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2020-2021 Calendar of Events
Honoring Anthony “TONY” S. Abbott’s Life and His Last Book of Poems
A virtual event celebrating the life of Anthony “Tony” S Abbott and the release of his final collection of poems, Dark Side of North, from Press 53, will be held on Thursday, January 7, 2021, at 7 p.m. Family, students, colleagues and friends of Abbott will read a selection of his poetry and there will be an opportunity to purchase his new book. The event is cohosted by Charlotte Writers’ Club North and Main Street Books.
Abbott had a true servant’s heart and was beloved by our literary community across the state and beyond. He passed away on October 3, 2020. He was the author of eight books of poetry, two novels and four books of literary criticism. Abbott was inducted into the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame in October of 2020. At the time of his death, he was the Charles A. Dana Professor of English Emeritus at Davidson College. In 2015, he won the North Carolina Award for Literature, the highest civilian honor given by the state in recognition of his significant contributions in literature and public service. To learn more about Abbott’s life and works, visit Anthony Abbott.
2019-2020 Calendar of Events
Beyond Poems and Paintings: An Ekphrastic Art Exhibit - January 4 - February 20, 2020
Poets, see your words through the eyes of an artist. Charlotte Writers’ Club North and Mooresville Arts are seeking poets and artists to participate in an Ekphrastic art exhibition.
Selected poems will be featured along with artists’ interpretations at a reception on September 11, 2020 at the Mooresville Arts Gallery. Poets and artists will have the opportunity to socialize with one another and comment on their efforts and interpretations.
This event is a non-judged, non-compensatory exhibit. It is not a contest.
Entries must be submitted between January 4 and February 20, 2020. Only the first 50 poems will be considered of which eight will be selected for artists’ interpretations.
Three readers will narrow the selection. One will be a visual artist. A poet/visual artist will select the final eight image-inspiring poems. They will be published on the Charlotte Writers’ Club and Mooresville Arts websites, and poets will be contacted.
- Poems must be 25 lines or less.
- Multiple entries are not allowed.
- Entries should be single-spaced in any standard 12 -point font, such as Times New Roman, Arial, Verdana, or Courier.
- These are blind submissions. Do not include any identifying information other than the title of the poem you are uploading.
- In the "cover letter" include your name, contact information / email address, and date submitted. Include the number of lines in the poem, title and credits, if the poem was previously published.
To submit your poem:
- Click on this link: Beyond Poems and Paintings (NOW DISABLED)
- Login to the Membership Site.
- Scroll down to the SUBMIT button.
- Login to the 'Submittable' Site.
- Scroll past the General Eligibility Requirements.
- Select 'Beyond Poems and Paintings - An Ekphrastic Art Exhibit'.
- Submit your poem.
Beyond Poems and Paintings: An Ekphrastic Art Exhibit
The following poems have been interpreted by the Mooresville Arts artists:
Asters by David Radavich
Desert Passage at Night by Sarah Archer
The Great Blue Heron by John McGillicuddy
Exhale by Adrienne Gilman
Cello in Moonlight by Richard Allen Taylor
The Timekeeper by Mary Struble Deery
A Brass Ring by Peter Krones
Little Birds by Christine Arvidson
Although the coronavirus has derailed plans for an in-person celebration, our partner Mooresville Arts will provide a virtual tour. Links will be posted on our website, our Facebook page and in the newsletter and on the Mooresville Arts homepage. All eight poets have recorded audio and or video of themselves reading their work to go with the paintings the Mooresville Arts artists have created for this exciting project co-sponsored by CWC North.
Poems and paintings will also be on display in the gallery, housed in the historic Mooresville Train Depot, from August 15 to September 24. If you plan to go to the gallery to view the exhibit please call ahead to ensure the gallery is open since it is staffed by volunteers. For that information and more about the exhibit visit the Mooresville Arts home page. Mooresville Arts Facebook page
If you choose to go to the gallery, we ask that you protect others and yourself by wearing a mask, maintaining at least 6 feet between one another.
