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2018-2019 Calendar of Events


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.  
This event is free and open to the public. Main Street Books in Davidson is located at 126 S. Main Street, Davidson, NC.


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.

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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

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