. Her poetry and prose have been published in Old Mountain Press, fall edition of Kakalak 2016, the National Wolfwatcher Coalition Charity Anthology, Wild Goose Poetry Review, 234 Journal and her short story “Cheyenne” took second place, while her poem, “Time” took third place in the 2016 NC Cherokee/Clay Senior Games Sliver Arts. Bell is a member of the North Carolina Writer’s Network and Ridgeline Literary Alliance.   

The reading is free of charge and open to the public.


Coming-of-age during the Civil Rights era

Sara T. Baker will present her debut novel The Timekeeper’s Son at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva.

A literary coming-of-age novel set against the backdrop of the Civil Rights era and the fraying social net of the New South, the book follows the burgeoning impact of one teenager’s careless act on his family and community.

Baker’s fiction has been published in Crab Orchard Review, Cleaver, Confrontation, H.O.W. Journal, The China Grove Journal, The New Quarterly, and has been shortlisted for the Bridport and Fish contests.

Her poetry has been published in Stone, River, Sky: An Anthology of Georgia Poems, published by Negative Capability Press, The 2011 Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine, The Apalachee Review, The Healing Muse, Ars Medica and elsewhere.

Her work has been shortlisted for the Eludia award, she has been a finalist for the Gertrude Stein Award, and the Hemingway Days First Novel Contest, among other awards.

To reserve copies of The Timekeeper’s Son, call City Lights Bookstore at 828.586.9499.

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