Saturday, February 22, 2020, from 1pm - 4pm - Crafting a Compelling Personal Essay, a workshop led by Patrice Gopo, at the Davidson Friends Meeting House, 625 South Street. She is a Charlotte writer and the author of All the Colors We Will See Reflections on Barriers, Brokenness and Finding Our Own Way. The collection of essays was published in 2018. Charlotte Writers’ Club North is pleased to welcome her to Davidson.
What you will learn: In this workshop, participants will learn the building blocks of writing an effective and satisfying personal essay. Through examples and writing exercises, we’ll learn how to write about our lived experiences in a way that unearths deeper meaning and connects with readers and the broader world.
Patrice Gopo draws on her experience as the child of Jamaican immigrant. She was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska. She enjoys exploring issues of race, immigration, and belonging. Her collection of essays, All the Colors We Will See: Reflections on Barriers, Brokenness, and Finding Our Way was published in 2018.
Her essays have appeared in a variety of publications, including Catapult, Creative Nonfiction, Gulf Coast, Full Grown People, and online in The New York Times and The Washington Post. Her radio commentaries have appeared on Charlotte, North Carolina’s NPR Station WFAE 90.7. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and she is the recipient of several Regional Artist Project Grants and a 2017-2018 NC Arts Council Artist Fellowship. Patrice lives with her family in North Carolina.
Saturday, November 23, 2019 at 4 pm - Please come to Main Street Books, 126 South Main Street in Davidson, for a book launch party for Poetry on Love and Lattes written by Adrienne Gilman. Charlotte Writers’ Club North and Main Street Books are partnering to help the Davidson poet celebrate her first publication. This event is open (and free) to all. Drinks and snacks will be provided.
Adrienne will read poems from her inspirational journal, which includes a collection of original poetry, including witty one-liners. In the spirit of Bella Grace Magazine, this book includes prompts and enchanting images that inspire the reader to write. The poetry is easily consumable, not intimidating or overly-academic.
She is a recovering lawyer-turned-author who moved to North Carolina with her husband Ben after graduating from Vermont Law School in 2002. Adrienne left the law after ten plus years of practicing to spend more time with her children and to write. They now have three young, active boys, and a fourth baby on the way. Adrienne enjoys all types of writing, including non-fiction and poetry, and is a member of Charlotte Writers' Club and North Carolina Writers' Network.
Saturday, October 5, 1:00 to 4 p.m.: A Memoir Workshop with Judy Goldman.
Charlotte Writers' Club North is pleased to present this workshop featuring Goldman, an award-winning memoir writer, and Charlotte Writers' Club member. A widely published writer, Goldman has written two memoirs, two novels and two collections of poetry. To learn more about our presenter visit her website.
Judy Goldman is the award-winning author of six books--two memoirs, two novels and two books of poetry. Her newest memoir, Together: A Memoir of a Marriage and a Medical Mishap, was published by Nan A Talese/Knopf Doubleday in February. Her work has appeared in The Southern Review, Kenyon Review, Ohio Review, Gettysburg Review, Prairie Schooner, Shenandoah, USA Today, Literary Hub, The Washington Post and Real Simple Magazine.
What you will learn: In this workshop, geared to both beginning and experienced writers, Judy will give all the tips she wishes she had known when she first started writing memoir. She'll discuss coming up with a seductive opening, finding your way into your voice, learning the difference in scene and summary, understanding the importance of reflection. She'll address how much to reveal about the people close to you. She'll also give publishing tips. Class will include exercises to discover your most engaging material.
Workshop is Full
Saturday, September 7, at 4 p.m.: An Afternoon with Elisa Troutman and Her New Collection of Poems, Southern Exposure. Charlotte Writers' Club North and Main Street Books are co-sponsoring this event at Main Street Books, 126 South Main Street in Davidson,NC. Anthony S Abbott, Professor Emeritus of English at Davidson College, will introduce Elisa and her poetry. Visit Main Street Books Website for more information about Troutman and her event.
