Poetry & Prose: A Virtual Gathering
Join Orange County Public Library as we host a virtual conversation with acclaimed poets, Dee Stribling, Laurie Wilcox-Meyer, Sue Weaver Dunlap, and Kimberlyn Blum-Hyclak via Zoom! Each writer will be reading several of their poems and engaging in creative discussion following. This event is free, but registration is required. Visit www.bit.ly/writingevents to register. New to Zoom? Information will be provided when you receive your registration confirmation.
About the moderator: Nora Gaskin
Nora Gaskin is a lifelong resident of the Durham-Chapel Hill area. She has a bachelor’s degree in English with Honors in Creative Writing from UNC, and a Masters in English from the University of Washington in Seattle. Her first novel, Until Proven: A Mystery in 2 Parts, was released in October 2012 through her publishing business, Lystra Books & Literary Services. While the book is entirely fiction, the seed for it was a real murder that happened in Chapel Hill on Christmas Eve, 1963. In 2013, Nora published a nonfiction book about that Christmas Eve murder, Time of Death, to further explore the questions it raised. Her second novel, The Worst Thing, appeared in May 2018. She lives and writes in Chatham County, inspired by her native landscape, her husband, and dogs. Her favorite word is “gratitude.”
About the Poets & Writers:
Dee Stribling: Dee is a poet focusing on culture and landscape. Her poems are tributes to friends and places embodying the strength, struggle, and beauty of rural and small town settings. The author of several poetry chapbooks, she has twice been a Sundress Academy for the Arts poetry winner and currently is her hometown poet laureate. In addition to poetry, she’s working on a memoir about her childhood and a children’s book. She also enjoys blogging (www.deestribling.com/blog ) and documentary film (vimeo.com/ondemand/thewhynotswomenchampions ). She holds a Ph. D. from UNC-CH in Geography. After a successful career in software, she remains interested in the intersection of art and science, celebrating the creative synergy between both worlds.
Laurie Wilcox-Meyer: Laurie’s latest collection, Conversation In The Key Of Blue, was published by Main Street Rag Publishing, 2020. She lives in the mountains of Western North Carolina where she often spots bears while hiking and meditating about her next poem. She is Co-Founder of Poetry Pathways, a project intended to celebrate poetry and make poetry accessible along Asheville City Greenways.
Sue Weaver Dunlap: Sue lives deep in the Southern Appalachian Mountains near Walland, Tennessee, where she and her husband Raymond live and work a mountain farm. Here, among the bear, turkeys, deer, and pets, she writes poetry, fiction, and memoir. Her poems have appeared in Appalachian Journal, Anthology of Appalachian Writers, Appalachian Heritage, Pine Mountain Sand and Gravel, and Southern Poetry Anthology, among other anthologies and journals. Her poetry has won several awards. Dunlap retired from teaching in 2012 and has since taught poetry classes, done free-lance editing, and volunteered with Tennessee Mountain Writers and Mountain Heritage Literary Festival. Her chapbook entitled The Story Tender was released by Finishing Line Press in 2014 and her full collection entitled Knead in 2016 by Main Street Rag. A full poetry collection entitled A Walk to the Spring House is forthcoming spring 2021.
Kimberlyn Blum-Hyclak: Kim’s inspiration comes from small town living, and the people and beauty of nature around her. Kim’s first poetry collection, In the Garden of Life and Death ~ A Mother and Daughter Walk was published by Main Street Rag. Her latest projects include researching and writing the 100-year history of her parish, and co-editing Kakalak 2020, a poetry and art journal. Her poems, essays, and short stories have appeared in several literary journals and she is a Pushcart Prize nominee.