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2022-2023 Calendar of Events
Join Chris Arvidson for a travelogue through life
Sunday, September 11, 2022 at 2 p.m.
Cohosted by Charlotte Writers Club North and Main Street Books
Outdoor Stage behind Summit Coffee
128 S. Main Street
Davidson , NC
Event is free
Chris Arvidson will be in Davidson to celebrate the launch of her debut poetry chapbook, The House Inside My Head, published by Finishing Line Press. In addition to writing poems that speak universal truth, Chris’s metaphors and similes are fresh and surprising.
Darnell Arnoult, author of Galaxie Wagon: Poems say of Chris’s chapbook: “She gives us the small and large ways we are ‘near disaster.’ We live in it, it is our home, the wonderment of every single day, simple or profound. This book is an enchanting tale of living every day with love of someone or something and at least a touch of fear to help us appreciate it.”
Chris has worked in national politics, a nonprofit and land conservancies. She holds a B.A. from Olivet College, an M.A. from UNC Charlotte, and an M.F.A. from Goucher College. She is an adjunct instructor at UNC Charlotte where she teaches creative writing and occasionally, courses related to her lifelong passion— baseball. A regular at the Charlotte Knights baseball games, Chris most recently published an essay and poetry in issues of Nines: A Journal of Baseball History & Culture. She has co-edited three anthologies in which her own work appears: Mountain Memoirs: An Ashe County Anthology, Reflections on the New River: New Essays, Poems and Personal Stories, and The Love of Baseball: Essays by Lifelong Fans.
A native of Michigan, Chris, her husband Henry, and their two cats now call Charlotte home, a place where she writes, teaches, and paints. Sometimes the worlds of poetry and art intersect, the picture on the book cover is one of Chris’s paintings.
2021-2022 Calendar of Events
Beyond Poems and Paintings: Ekphrastic Art Exhibit 2
Open Until July 28th
Plan your trip to the Mooresville Train Depot, 103 West Center Avenue, to view the display of art and poems written by CWC poets in response to the pieces created by Mooresville artists. Gallery hours are 12-4 p.m. from Tuesday-Friday and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday. Since the gallery is staffed by volunteers, call 704-663-6661 before visiting.
Ekphrasis is a Greek word for a written description of a work of art. According to The Poetry Foundation, an ekphrastic poem is a poem inspired by or stimulated by a work of art.
The pictures on this page were taken on June 10, 2022, at the opening reception that brought poets and artists together at the gallery in Mooresville to meet and to talk about words and art.
This is the culmination of a project that began almost a year ago, co-sponsored by CWC North and Mooresville Arts, and honors the memory of CWC poet and Mooresville Artist Barbara Mayer who passed away in 2021.
This is the second time CWC and Mooresville Arts have partnered for an exhibit. In 2020, the artists responded to poems and the exhibit was virtual. Our poets recorded their poems and Mooresville Arts created a virtual display.
The following poets were selected to interpret the work of Mooresville artists.
David Collins—"Ars Poetica”
David Radavich—"The Seed Doesn’t Die”
Rebecca Friend—"To Protect and Serve”
Linda Phillips— “Vincent”
Richard Allen Taylor— “La Chambre d’ecoute”
Kenneth Chamlee—"Wreck of the ‘Ancon’ in Loring Bay, Alaska”
Kat Bodrie— “Resist”
Christine Arvidson— “Unbroken”
Spend an afternoon with Judy Goldman
Sunday, May 15, 2022 at 4:00 p.m.
Cohosted by Charlotte Writers Club-North and Main Street Books of Davidson
Outdoor Stage behind Summit Coffee, 128 S. Main St
Judy Goldman is the author of seven books – three memoirs, two novels, and two collections of poetry. Her new memoir, Child, will be published May 2022. It was named a Katie Couric Media Must-Read Book for 2022.
Frances Mayes, NY Times bestselling author of Under the Tuscan Sun and Under Magnolia: A Southern Memoir, says of Judy Goldman’s new memoir, Child: “This moving memoir of a Black woman’s importance in a white family reminds me that behind, under, and above the racial divide in the South, there ran strong currents of abiding love and mutual protection. These currents Judy Goldman excels at exploring without illusion and with full humanity. What a brave and timely book.”
