National Poetry Month 2020: Contagion by Linda Vigen Phillips

For National Poetry Month 2020, we present the poetry and prose from our Members.

CONTAGION
by Linda Vigen Phillips

I can smell the poetry

in the air

everywhere, and be careful

it is contagious.

I explored the streets without cover

and oh my,

I did discover things without

and within.

Wisteria grabbed my nose

on a walk

usually brisk, but now the gift of time

demands my attention, a twist.

A disturbance overhead, I hear

two hawks

frenzied by two ravens

too curious about the nest.

Squirrels, always squirrely

can be ignored

but wait, a symphony

inside my head choreographs their dance.

I came down with it,

the poetry.

An infectious smile

invades my languid soul.

Linda is the author of two Young Adult novels-in-verse: Behind These Hands (Light Messages, 2018) and Crazy (Eerdmans, 2014),  Follow her on Twitter @LVigenPhillips

 

National Poetry Month 2020: Los Angeles 2025 by Sarah Archer

For National Poetry Month 2020, we present the Poetry and prose from our Members.

Los Angeles, 2025
by Sarah Archer 

The car door parts for you like lips.
All night this vessel has sketched a silver web
over the contained chaos of L.A., taking fares like lovers.
You are not the only one this hour, or on this corner;
a queue of feet bisects the block,
each pair’s face lit by its hand’s cool, compartmentalized glow.

Each man to machine neatly assigned,
algorithmic fate, calculated invisibly in the emptiness above your heads,
triangulated in the stars.
Yours murmurs you down the street on a current and a spell.

The city is gussied up tonight:
the street signs slick and skinny, the all-night
donuts awning hot, tawdry pink. Bars wink
from the strings of unlit storefronts like gold
in a fortune teller’s bow of teeth.
A rare recent rain has slicked motor oil to the skin
of the asphalt.  It glimmers off the curves
of Melrose like the tips of cigarettes.
Each scene flames out in a frame.

And everywhere the cars are streaming, gliding,
they zip perfectly around parabolas as if magnetized to a track,
they are clean as needles, dazzling in their voltaic wills,
they are everyone’s and no one’s,
they conceal us.

It feels good to own nothing,
you are pure, sanitary, as empty as a reflection.
You leave nothing but air.

Sarah Archer’s first novel, The Plus One was published in July 2019, by G.P. Putnam’s Sons. Follow Sarah on Twitter @SarahArcherM

 

National Poetry Month 2020: Trolls by Sarah Thompson

For National Poetry Month 2020, we present the Poetry and prose from our Members.

TROLLS
by Sarah Thompson

A troll controls my backpack
So that he can hitch a ride.
He should be guarding bridges,
But he says he’s occupied.


My troll demands a pittance
Every time I crack the top.
My back will break from pennies
If this troll won’t ever stop.


He eats my pens and pencils
Like my school supplies are snacks.
He dines on work for math class;
All that work I won’t get back!


He tears the strings from string cheese
When he breaks into my lunch.
He likes to drain my thermos
Of hot soup or icy punch.


He’s got to leave my book bag;
I won’t change my mind a smidge.
Rude trolls are not for backpacks . . .


Do you maybe have a bridge?

–from Sarah Thompson’s book Yard Art, A Collection of Children’s Poetry (Missing Goat Press, January 2020). Illustrated by Bree Stallings.
Follow Sarah Thompson on Twitter @authorFT

Join us March 9th for our Spring “Meet the Authors” Evening

park road books picJoin us for our
Spring Meet the Authors Evening
Monday, March 9th, 7:00 – 8:30 PM
at 
Park Road Books
4139 Park Rd, Charlotte

Join us for an evening of conversation with three prominent, southern-based authors, invited by the chapter.

(Author Bios & Book Summaries, click here)

 

Abigail DeWitt, author of News of Our Loved Ones (Harper Perennial TP)

 

 

 

 

 

Donna Everhart, author of The Moonshiners Daughter (Kensington, TP)

 

 

 

 

 

 Susan Beckham Zurenda, author of Bells for Eli (Mercer University Press HC)

 

 

Each will speak briefly about their new novels, then give opportunity for one-on-one questions and discussion.

We’ll have wine, refreshments, and a chance to mingle with the authors as well! For more info or questions, contact Susan Walker, susan.walker.books@gmail.com 

 

Book Club Meetup: Tuesday, March 3rd

last year of warCome and discuss The Last Year of the War by Susan Meissner (Berkeley, HC) 
Tuesday, March 3, 7:00pm
Panera Bread, 5940 Fairview Rd., Charlotte

Synopsis: A German American girl and a Japanese American girl sent to the same internment camp during WWII become close friends before each being repatriated, with their families, to the country of their parents, countries neither child has ever known, during the last years of the war. This is a fresh look at WWII and internment, one that might give us pause given the rising shadow of increased nationalism we’re seeing today.

All are welcome to attend, to give your input or learn about a new book to read!

😊 📚 All titles for our bookclub are selected from WNBA’s Great Group Reads List.

Book Club Meetup, Tuesday, February 4th

E43301A3-1323-474B-BC4E-336EBA2E21E9Come and discuss Southernmost by Silas House (Algonquin, TP) 
Tuesday, February 4, 7:00pm
AMELIE’S BAKERY (updated!) 4321 Park Road., Charlotte, NC.

Synopsis: An evangelical minister in Tennessee reexamining his beliefs and teachings finds himself at odds with his congregation and his wife over the issue of homosexuality in this soul-searching novel about tolerance, family, right versus wrong, and forgiveness.

All are welcome to attend, to give your input or learn about a new book to read!

