★ Art for Everyone: Susan Jennings’ lasting impact

Roanoke Arts and Culture Coordinator Susan Jennings is retiring at the end of July.  She was the first person to take on the role, and indeed, it was built for her. Formerly the executive director of the Arts Council of the Blue Ridge, Susan made the move from Arts Commission member to City staff member… Continue reading ★ Art for Everyone: Susan Jennings’ lasting impact

★ Erika Joyner on the Power of Women Poetry Presence

Erika Joyner is an active community building presence in the Roanoke Valley. A native of New York, Joyner has worked in a variety of efforts to create a just and equitable society through anti-war, anti-racism, and cooperative efforts in Detroit and Virginia. A transgender woman, she's been in Roanoke for seven years. During that time,… Continue reading ★ Erika Joyner on the Power of Women Poetry Presence

★ Thursdays in June: HEALING THE HEART OF DEMOCRACY

The New Connections Book Club began meeting on Thursday, June 6, to discuss Parker J. Palmer's Healing the Heart of Democracy. Next meeting:Thursday, 6/27, 6:30 PM - South County Library (chapters 6, 7, and 8). This welcoming group is open to the public and is dedicated to understanding the issues and language that connect and separate… Continue reading ★ Thursdays in June: HEALING THE HEART OF DEMOCRACY

★ Jeri Rogers on the 2019 ARTEMIS Launch: June 7 at the Taubman

Volume XXVI of ARTEMIS JOURNAL features "On the Maury" by artist and author Sally Mann. Artemis Journal rolls out its 26th issue on Friday, June 7, at the Taubman Museum of Art. In anticipation, we asked Jeri Rogers, the indefatigable lead of the all-volunteer team behind this literary and arts mainstay, what we should expect… Continue reading ★ Jeri Rogers on the 2019 ARTEMIS Launch: June 7 at the Taubman

★ On pace with Blue Hippo Poetry Club’s Sam Lafaye

Being a real fan of something can make life a much richer experience. You study it and learn its intricacies. It's an opening to new worlds. Then when you get together with other like-minded folks, things really start to happen. The energy is infectious. We learn from each other in a common bond. Understanding leaps.… Continue reading ★ On pace with Blue Hippo Poetry Club’s Sam Lafaye

★ Take a book, leave a book at a Little Free Library

We Roanokers are lucky to have so many public libraries. But did you know we also have numerous “little” libraries? Ten years ago, Todd Bol of Hudson, Wisconsin, built a model one-room schoolhouse as a tribute to his Mother, a teacher. He put it on a post in his front yard, filled it with books… Continue reading ★ Take a book, leave a book at a Little Free Library

★ Raleigh Court Branch Library book club reading THE SECOND MOUNTAIN

New York Times columnist David Brooks delivers a surprise in introduction of his new book, The Second Mountain: The Quest for a Moral Life (Random House, 2019). He defines joy. He quotes Tolstoy and David Whyte. There's poetry and survey work on mysticism. Brooks has shed a rigid exoskeleton, and he's refreshingly frank, right from… Continue reading ★ Raleigh Court Branch Library book club reading THE SECOND MOUNTAIN

★ The bottom line on THE COLOR OF LAW: Read it.

The New Connections book club wrapped up their three-session discussion of Richard Rothstein's The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America. The unanimous opinion was that the book is well worth the read. "How do we get it in more people's hands?" asked Sorell Murillo, the host of session three. In… Continue reading ★ The bottom line on THE COLOR OF LAW: Read it.

★ Monday: Share a poem at Poetry by Heart

Poetry can reach us in surprising ways, and to celebrate National Poetry Month, we’re coming together in a casual and fun meet-up to share those poems we hold in our hearts. Perhaps a poem has surprised you with insight, lifted you, or made you laugh at just the right time. Try committing it to memory… Continue reading ★ Monday: Share a poem at Poetry by Heart