Judy’s recent memoir, Together: A Memoir of a Marriage and a Medical Mishap was named one of the best books of 2019 by Real Simple magazine and received a starred review from Library Journal. Her first memoir, Losing My Sister, was a finalist for both SIBA’s Memoir of the Year and ForeWord Review’s Memoir of the year. She received the Hobson Award for Distinguished Achievement in Arts and Letters, the Fortner Writer and Community Award for “outstanding generosity to other writers and the larger community,” the Irene Blair Honeycutt Lifetime Achievement Award from Central Piedmont Community College, and others.
Her work has appeared in USA Today, Washington Post, Real Simple, LitHub, Southern Review, Gettysburg Review, Kenyon Review, Crazyhorse, Ohio Review, Shenandoah, Prairie Schooner, and elsewhere.
She lives in Charlotte, NC, with her husband. They have two married children and four grandchildren.
IMMIGRATION PANEL: SEEKING REFUGE, How Stories Can Save Us
April 21st, 2022: 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
HOSTED at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church
115 West 7th Street, Charlotte, NC 28202
Masks Required - Open to the public
Event is free.
Each panelist will share the power of story in the lives of refugees and immigrants by referring to experiences and insights from their lives and their family’s lives. Questions and comments from the audience will follow.
Joseph Bathanti – NC Poet Laureate, 2012-2014; Professor, Dept. of English, McFarlane Family Distinguished Prof. in Interdisciplinary Ed., Appalachian State University, et.al. 18 Award Winning Publications of Poetry, Non-Fiction, Novels; LSU press publication in March, 2022 of Light at the Seam: Poems, https://today.appstate.edu/2018/05/02/bathanti
Diya Abdo – Professor of English, Guilford College, Greensboro, NC, Founder of Every Campus A Refuge (ECAR); J.M. Kaplan Fund’s Innovation Prize Awardee (2021), 2018 Finalist for the Arab Hope Makers Award, et.al. Forthcoming Book – American Refugee: True Stories of the Refugee Experience, TEDTalk here, https://www.guilford.edu/profile/abdod
Banu Valladares – Executive Director at Charlotte Bilingual Preschool, former: N.C. Humanities Council, N.C. Arts Council, Program Director for Literature, Outreach and cARTwheels, Director of Community Arts Education. https://bilingualpreschool.org
Gilda Morina Syverson – Author, Poet, Artist, Educator; former Queens University of Charlotte instructor; Award Winning publications in prose and poetry have appeared in the United States and Canada including Nominee for the Ragan Old North State Award for Nonfiction, et.al. for her memoir My Father’s Daughter, From Rome to Sicily www.gildasyverson.com
A Century Of Shared Passion: Coming To Know The Not-Known In Dialogue With The Page with Larry Sorkin
A two part workshop March 5th & March 12th - 1:00pm - 2:30pm
What extraordinary enthusiasm has sustained Charlotte Writers’ Club and its members for generations? Clearly, writing is not solely solitary—there’s been a collective exploration at work. This workshop will provide a deep dive into our drives and motivations, community and personal.
While each of us may see our passion for writing differently, in the first session, we'll start with one approach to this question primarily through the lens of poetry. Larry will outline the way he comes to the page with an active imagination approach to deepen themes, explore the unknown, surprises, and discoveries. We’ll also have an emphasis on specific techniques of the craft including titles, turns, and line breaks, as well as the hard to define “something” that compels us to look under the veil.
The second session will be for the participants to provide a short work of their own that exemplifies what compels their writing so we can compare approaches and learn from each other’s process.
Larry Sorkin is a some-of-the-time North Carolina poet, a part-time businessman and an occasional performer of poetry with the classical music group, The Bechtler Ensemble. He presents workshops exploring the connections between poetry and fine arts, dance, music, and depth psychology. He is a poet-in-residence at the Airy Knoll Arts Project. His poetry collection Uncomfortable Minds came out in 2021.
Poetry didn’t come to Sorkin until his forties when he fell under the infectious influence of Robert Bly. He considers it a calling to spread the passion. He often holes up on his ridgetop overlooking the Piedmont, daydreaming into the fields and onto paper.
Flash Fiction 101 Essential Elements of Very Short Stories: A Five Session Intensive with Annie Frazier Crandell
10:00 am to 1:00pm, Saturdays in January: 1/8, 1/15, 1/22, 1/29 and February 2/5, 2022.
In this generative and interactive flash fiction workshop, students will explore the art of writing distilled, compressed stories in under 1,000 words. Each week’s session will focus on specific literary craft elements and will include readings from craft books and articles. We will analyze contemporary flash fiction from anthologies and flash collection to see what makes them work. There will be weekly assigned writing prompts. Each piece of writing will receive detailed responses from the instructor along with peer feedback. In addition to Zoom we will utilize an online learning space in Canvas. Previous students have had success publishing work generated in class.