Troutman and her husband Ed live and work in Statesville, North Carolina. She studied ornithology at ECU and oceanography. Living close to the foothills and Blue Ridge Mountains, she grew up writing poems that centered on change in the natural world. She likes to question perception - how our senses choose, how we direct our eyes and ears, how we arrange what we want to remember or dismiss or push out of view. Her poems are not romanticized. There’s an irony at play in the details - a desire to get past the layers. She is is working on a new novel, Sami and the Janitor Make a New Language.
2018-2019 Calendar of Events
Journalism Under Siege (or Not)
Saturday, April 27, at 7 p.m. NEW VENUE: Brick Row, 19725 Oak Street in Cornelius. (behind the police station in Old Town). Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.
Charlotte Writers' Club North invites you to meet the press for a panel discussion, with David Boraks news journalist WFAE, Mark Washburn, media journalist Charlotte Observer, Tommy Tomlinson, podcast journalist and author of The Elephant in the Room and Pam Kelley, former Observer reporter and author of Money Rock.
Sunday, March 31, 2019 - 3pm
A Book Launch Party at Main Street Books, 126 South Main, in Davidson for Lisa Williams Kline’s new young adult novel, One Week of You, to be published in February, 2019 by Goldenjay Books Imprint of Blue Crow Publishing Company. This is a free event co-sponsored by MSBs and Charlotte Writers’ Club North. Online: bluecrowpublishing.com and mainstreetbooksdavidson.com.
For Lizzy Winston, one week will change everything.
Fifteen-year-old Lizzy Winston has always been a good kid—and she sees the good in mosteveryone else, too. When she meets the charismatic Andy Knox, she starts crushing hard. He distracts her from other parts of her life that she’s trying to hold together. Her grades are slipping, she causes her mom to miss a new job opportunity, and her friends’ actions are making her question what’s right.
Andy seems like a great guy. He’s funny and charming, the Clown Prince of Lakeside High. He loves digging up news stories for the high school TV station, but he’s got some secrets of his own. As he and Lizzy get closer, she grows skeptical of his motives. When she does her own digging on Andy, she learns that everyone has secrets—no matter how good they seem.
Someone’s pulling pranks at Lakeside, and Lizzy thinks she knows who it is. When the pranks escalate and put students in danger, she must decide where her loyalty lies. She doesn’t want to get a friend in trouble, but if she keeps quiet, someone will get hurt. In one week, she learns that adulthood brings new, complicated responsibilities. Is she ready to do the right thing if it means losing her friends?
Fans of Eleanor and Park and Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda will delight in this heartwarming coming of age story about first loves and hard truths.
Lisa is the author of nine novels for young people, including the five-book Sisters in All Seasons series (Zondervan) and Eleanor Hill (Carus), which won the North Carolina Juvenile Literature Award. She holds a masters degree in Radio, Television, and Film from UNC-Chapel Hill, and an MFA from Queens University. She has served as president of the Charlotte Writers’ Club, is a former board member of the North Carolina Writers’ Network, is a mentor in the SCBWI Mentor Program, and critiques manuscripts for Writers’ Digest. She lives in North Carolina.
Praise for One Week of You
“Kline has a gift for writing complex characters and creating stories with a beating heart.“ –Emily Smith Pearce, author of Isabel and the Miracle Baby and Slowpoke
“Achingly true to new love in all its confusion and comedy, and even its moral complexity.” –Claudia Mills, author of Zero Tolerance
“Kline has adroitly combined all the ingredients of a heartfelt coming of age story with an enticing mystery—and there’s plenty of humor and poignant life lessons baked right in.” –John J. Bonk, author of Dustin Grubbs: One-Man Show and Dustin Grubbs: Take Two
NEXT CWC NORTH EVENT DETAILS
Saturday, March 16, 2019 - 4pm
Reading Book Signing at Main Street Books, 126 South Main, Davidson for Judy Goldman’s new release: Together: A Memoir of a Marriage and a Medical
Mishap (to be published by Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, Feb. 12, 2019). CWC North and MSBs are co-sponsoring this event that is free and open to the public. Online: judygoldman.com, and mainstreetbooksdavidson.com.
