Wed. 3/21 7pm
Michael Chitwood launches his new book of poems Search and Rescue
Join us as Michael Chitwood launches his new book of poems, Search and Rescue, winner of the L.E. Phillabaum award from LSU Press. He'll also read and discuss his edited volume Best Creative Nonfiction of the South, Volume II: North Carolina, along with contributor Scott Huler.
About Search and Rescue and Michael Chitwood:
In Search and Rescue, Michael Chitwood seeks what the pagan Celts called the thin places, the spots where otherworldliness bleeds into the everyday. Beginning with childhood, the poet meditates on the intersection of the sacred and secular, on those luminous moments we can only partially understand. Water anchors the collection with the title poem, which explores the history of a large manmade lake and how it changes the surrounding mountain community. Displaying keen narrative skills and an engaging voice, the poems in Search and Rescue pay homage to Whitman and Dickinson, to Heaney and Wright, in pursuit of the everyday grace of Appalachian culture and the natural landscape.
Born in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, Michael Chitwood lives and works as a writer and teacher in Chapel Hill, NC.
About Best Creative Nonfiction of the South, Volume II: North Carolina:
Best Creative Nonfiction of the South serves as a valuable resource for scholars, students, writers, and general readers interested in creative nonfiction both from specific areas of the South and across the region as a whole. This North Carolina volume, second in the series, contains essays that celebrate and document the Tar Heel state's diverse cultures and geography, from the mountains to the sea. The writers included here come from diverse backgrounds, generations, and artistic traditions, and as with most volumes in the series, this one indirectly reflects literary changes within the region over time.
About Scott Huler:
The author of six books of nonfiction, Scott Huler has writtenfor such newspapers as the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and the Los Angeles Times and such magazines as Backpacker, Fortune, and ESPN. He has taught at Berry College and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His books have been translated into five languages. He was a 2014-2015 Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT, during which he retraced John Lawson's early 18th-century journey through the Carolinas; a book about that journey, A Delicious Country, is in press with UNC Press for release in Spring 2019. He lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, with his wife, the writer June Spence, and their two sons.