The cost is $150.00 for CWC members, $200.00 for non-members.
When you sign up for this master series you will receive the Zoom links in your reminder emails.
Annie Frazier lives in Asheville and works as a freelance editor and a fiction faculty member for Great Smokies Writing Program. She has previously taught for Flatiron Writers Room in Asheville and served as a fiction reader for Longleaf Review. Her fiction and poetry can be found in Appalachian Review, Paper Darts, Hypertrophic Literary, Longleaf Review, CHEAP POP, North Carolina Literary Review, and elsewhere. Learn more and read some of Annie’s published work at anniefrazier.com
This class requires a minimum enrollment to be held. Charlotte Writers' Club reserves the right to cancel the class if the minimum enrollment is not met.
Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle - Virtual Reading & Conversation
Thursday October 14, 2021 at 7 p.m.
EVEN AS WE BREATHE, the author’s award-winning debut novel
Presented by Main Street Books of Davidson & Charlotte Writers’ Club North
Event is free.
Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle, an enrolled member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and their first published author, will read selections from Even As We Breathe and discuss her teaching and writing experience. She holds degrees from Yale University and the College of William and Mary. Even As We Breathe was named one of NPR’s Best Books of 2020. Her first novel manuscript, Going to Water, won a creative writing award from The Native American Literature Symposium and was a finalist for the PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction. Annette’s work has appeared in Smoky Mountain Living Magazine, The Atlantic, and other journals.
After serving as executive director of the Cherokee Preservation Foundation, Annette returned to teaching at Swain County High School. She is the former co-editor of the Journal of Cherokee Studies and serves on the Board of Trustees for the North Carolina Writers’ Network. The author lives in Qualla, NC with her husband and their two sons.
A nineteen-year-old yearns to escape his hometown of Cherokee, North Carolina and takes a summer job at Asheville's luxurious Grove Park Inn. With World War II raging in Europe, the resort is the temporary home of Axis diplomats and their families being held as prisoners of war. This richly written debut novel explores the immutable nature of the human spirit and the idea that physical existence, with all its strife and injustice, will not be humanity's lasting legacy.
11 Poetry Anthology Recalls Tragic Events, Advocates for Shared Humanity
Tuesday, October 5 at 7:00 p.m.
Main Street Books in Davidson, Outdoor Stage
Presented by Main Street Books of Davidson and Charlotte Writers’ Club North
Event is free.
Join local poets as they share poems from Crossing the Rift: North Carolina Poets on 911 and Its Aftermath. No matter how you were touched by the events of September 11, 2001, that moment continues to resonate.
This anthology, published by Press 53, brings together 116 poets from across the state, including six North Carolina poets laureate, in considering not only what happened that tragic day, but what continues to challenge us 20 years later: Islamophobia, the vilification of refugees and asylum-seekers, nationalism, supercharged military budgets, and rises in virulent racism and domestic terrorism.
Edited by former North Carolina poet laureate Joseph Bathanti and 911 family member and former literature and theater director for the North Carolina Arts Council David Potorti, Crossing the Rift takes head-on what Carolyn Forche calls “the poetry of witness” and its advocacy “for a shared sense of humanity and collective resistance.”
Saturday, September 25, 2021, at 2:00pm - 4:00pm via Zoom
Finding a Story, a virtual writing workshop with Jill McCorkle
Presented by Charlotte Writers’ Club North
In this interactive workshop for beginning writers and veterans, Jill McCorkle will discuss ways to take an idea and get it onto the page. She will lead the group in short writing exercises with prompts connected to “finding a story.” There will be time for questions and answers.
North Carolina’s own Jill McCorkle has been called “a born novelist” by the New York Times. She has published six novels and four collections of short stories and her work has appeared in Best American Short Stories several times, as well as The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction. A recipient of the North Carolina Award, she is currently a faculty member of the Bennington College Writing Seminars and is affiliated with the MFA program at North Carolina State University.
ADDITIONALLY: September 25, 2021 - 7pm - Jill McCorkle – Virtual Reading and Conversation with Q&A via Zoom
HIEROGLYPHICS, the author’s most recent novel
Presented by Main Street Books of Davidson and Charlotte Writers’ Club North
Join Jill, a masterful storyteller, as she spins a tale about a married couple who retire from Boston to Southern Pines, North Caroline. As Lil and Frank sift through their past, they discover secrets that they and others have carried through generations.