To relieve his back pain, my husband had an epidural (a procedure so routine it’s given to women during childbirth). The minute the needle pushed into his spine, he was paralyzed from the waist down. That’s the starting point for my book, which looks at the changes every couple faces – the slow, ordinary ones and the sudden, dramatic ones. Identities shift, roles switch. How do we adjust? This is a story about the ever-after of marriage -- the life we dream of and the life we make. --Judy Goldman.
She is the author of a previous memoir, Losing My Sister; two novels, Early Leaving and The Slow Way Back: and two books of poetry, Wanting To Know the End and Holding Back Winter. Losing My Sister was a finalist for both Southeast Independent Booksellers Alliance’s Memoir of the Year and ForeWord Review’s Memoir of the Year. The Slow Way Back was a finalist for SIBA’s Novel of the Year, winner of the Sir Walter Raleigh Fiction Award and the Mary Ruffin Poole Award for First Fiction. Wanting To Know the End won the Gerald Cable Poetry Prize, as well as the top three prizes for a book of poetry by a North Carolinian. Her work has appeared in The Southern Review, Kenyon Review, Gettysburg Review, Ohio Review, Prairie Schooner, Shenandoah, Crazyhorse, and Real Simple magazine; her book reviews in The Washington Post and The Charlotte Observer; her commentaries on public radio in Chapel Hill and Charlotte. 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,” and the Beverly D. Clark Author Award from Queens University and is a member of Charlotte Writers’ Club. She lives with her husband in Charlotte, NC. They have two married children and four grandchildren.
Advance Praise for Together: A Memoir of a Marriage and a Medical Mishap
“Together is a riveting account of a strong marriage tested when a routine medical procedure goes terribly wrong. Judy Goldman beautifully shows us the challenges and setbacks but also the triumphs as two people find strengths within themselves to create a new life together.” -- Ron Rash, author of The New York Times bestseller, Serena
"This is a book about the challenges and limitations of a body: the body of a man suffering a medical mishap; the body of a marriage rocked by uncertainty and fear; the body of a woman pushed to exhaustion while supporting her husband beyond his ability to support himself; and the body of a family struggling to come to terms with the shock of its own unmooring. Judy Goldman is that rare writer whose inward gaze forces her reader to gaze inward as well, revealing something both brutal and beautiful about the world in which we live. As we plunge into her life while considering our own, we do not always like what we find, but with Judy Goldman as our guide we will undoubtedly find the truth. I loved this book. I really loved this book."
-- Wiley Cash, New York Times bestselling author of A Land More Kind Than
NEXT CWC NORTH EVENT DETAILS
Poetry, Led by Irene Blair Honeycutt
January 26, 2019 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Location - Davidson Friends Meeting House
625 South Street, Davidson, NC 28036
Irene Blair Honeycutt, born in Jacksonville, FL, is the author of four poetry books, the most recent being Beneath the Bamboo Sky: Poems & Pieces on Loss and Consolation (Main Street Rag 2017). Awards for her writing and advocacy of writers include a NC Arts Council Scholarship, a Creative Fellowship from the Charlotte Arts and Science Council, and a Best of Charlotte Award from Creative Loafing for Best Contribution to the Improvement of Charlotte’s Literary Climate. She founded Central Piedmont Community College’s Spring Literary Festival in Charlotte, NC, which expanded into Sensoria. At the college, she received the Award for Excellence in Teaching. Upon her retirement, the college established a Distinguished Lectureship, a Lifetime Achievement Award and a Legacy Award in her name. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including Nimrod, Southern Poetry Review, Virginia Quarterly and the Southern Poetry Anthology. She lives in Indian Trail, NC and remains actively involved in the writing community.