😊 📚 All titles for our bookclub are selected from WNBA’s Great Group Reads List.
Interested in knowing more about that committee? Contact Kristen Knox, KKnox.NatlReadingGrpMonth@gmail.com

Book Club Meetup: Tuesday, January 7th

C2638D58-0314-4BCD-A8EB-38DBFD093096Come and discuss Mrs. Everything by Jennifer Weiner (Atria) 
Tuesday, January 7th, 7:00pm
Panera Bread, 5940 Fairview Rd., Charlotte, NC.

Synopsis: Growing up in 1950s Detroit, they live in a perfect “Dick and Jane” house, where their roles in the family are clearly defined. Jo is the tomboy, the bookish rebel with a passion to make the world more fair; Bethie is the pretty, feminine good girl, a would-be star who enjoys the power her beauty confers and dreams of a traditional life. But the truth ends up looking different from what the girls imagined. Jo and Bethie survive traumas and tragedies, and neither sister inhabit the world she dreams of, or a life that feels authentic or joyful. Is it too late for the women to finally stake a claim on happily ever after?

All are welcome to attend, to give your input or learn about a new book to read!

 

😊 📚 All titles for our bookclub are selected from WNBA’s Great Group Reads List.
Interested in knowing more about that committee? Contact Kristen Knox, KKnox.NatlReadingGrpMonth@gmail.com

Book Club Meetup: Tuesday, December 3rd

laurentian divideCome and discuss Laurentian Divide by Sarah Stonich (Univ. of Minnesota Press, TP) 
Tuesday, December 3rd, 7:00pm
Panera Bread, 5940 Fairview Rd., Charlotte, NC

Synopsis: A small, northern Minnesota community waits for semi-hermit Rauri Paar to reappear in their midst, signaling the end of winter. As the residents wait, their own lives move forward even without Rauri. This is a warm, wise, and wonderful look at the inhabitants of a small town, at connection, and support in good times and bad.

Please come, whether you’ve read / liked the book or not!

All titles for our bookclub are selected from WNBA’s Great Group Reads List. Interested in knowing more about that committee? Contact Kristen Knox, KKnox.NatlReadingGrpMonth@gmail.com

Publishing Panel “How to Gain Readers and Sell More Books”

Tuesday, November 21st
6:00 – 7:30pm
Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, Morrison Regional Branch
7015 Morrison Blvd., Charlotte, NC
Cost: Free!

Whether you have a book published/being published with a top five house, a small/indie press, or by yourself, knowing how to help sell from the author’s end is always beneficial.

These panelists will give tips and insight into how authors can help with marketing and promotion of their book on their end, and gain sales and exposure. This event is also beneficial to those interested in PR/Publicity/Media in the Queen City and beyond! Light refreshments served! 

Panelists include:

LyndaBouchard pubLynda Bouchard, Founder of Booking Authors Ink, a marketing firm dedicated to Southern authors.  Lynda collaborates with publishing houses on Southern publicity campaigns and serves as an ‘author concierge’ for authors traveling throughout the South. Follow her @AuthorSink

 

 

PriscillaGoudreau-Santos Pub

Priscilla Goudreau-Santos, WNBA-Charlotte Publicity Chair (2012-19), and owner of Priscilla Goudreau Public Relations & Marketing. Her expertise includes traditional and online marketing from strategy through implementation with a focus on public and press relations. Follow her @priscillagoudre

 

 

RickMiles pubRick Miles, CEO and co-founder of Red Coat PR, and co-founder of Penned Con, a book convention hosted annually in St. Louis, Missouri, where all proceeds are donated to charity.

 

Jennifer Moxley pubJennifer Moxley, founder of Sunshine Media Network. She has worked in the news for 21 years.  Moxley teaches workshops on understanding the media to help people better connect with newsrooms. Follow her at @JennMoxley

 

NICOLE280Nicole Ayers (Moderator), owner of Ayers Edits. and writer of three companion books due out in early 2020: Love Notes to My Body; Love Letters to My Body: Writing My Way to (Self-)Love; and Writing Your Way to (Self-)Love: A Guided Journal. Follow her @AyersEdits

CLICK HERE to RSVP

 

Book Club Meetup: Tuesday, November 5th

Tomorrow'sBread MayhewCome and discuss Tomorrow’s Bread by Anna Jean Mayhew (Kensington Books)
Tuesday, November 5th, 7:00pm
Panera Bread, 5940 Fairview Rd., Charlotte, NC

ABOUT CHARLOTTE HISTORY, Y’ALL!
In 1961 Charlotte, North Carolina, the predominantly black neighborhood of Brooklyn is a bustling city within a city. Self-contained and vibrant, it has its own restaurants, schools, theaters, churches, and night clubs. There are shotgun shacks and poverty, along with well-maintained houses like the one Loraylee Hawkins shares with her young son, Hawk, her Uncle Ray, and her grandmother, Bibi. Loraylee’s love for Archibald Griffin, Hawk’s white father and manager of the cafeteria where she works, must be kept secret in the segregated South.

Loraylee has heard rumors that the city plans to bulldoze her neighborhood, claiming it’s dilapidated and dangerous. The government promises to provide new housing and relocate businesses. But locals like Pastor Ebenezer Polk, who’s facing the demolition of his church, know the value of Brooklyn does not lie in bricks and mortar.

 Please come, whether you’ve read / liked the book or not!

All titles for our bookclub are selected from WNBA’s Great Group Reads List. Interested in knowing more about that committee? Contact Kristen Knox, KKnox.NatlReadingGrpMonth@gmail.com