★ Catch Heath Lee at Independent Book Store Day: Saturday, 4/27

Saturday is Independent Book Store Day, and lucky for us, there's an independent book store in Roanoke. Book No Further will mark the day with books and authors and a little community building around the written word—in other words, business as usual. What's extra special about this day? Cupcakes. Coupons. Giveaways. A free book with… Continue reading ★ Catch Heath Lee at Independent Book Store Day: Saturday, 4/27

★ Roanoke County Director of Libraries Shari Henry on “First Learned, Last Lost”

Roanoke County Director of Libraries Shari Henry memorized a poem for National Poetry Month and our Poetry by Heart project. The poem "First Learned, Last Lost" is by Darby Lyons, a Henry's high school classmate. "Seeing her passion and enthusiasm for the subject matter encouraged me to read poetry more," said Henry. Learn more about… Continue reading ★ Roanoke County Director of Libraries Shari Henry on “First Learned, Last Lost”

★ Healing Arts Artist-in-Residence Sandee McGlaun on “Carry” by Billy Collins

Sandee McGlaun, an artist-in-residence at Carilion Clinic through the Dr. Robert L.A. Keeley Healing Arts program used part of the Billy Collins poem "Carry" in her wedding. To celebrate National Poetry Month, she recited a bit for us and talked about what this poem means to her. Billy Collins was the U.S. Poet Laureate from… Continue reading ★ Healing Arts Artist-in-Residence Sandee McGlaun on “Carry” by Billy Collins

★ 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

★ City of Roanoke Director of Libraries Sheila Umberger: Poetry by Heart

City of Roanoke Director of Libraries Sheila Umberger remembers the impact the poem "Patterns" had on her when she studied it in college. The 1915 poem by Imagist poet Amy Lowell remains with her today. "The Imagists were an active group of poets in Great Britain in the early twentieth century, and they had written… Continue reading ★ City of Roanoke Director of Libraries Sheila Umberger: Poetry by Heart

★ On a million answers: Poetry by Heart with Roanoke Council Member Michelle Davis

Roanoke Council Member Michelle Davis has a poem in her heart. To celebrate National Poetry Month, she recited a bit for us and talks about what she takes from it. In Robert Frost's Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, she sees people searching. They're asking "how do I give back? How do I leave… Continue reading ★ On a million answers: Poetry by Heart with Roanoke Council Member Michelle Davis

★ The Hip-Hop Heart of Harvest Blaque (Poetry by Heart with Bryan Hancock)

For five years Soul Sessions has encouraged the spoken word personal truths of a diverse community of Roanoke word lovers. Naturally the man behind the effort has a lot of poems in his heart. To celebrate National Poetry Month, Bryan Hancock - a.k.a. Harvest Blaque - recited a bit for us and talks the beats,… Continue reading ★ The Hip-Hop Heart of Harvest Blaque (Poetry by Heart with Bryan Hancock)

★ THE COLOR OF LAW Discussion Thursday 4/11

The New Connections book club held its first discussion of Richard Rothstein's The Color of Law last Thursday and will meet again at the Roanoke Main Library at 6:30 PM.  Add the Facebook event to your calendar. Fifteen people came to the meeting and began the discussion around national policies that created as well as… Continue reading ★ THE COLOR OF LAW Discussion Thursday 4/11