Poetry in the Passing Moment
'Grief is a floating barge boat. You never know where it will moor.' Charles Wright
This quote from Wright’s poem appeared in the New Yorker years ago, shortly following the loss of my kid brother. The images spoke to my heart and mind. One of the reasons I chose to share these lines for this workshop is that they say so much about the nature of poetry. Writing poetry is like following the river inside us. We can step into a barge boat, remember secret places, or walk a forgotten trail—trusting the river of writing, not knowing where the impetus of a poem will moor. This is magical and mystical. You are invited to venture into your imagination, to experience a poem as a container for grief, a vessel of hope.
We will discuss poems by Alberto Rios, Marie Howe, Jack Matthews, Denise Levertov, Edward Hirsch, Jane Hirshfield, Rilke, and Tracy K. Smith, among others. Come prepared to respond and to write!
Alzheimer's & Dementia: A Family Caregiving Affair
In honor of National Caregivers' Month, Charlotte Writers' Club North is partnering with Main Street Books to put on "Alzheimer's & Dementia: A Family Caregiving Affair."
Join us on Thursday, Nov. 1st at 7 p.m. for a reading and discussion with Ann Campanella, author of Motherhood: Lost and Found, a memoir; Mary Ann Drummond, author of Grandma & Me, a kid's guide for Alzheimer's & Dementia, and Meet Me Where I Am, a caregiving guide, and Frank Morelli, author of the young adult novel, No Sad Songs.
When Ann was 33 years old and trying to become a parent herself, her mother started showing signs of Alzheimer's.Her memoir was recently named one of the "Best Alzheimer's Books of All Time" by Book Authority. Mary Ann has over 30 years of nursing experience and is an expert in Alzheimer's programming design. She cares for her mother who has Lewy body dementia. Frank, a Philadelphia native, earned an MFA in Fiction from National University. While Frank was in high school, his grandfather developed Pick's disease, a rare form of dementia. His novel grew out of that experience.
Please join us at Main Street Books on Saturday, October 13th at 4 p.m., for a celebration of the release of Lillian's Flying School by Nancy Lammers. CWC-N will co-host this event.
Lillian Brown, an ordinary, responsible single parent, is overwhelmed with the escalating demands of her job. After an especially stressful day, she dreams she can fly. But when the dream becomes a reality, and she begins teaching the art of flying to others, unexpected and unsettling events occur that affect the entire small town of Green Valley. Lillian's Flying School, published by The Bridge, is a modern-day parable laced with magical realism.
A former counselor and temporary public school teacher, Lammers is the author of Surf Riding, a collection of short stories. She enjoys watercolor painting and playing her violin, mandolin and bowed psaltery in community ensembles. She is retired and lives in Davidson and is a member of Charlotte Writers’ Club.
Visit www.mainstreetbooksdavidson.come/events for more information.
Lillian's Flying School is a fun and inspiring invitation to explore life's possibilities at every age...." - Laurie Walker, Mindfulness Instructor, Founder and Blogger @NamasteConnections.
Sunday, August 12, 2018, 2 p.m. Main Street Books, Davidson: Idol Talk, a reading/book signing
The first-ever collection of essays about teen idols by some of America's most fabulous female writers, Ann Hood, Jill McCorkle, B.A. Shapiro, Leslie Pietrzyk, Breena Clarke, Darlene Taylor and three dozen more. Foreword by Peter Noone, Herman of Herman's Hermits. Included are deeply personal musings about such stars as Elvis, Paul McCartney, Michael Jackson and Davy Jones as well as some nontraditional idols like Bobby Orr, Baryshnikov, Raymond Burr and more. IDOL TALK will bring back memories, stir up new thoughts and trigger frank talk about many a woman's "first love," her teen idol.
Readers at the launch include Charlotte Writers' Club members: Tamra Wilson, Judy Goldman, Amy Rogers, and Lisa Williams Kline.
