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Wednesday, 01 April 2015 00:00

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Celebrate National Poetry Month at Jackson library

For the month of April, the Jackson County Library in Sylva will host three events as part of the Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poetry Series.

Join current Distinguished Poet for the western part of North Carolina, Brent Martin, with three of his student poets to hear them and other guest poets present their current work. Poet Tyler Auffhammer will read on April 2, with Alison Howe on April 23 and Mary Christensen April 30. All events begin at 6:30 p.m. 

Martin is the author of three chapbook collections of poetry — Poems from Snow Hill Road, A Shout in the Woods and Staring the Red Earth Down.  

Auffhammer is a senior at Western Carolina University, where he majors in Secondary English Education. He primarily writes narrative nonfiction and poetry. Christenson holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in English from Western Carolina University and will begin an MFA in Creative Writing program for poetry come fall. 

Co-sponsored by the Friends of the Jackson County Public Library. Free. 828.586.2016 or


Bjorlie reading, signing 

Writer Carol Bjorlie will read from her works Sweet Harmony and Impossible Brightening at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 4, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva.

Sweet Harmony is part of a trilogy series that tells the story of 13-year-old Iris Andersen and her families’ life in their new farm community in Harmony, Minnesota. She witnesses her first blizzard, tornado, her mother’s depression, her grandfather’s passing and her sister’s battle with Scarlet Fever. After one year, her parents decide to move back to the South. They aren’t prepared for the community that will not give up on them. 

Impossible Brightening is her latest collection of poetry. Bjorlie is a member of the Asheville Cello Choir and teaches writing at the North Carolina Creative Retirement at UNC-Asheville.   



Joy to present acclaimed book

Writer David Joy will read and discuss his debut novel Where All Light Tends to Go at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 11, at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville.

Joy’s “Appalachian noir” is a coming of age story, where blood is thicker than water and Jacob McNeely is drowning in it. The book has already garnered in-house enthusiasm along with praise from authors Daniel Woodrell, Ron Rash, Tawni O’Dell and Ace Atkins.   

Joy has lived in North Carolina his whole life and currently lives Webster. He is also the author of Growing Gills: A Fly Fisherman’s Journey, which was a finalist for the Reed Environmental Writing Award and the Ragan Old North State Award for Creative Nonfiction. or 828.456.6000.

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