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The Coffee with the Poet series continues on Thursday, July 20th at 10:30 a.m. at City Lights Bookstore. The July meeting will feature Winston-Salem poet, Sam Barbee. His poems have appeared Poetry South, Crucible, Asheville Poetry Review, The Southern Poetry Anthology VII: North Carolina, Potato Eyes, Georgia Journal, Main Street Rag, Iodine, and Pembroke Magazine, among others. His fiction has been recognized by the Norfolk Society for the Arts and published in Atlantis.
His second poetry collection, That Rain We Needed (Press 53), was published in April of 2016, and a nominee for the Roanoke-Chowan Award as one of North Carolina’s best poetry collections of 2016. He was awarded an "Emerging Artist's Grant" from the Winston-Salem Arts Council to publish his first collection Changes of Venue (Mount Olive Press); has been a featured poet on the North Carolina Public Radio Station WFDD; received the 59th Poet Laureate Award from the North Carolina Poetry Society for his poem "The Blood Watch"; and is a Pushcart nominee.
Sam lives in Winston-Salem with his wife and has two children, and retired from his day job of 32 years with the Winston-Salem Recreation Department. He is the 2017 President-Elect for the NC Poetry Society and Past-President of Winston-Salem Writers. The Coffee with the Poet series gathers the third Thursday of each month and is cosponsored by the North Carolina Writers Network. For more information please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.
City Lights Bookstore will host three authors for a joint reading on Saturday, July 22nd at 3 p.m. Charles Dodd White, Gavin Dillard and David Dalton will all be on hand to share and talk about their respective work. Charles is the author of Sinners of Sanction County, Lambs of Men and A Shelter of Others. He teaches in the English Department of Pellissippi State Community College. Gavin Dillard is a poet and songwriter. He is the author of seven books of homoerotic poetry, two anthologies of poetry and several popular songs. His newest book, a June release, is called Graybeard Abbey. David Dalton is the author of Fugue in Ursa Major and Oratorio in Ursa Major, the first two books of what will be an apocalyptic sci-fi trilogy. To reserve copies of these books please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.
Ron Rash will visit City Lights Bookstore on Tuesday, July 25th at 6:30 p.m. The date marks the paperback release of his seventh novel, The Risen. Ron Rash demonstrates his superb narrative skills in this suspenseful and evocative tale of two brothers whose lives are altered irrevocably by the events of one long-ago summer, one bewitching young woman--and the secrets that could destroy their lives.
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