2017 -2018 Calendar of Events
Wednesday, January 24, 7 to 9 p.m. Waterbean Poetry Night at the Mic, at Waterbean Coffee in the North Cross Shopping Center, 9751 Sam Furr Road in Huntersville. Lynn Stanton will read from her collection, Between Two Octaves (Main Street Rag Publishing Co., 2017). An open mic follows the featured reader. Iodine Poetry Journal and CWC North are partnering for this event.
Thursday, February 8, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Immigration Then and Now, at Main Street Books, 126 South Main Street, in Davidson. This free event is co-sponsored by Main Street Books and CWC North and features three Charlotte Writers’ Club members: Paula Pederson Palmer, Carolyn F. Noell and Gilda Morina Syverson. Paula’s book is Mysterious Builder of Seattle Landmarks: Searching for My Father, (VIE Publishing-VIE Communications, October, 2017), Carolyn wrote The Medicine Man’s Daughter, (The Bridge, 2014) and Gilda’s memoir is My Father’s Daughter From Rome to Sicily, (Divine Phoenix/Pegasus Books, 2014). For more information about the authors, visit Main Street Books.
Thursday, March 15 at noon—book launch in Davidson at Main Street Books: Ann Campanella, Beach Poems (Main Street Rag Publishing Co., 2017) CWC North is co-sponsoring this event with Main Street Books.
Wednesday, March 28, 7 to 9 p.m., Waterbean Poetry Night at the Mic featuring Ann Campanella, Beach Poems. Iodine Poetry Journal and CWC North are sponsoring this event.
Sunday, April 8, beginning at 4 p.m. Tony Abbott Day in Davidson: CWC North and Main Street Books, are celebrating the Life and Writings of Anthony “Tony” Abbott, at Main Street Books, 126 South Main in Davidson. Please join us, this talented poet and educator will read and recite his work and some of the writers he has helped nurture will speak. Come early to get a seat. CWC North and Main Street Books are partners for this event.
Thursday, April 12 – 7 p.m. “Play Ball” readings from The Love of Baseball Essays by Lifelong Fans at the Warehouse Performing Arts Center, 9216 Westmoreland Road, in Cornelius. The anthology is edited by Chris Arvidson and Diana Nelson Jones (McFarland and Company, 2017) and features Charlotte area contributors.
Reading/Book Signing in Cornelius
Come to The Warehouse Performing Arts Center in Cornelius on Thursday, April 12, at 7 p.m. for “Play Ball,” a reading & book signing for Love of Baseball Essays by Lifelong Fans, edited by Chris Arvidson and Diane Nelson Jones. Published by McFarland and Company in 2017, the book includes 30 essays from fans across the country.
Charlotte Writers’ Club North is pleased to sponsor this event featuring Charlotte area contributors: Stephen Ward, Ellyn Ritterskamp, Rebecca Laxton, Caroline Kane Kenna, Henry Doss and editor Chris Arvidson. Written and edited by baseball fans, the collection follows the arc of a season from spring training when every team has the potential to be a winner, through the guts and grind of the regular season and the crowning of the World Series champion.
Join us as we celebrate America’s pastime. Wear your team colors, show your team spirit. There will be popcorn, peanuts and Crackerjacks and stories that take you to the ballpark.
2016-2017 Calendar of Events
October 22, 2016: Voices of Memoir: Telling Stories from Life
November 17, 2016: Ann Campanella -“A Conversation about Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia” - 6pm at Main Street Books in Davidson
December 3, 2016: Local author event during Christmas at Davidson - 6pm - 9pm. Look for our table in Main Street Books.
January 25, 2017: Joseph Bathanti - Award-winning poet, essayist and novelist and former NC Poet Laureate - at Waterbean Coffee in Huntersville (CWC North is partnering with Iodine Poetry Journal)
January 26, 2017: Joseph Bathanti will read/sign books at Main Street Books in Davidson from 7pm-8pm.
March 1, 2017: Poetry Reading - Words with Love to The People & Our Planet: A Call for Equality, Inclusion, Peace & Integrity
April 22, 2017: Marla Brown to lead a Playwriting Workshop