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Poetry Reading and Open Mic in Bluefield

Poetry Reading & Open Mic

Share your art.

Experience connection.

Come to the WindHorse Healing Arts Center

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

7 PM

WindHorse Healing Arts Center

422 North Street

Bluefield, WV

(Coming from Bluefield College, turn left at Community Center flashing light, follow road curving to right. Building is on the left just past a parking lot.)

Please bring $2 to help cover costs

Refreshments available

For more information, contact Rob Merritt: 304-920-1860

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Literary events in Lewisburg on November 16

(News courtesy of me, Eric Fritzius)

Just a reminder that I'll be reading three short stories for Carnegie's Brown Bag Tuesday tomorrow, Nov 16, from noon to 12:50 at Carnegie Hall. These will be stories I've not read publicly in Lewisburg before, (though one of them was once read in Caldwell). Feel free to bring your lunch.

Another literary event occurring later the same day will be the community poetry reading at the Greenbrier Valley Theatre, MCed by Tim Armentrout. Members of the community are invited to bring their own poetry to read, or simply poems by others that they enjoy. A special guest poet for the event will be Joseph Cooper, a published poet from Buffalo, New York. Tea, coffee and tasty goodies will be served.

That’s November 16 at 7 p.m. at the Greenbrier Valley Theatre.

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Morgantown authors Holiday Literary Event

Morgantown authors Diane Tarantini and Ted Webb have teamed up for a special pre-holiday literary event at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5, at Zenclay.

The event is free and open to the public. It will be in the upstairs gallery at Zenclay, located at 2862 University Avenue, Morgantown.

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, the authors will share their unique ways of looking at the world, with stories, anecdotes and poems. Get ready for a dynamic, thought-provoking journey into the mind and heart. A book signing will immediately follow the literary performances.

Tarantini won four awards at the 2010 West Virginia Writer’s conference in Ripley. Her writing placed in humor, inspirational, book-length prose, and People’s Choice. The manuscript for her debut novel, “Confessions of a Life Half Lived,” is currently with an editor. The author’s blog is at

“Diane has an approach that is so congenial and unassuming that before you know it she’s woven one of her vignettes around you. It’s really kind of rare and magical,” said West Virginia Writers, Inc. president emeritus Terry McNemar.

“The freshness of Diane's narrative voice, its whimsical tone, belies the grittiness of her subject matter. She crafts layered and often secret worlds with a light, deft touch,” said West Virginia author/editor Geoffrey Cameron Fuller.

Tarantini, a native of Huntington, graduated from West Virginia University’s Perry Isaac Reed School of Journalism. She has been a food panelist with The Dominion Post and currently writes for West Virginia Writers, Inc.

Webb is a co-founding member of Morgantown Poets, a monthly event serving the literary arts community in north-central West Virginia. His poem, “Star Bus,” was featured in Mountain Line’s “Poetry on the Move” program. His writing has been published in Appalachian Sand & Gravel, West Virginia Words, Outstretch, Appalachian Crier and Trillium, among other places. Webb helps organize writing workshops and literary events in the community and is involved in local literary groups. He’s written two books of poetry, “Vision” and “If Peace Were a Promise.”

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WEST VIRGINIA WRITERS Members Live Reading Aug 28 – 30

(This news courtesy of George Lies)

WEST VIRGINIA WRITERS Members Read at Barnes & Noble Friday and Saturday

Morgantown Poets celebrates its one-year anniversary this weekend (Aug. 28-30) with a book fair event at Barnes & Noble. Besides some great musicians and authors, the MWG Writers have been invited to this fund-raiser.

Come hear WVW Writers Members:

-Mary Lucille DeBerry (Friday at 7:00 p.m.),
-George Lies (Saturday at 2:00 p.m.),
-Terry McNemar (Saturday at 2:30 p.m.)
-Patricia Patteson (Saturday at 5:00 p.m.),
-Joey Madia (Sunday 1:00 p.m.)

