★ Tim Thornton named 2018 Writer on the Bus

On March 1st, Roanoke’s Art by Bus program announced Tim Thornton as the 2018 Writer on the Bus. A component of Art by Bus, Writer on the Bus is a joint effort of Ride Solutions, the Roanoke Arts Commission and Valley Metro, highlighting public transportation in the region with literary, performing, and visual arts. Tim… Continue reading ★ Tim Thornton named 2018 Writer on the Bus

★ 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

★ Celebrate four years of Soul Sessions Saturday, 2/10

  Congratulations Bryan Hancock and the Soul Sessions team for four years of creating a supportive space for new voices. Get some background on Soul Sessions in this 2017 post, or far better, head out to Theater 3 on Saturday, 2/10, to the anniversary show. Soul Sessions IV: The Love Movement- will feature musical guest… Continue reading ★ Celebrate four years of Soul Sessions Saturday, 2/10

★ Marissa Mazek sticks around to make a difference

An opportunity offered Roanoke by its surrounding universities is a chance to retain some of the talented, energetic students the schools attract. During their tenure here, we introduce them to our community and hope that something sticks. Fortunately, Marissa Mazek stuck. The 28 year-old Roanoke Public Libraries community services assistant moved to Roanoke to attend… Continue reading ★ Marissa Mazek sticks around to make a difference

★ 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

★ On local voices and local support at Book No Further

In a BOOK CITY, we each have a voice.  We use it to connect, to advocate, to share, to teach, and to question. We do this with words on paper, with some of that writing getting polished up into printed form. And now that we have a responsive local book store that emphasizes the work of… Continue reading ★ On local voices and local support at Book No Further

★ Seasonal Soul: Final Soul Sessions of 2017 Wednesday

Join Bryan Hancock and the Soul Sessions family on Wednesday, December 20, for a potluck, spoken word performances, and music by Jane Gabrielle of Radar Rose.  Sign ups begin at 7:45 for performers and for this seasonal Soul Sessions, holiday themed poetry is welcomed. Soul Sessions is located in downtown Roanoke at 16 West Marketplace… Continue reading ★ Seasonal Soul: Final Soul Sessions of 2017 Wednesday

★ 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!

★ Giving thanks

Oh, that for which I am grateful. For books. For the freedom to write in a community of disparate voices equally free. For the time, sight, and mind for words. For the vision of tomorrow alive in our libraries, our neighborhoods and schools. For new ventures, willing risk takers, and this place worth the investment. For the love… Continue reading ★ Giving thanks

★ 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