★ 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

★ On living and telling: Hankla’s Lost Places

Cathryn Hankla’s Lost Places: On Losing and Finding Home (Mercer University Press, 2018) collects essays on place, memory, and time, to explore the question, What is home? Meditations on landscape, identity, the body, our environment, and domestic spaces are woven with personal and family history upon a weft of literary, social, and art criticism. Hankla’s… Continue reading ★ On living and telling: Hankla’s Lost Places

★ Drawing from the beauty of this world: Jim Minick at Hollins’ Lex Allen Literary Festival April 7

Jim Minick will return to the region for Hollins University's Lex Allen Literary Festival on April 7, reading from his most recent work, Fire is Your Water.  Minick is an assistant professor at Augusta University and core faculty in Converse College's low-residency MFA program. He formerly taught at Radford University and will also appear at the… Continue reading ★ Drawing from the beauty of this world: Jim Minick at Hollins’ Lex Allen Literary Festival April 7

★ Melody Warnick loves where she writes

Melody Warnick tapped the resources and skills she developed as a freelance journalist to create a compendium of community engagement and placemaking strategies. This Is Where You Belong: Finding Home Wherever You Are (Viking/Penguin, 2016) is both personal essay and how-to guide, encouraging creative and committed participation in the world around us. The world around Warnick is… Continue reading ★ Melody Warnick loves where she writes

★ Martha Park renders a community

Issue 24 of Ecotone, the journal of place-based writing, features the work of former Roanoke resident Martha E. Park.  In her stay, Park immersed herself in Roanoke and the historic Gainsboro community, and her new illustrated work is a result of close study during that period. To mark the publication, Martha told us a little about… Continue reading ★ Martha Park renders a community

★ Mill Mountain Theatre’s Travis Kendrick asks young playwrights to Write Stuff!

Write Stuff!—Mill Mountain Theatre’s young playwrights program, returns for its second year in 2018. The playwriting competition is open to middle and high school students and the deadline for submissions is Dec. 31, 2017. Winning plays will be selected by a panel of Mill Mountain Theatre (MMT) professional artists. The chosen plays will be performed… Continue reading ★ Mill Mountain Theatre’s Travis Kendrick asks young playwrights to Write Stuff!

★ Grant Kittrell sits down, figures this out

Grant Kittrell may not be from here, but we're claiming him. He came to the area to attend Hollins, and now that he's graduated, locally employed and locally published, you can find him here and there reading from his first book of prose poems, Let's Sit Down, Figure this Out (Groundhog Poetry Press, 2017).  Pick up… Continue reading ★ Grant Kittrell sits down, figures this out

★ A remembrance for Veterans’ Day: Biographer Heath Hardage Lee on The League of Wives

Roanoke-based biographer and independent curator Heath Hardage Lee focuses her biographies and exhibitions on hidden stories of women whom history has overlooked or forgotten. The subject of her first book, Winnie Davis: Daughter of a Lost Cause (Potomac Books, 2014), was Varina Anne "Winnie" Davis, the daughter of Confederate President Jefferson Davis.  It's easy to see… Continue reading ★ A remembrance for Veterans’ Day: Biographer Heath Hardage Lee on The League of Wives

★ Finding Roanoke with Susanna Thornton of Thornfield Farms

In the next Finding Roanoke conversation, the Local Environmental Agriculture Project will host a conversation on local food and vibrant communities. Susanna Thornton of Thornfield Farm will be one of the local farmers participating, and she talked with us as a quick preview of the evening. BOOK CITY ★ Roanoke: On the website for Thornfield… Continue reading ★ Finding Roanoke with Susanna Thornton of Thornfield Farms