★ A poem between friends: “Ithaka” by C.P. Cavafy

My friend, the writer Maura Kelly, sent me a link to a poem. It was "Ithaka" by C.P. Cavafy, a work I had been given once before in the form of  C.P. Cavafy: Collected Poems, translated by Edmund Keeley and Philp Sherrard and edited by George Savidis (Princeton University Press, 1975). Maura had written in the… Continue reading ★ A poem between friends: “Ithaka” by C.P. Cavafy

★ 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

★ Kick off your summer reading with Michelle Gable and Shari Henry

The Roanoke County Public Library's summer reading program is in full swing, and it's not just for kids.  Kick off your summer reading with a sit-down chat with Library Director Shari Henry and California-based author Michelle Gable on Sunday afternoon, June 2. The 3 PM chat will take place at the South County Library.  While… Continue reading ★ Kick off your summer reading with Michelle Gable and Shari Henry

★ 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

★ 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