★ Jeanne Larsen on WHAT PENELOPE CHOOSES

Professor Jeanne Larsen of the Jackson Center for Creative Writing at Hollins University has published a new collection of poems, What Penelope Chooses (Cider Press Review, 2019). The work was, itself, chosen—winning the Cider Press Review Book Award. The San Diego press uses an independent judge to select one manuscript for publication each year and… Continue reading ★ Jeanne Larsen on WHAT PENELOPE CHOOSES

★ REPO GIRL’s Jane Fenton at Roanoke Author Invasion Saturday (4/6)

At Saturday's free Roanoke Author Invasion, Jane Fenton will join nearly 70 other writers of contemporary and paranormal fiction in selling books and greeting fans. Fenton is based in Ferrum and is the author of the Repo Girl series. Fenton's series has more than 200 positive reviews on Amazon, which landed it on multiple Amazon bestselling… Continue reading ★ REPO GIRL’s Jane Fenton at Roanoke Author Invasion Saturday (4/6)

★ City Builder: Oneida Huntington rallies an LGBTQ+ Book Club

Christiansburg attorney Oneida Huntington has started an LGBTQ book club through the Southwest Virginia LGBT Memorial Library. The library houses, cares for, and lends books on LGBTQ+ subjects at the Roanoke Diversity Center. Gathering to discuss some those books just makes sense. But indeed, nothing happens without someone to lead the effort, organize folks, do… Continue reading ★ City Builder: Oneida Huntington rallies an LGBTQ+ Book Club

★ Book, Exhibit, Movie: Heath Hardage Lee’s untold story of the LEAGUE OF WIVES

There are shelves of nonfiction books subtitled with words like "forgotten", "untold", and "hidden". As a society, we've overlooked extraordinary leaders in historic moments. They are women, people of color, activists, and those fighting for change against powerful forces within entrenched systems. Fortunately, there are talented researchers and writers with the commitment to bring these stories… Continue reading ★ Book, Exhibit, Movie: Heath Hardage Lee’s untold story of the LEAGUE OF WIVES

★ Fly Fiction with YELLOW STONEFLY’s Tim Poland

Yellow Stonefly (Swallow Press, 2018) is a Radford University Professor Emeritus Tim Poland's second novel. Revisiting characters from his 2009 The Safety of Deeper Water (Vandalia Press), Poland takes readers to the the banks and tributaries of the fictional Ripshin River, where Sandy Holston's life is postcard peaceful, but only when she stands in waders midstream, rod in hand.… Continue reading ★ Fly Fiction with YELLOW STONEFLY’s Tim Poland

★ A Good Plan is Hard to Find: Southern communities confront rising seas in Rick Van Noy’s SUDDEN SPRING

Radford University Professor of English Rick Van Noy has released the region’s first new work of the new year. Sudden Spring: Stories of Adaptation in a Climate Changed South (University of Georgia Press, 2019) is an exploration of Southern coastal and mountain communities adjusting and preparing for what might be considered ‘the new abnormal’—shifting and unexpected weather… Continue reading ★ A Good Plan is Hard to Find: Southern communities confront rising seas in Rick Van Noy’s SUDDEN SPRING

★ Make Them Care: Virginia Western’s Carole Tarrant on tough challenges, compassionate responses and the role of the community’s college

In late September, Virginia Western Community College hosted a two-part presentation on Beth Macy's Dopesick. The local and best-selling author again filled the room. There were readers and neighbors, family members of the sick and dead. Some of those who were present are living a constant personal struggle. For others, the struggle is professional, and… Continue reading ★ Make Them Care: Virginia Western’s Carole Tarrant on tough challenges, compassionate responses and the role of the community’s college

★ Stories of the Day: Karen E. Bender explores THE NEW ORDER

Karen E. Bender explores fear, the power people assume, and the last refuges of the powerless in her story collection, The New Order, out today from Counterpoint Press. Separated by fear, the characters in the 11 tight stories feel a lot like us. They scurry for safety in a world in which cars are "big… Continue reading ★ Stories of the Day: Karen E. Bender explores THE NEW ORDER

★ Mary Carter Bishop on the publication of her memoir, DON’T YOU EVER

Longtime journalist Mary Carter Bishop has published a memoir, deploying her reporter's eye on the subject of her own family in Don't You Ever: My Mother and Her Secret Son (Harper, 2018). Bishop, well known to longtime readers of the Roanoke Times & World News, was named a Pulitzer finalist and awarded a George Polk award… Continue reading ★ Mary Carter Bishop on the publication of her memoir, DON’T YOU EVER

★ Marking National Poetry Month with Carilion Clinic’s Angela Charlton

Carilion Clinic's Dr. Robert L.A. Keeley Healing Arts Program understands the power of words. At least two of the artists in residence have been writers; the Burden Boat transforms words of personal struggle in a ritual of community healing; and Poetry in the Waiting Room touches guests and patients across the healthcare system on a daily basis.… Continue reading ★ Marking National Poetry Month with Carilion Clinic’s Angela Charlton