Thursday 11/8, 7pm-8:30pm (informal get-together next door at The Root Cellar 6:30pm)
Two featured poets will each read for approximately 20 minutes and, after a short break for the readers to sign books, there will be a poetry open mic. Please sign up to read no later than 6:45 pm. Each open mic reader will be limited to no more than a page of poetry. There’s an informal get-together before the reading at 6:30pm next door at Root Cellar.
Michael Gaspeny’s chapbook Re-Write Men (2017) is available from Finishing Line Press. A previous chapbook Vocation was published by Main Street Rag Publishing Company in 2013. His poems have inspired a street sculpture and appeared in a florist’s window. He has won the Randall Jarrell Poetry Prize and the O. Henry Festival Short Story Competition. He has published in Brilliant Corners: A Journal of Jazz and Literature; storySouth; The Greensboro Review; and Flying South as well as many other journals. In his 17th year of hospice service, he received The (North Carolina) Governor’s Award for Volunteer Excellence. He taught English and journalism for nearly four decades, mainly at High Point University and Bennett College. A former sportswriter and general assignments reporter, Gaspeny covered University of Arkansas sports and Bill Clinton’s first campaign for national office. His features about Clinton’s losing race for Congress have been frequently quoted in Clinton biographies. He is married to the novelist and essayist Lee Zacharias. They have two sons—Al and Max.
Steve Cushman earned his MFA from UNC-Greensboro. He has published four works of fiction, including the 2004 Novello Literary Award winning novel, Portisville, and most recently the novel, Hopscotch. His first full-length poetry collection, How Birds Fly, is the winner of the 2018 Lena Shull Book Award.