★ Back to the headwaters: Susan Hankla’s CLINCH RIVER

Roanoke based Groundhog Poetry Press has released Clinch River, Susan Hankla’s debut poetry collection. The 58 narrative poems form a landscape of memory. The terrain is snowy white and coal black. Blood red and peacock blue. The green of algae. Knowledge of the world and the self is colored by what is revealed or hidden. Words… Continue reading ★ Back to the headwaters: Susan Hankla’s CLINCH RIVER

★ Middle grade author Angie Smibert on her writerly Roanoke neighborhood

Roanoke, Virginia based author Angie Smibert writes primarily for young adult and middle-grade readers. But even within that target demographic, there’s solid diversity in her work. In fiction, she’s published a number of short stories and the Memento Nora series of novels (Marshall Cavendish, 2011-13). In 2018 - 2020, she’ll release the Ghosts of Ordinary… Continue reading ★ Middle grade author Angie Smibert on her writerly Roanoke neighborhood

★ Roanoke Writer’s Collective: Rachel Barton on shaping a creative life

The Roanoke Writer’s Collective meets most Sunday afternoons at a local coffee shop for an hour of writing. Monthly, they host peer workshops. Organized by 2016 Roanoke College graduate Rachel Barton, the group is very welcoming to new members. If this supportive group looks like a fit, contact Rachel below about attending the next session.… Continue reading ★ Roanoke Writer’s Collective: Rachel Barton on shaping a creative life

★ New Roanoke County library chief Shari Henry on the marketplace of ideas

Roanoke County has welcomed a new Director of Library Services. Shari Henry relocated for the position from Northern Virginia, where she was most recently division chief of materials management for the Arlington Public Library. She’s active in the Virginia Library Association and currently chairs the Intellectual Freedom Committee. She graciously filled us in on some… Continue reading ★ New Roanoke County library chief Shari Henry on the marketplace of ideas

★ Hayleigh Worgan on chaos and creating complex characters

Hayleigh Worgan

Words surround Hayleigh Worgan. By day, the 2011 Roanoke College graduate can be found connecting young people to books in the Young Adult department of the South Roanoke County Library. She’s also the editorial director of Bella Magazine. And at 27, the writer and visual artist has a YA novel and a collection of poetry… Continue reading ★ Hayleigh Worgan on chaos and creating complex characters

★ Dwayne Yancey’s other gig: On getting his plays into the world

The region is rich in talented writers quietly and tenaciously pursuing an avocation. For playwright Dwayne Yancey, that dedication results in staged productions and performances in professional theaters, communities, and schools around the country. Having published a dozen plays, Yancey is prolific—and that output is in addition to his 1,000 words each day on the… Continue reading ★ Dwayne Yancey’s other gig: On getting his plays into the world

★ Rev. Joe Cobb writes the next chapter

Reverend Joe Cobb recently stepped down as the pastor of Metropolitan Community Church of the Blue Ridge after nearly eight years with the congregation. This month he’ll legally marry his partner James. He’s co-written a memoir, Our Family Outing: A Memoir of Coming Out and Coming Through, with his former spouse, Reverend Leigh Anne Taylor. And he says another… Continue reading ★ Rev. Joe Cobb writes the next chapter

★ Roanoke’s secret garden: A summer of children’s literature at Hollins

While not locked away as tightly as Mrs. Craven's garden at Misselthwaite Manor, the summer season of the Hollins program in Children's Literature and Children's Book Illustration offers a rich and underappreciated opportunity for the community. With more than a dozen literary events spanning the six weeks from June 19 to July 28, locals can fashion their own free children's book… Continue reading ★ Roanoke’s secret garden: A summer of children’s literature at Hollins

★ Moonshine Widow Ibby Greer to speak at Reynolds Homestead June 7

Reynolds Homestead will host Ibby Greer for a Wednesday, June 7, author talk. Elizabeth Taylor Greer will discuss her late husband's legal history, The Great Moonshine Conspiracy Trial of 1935 (2002). Greer edited the work. And she’s done a whole lot more. For a quick sample, we checked in with the Roanoke resident, a woman of words… Continue reading ★ Moonshine Widow Ibby Greer to speak at Reynolds Homestead June 7