At Barnes and Noble this coming weekend, the three-day event will feature free and open public readings by West Virginia authors. The schedule follows below. The book fair will serve as a fund-raiser for Morgantown Poets so that the group can continue to conduct its monthly community-based literary arts gathering at the Monongalia Arts Center (MAC). Several musicians will be performing throughout the weekend. Barnes & Noble is located at the University Town Center, 3000 University Towne Centre Drive, off Star City exit off I-79, organtown.


The book fair kicks off with a reception from 6-7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28. Wayne Rowand, a classically trained guitarist, will be performing. Refreshments provided. Immediately following the reception, West Virginia poet Mary Lucille DeBerry (author of "Bertha Butcher's Coat") will read from 7-7:30 p.m., followed by poet Cheryl Denise ("I Saw God Dancing") from 7:30-8 p.m.

On Saturday, Aug. 29, events begin with an 11-11:30 a.m. reading by Cari Carpenter ("Seeing Red: Anger, Sentimentality, and American Indians," a non-fiction book), which will be followed by poet Bonnie M. Brown from 11:30 a.m.-noon. Carpenter is a faculty member in the Department of English at West Virginia University, specializing in 19th century American literature and Native American literature. A published poet, Brown has performed her work throughout the country. Musician Ben Harki will be performing from noon-1 p.m.

George Lies, fiction author and steering committee member for the Morgantown Writers Group (MWG), with stories published in Mountain Voices, Mist on the Mon, and Hamilton Stone Editions, will read from 2-2:30 p.m. Then, fiction author T.W. McNemar ("Ragdoll Angel") will read from 2:30-3 p.m. McNemar is president of West Virginia Writers, Inc., the statewide organization that supports and encourages writing activities throughout West Virginia.

Also on Saturday (Aug. 29), fiction and non-fiction author Patricia Patteson will read from 5-5:30 p.m., followed by Mark Brazaitis (author of the recently released poetry book, "The Other Language") from 5:30-6 p.m. Brazaitis directs the Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing in the Department of English at WVU.

Poet Lori Wilson ("House Where a Woman", Autumn House Press) will read from 7-7:30 p.m., and Suzanne Heagy (author of the novel "Meridian Inn," which has been recently accepted for publication by Diversion Press) will read from 7:30-8 p.m. Wilson is a computer systems analyst and a Master of Fine Arts student at Drew University. Heagy is a faculty member in the Department of Language and Literature at Fairmont State University.

On Sunday, Aug. 30, events begin with a special reading from 1-1:30 p.m.. by Joey Madia (author of the fantasy/adventure novel, "Jester-Knight: Book One of the Ambir Dragon Tales"). Madia's reading of "Jester-Knight" will be enjoyed by older children and teens (ages 10 and up), as well as adults. In addition to his literary pursuits, Madia is the artistic director/resident playwright for New Mystics Theatre Company, Inc., which, according to its Web site, "uses the performing arts as a means of engaging young people, faculty, families, and communities in explorations of cultural and social issues affecting our lives.."

Immediately following the reading of "Jester-Knight," from 1:30-2 p.m., poet, artist and craftswoman Tonya Madia will conduct a special children's reading in the children's section at Barnes & Noble (ages 4-10). She will read from the well-known children's books, "Where the Wild Things Are" by Maurice Sendak and "King Bidgood's in the Bathtub" by Audrey Wood.

Musician and songwriter Jim Savarino, facilitator of the Songwriters Circle at the MAC, will perform from 3-4 p.m. on Sunday. Rounding out the weekend, Morgantown Poets will host an open reading with a sign up sheet for writers in the community from 4-5 p.m. Sunday. Poetry and short excerpts of fiction, non-fiction, essays and other forms of writing/literature suitable for the general public are acceptable for the open reading.

To assist Morgantown Poets, Barnes & Noble is providing vouchers in advance of the book fair which visitors should bring in for presentation when they check out over the weekend.. Barnes & Noble will use the vouchers as a way to donate directly to the MAC, a local, non-profit, community arts organization, to help cover costs associated with Morgantown Poets.

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Literary Tea Tonight

The Greenbrier Valley Theatre of Lewisburg continues its October Literary Tea series tonight with a reading from WV Writers' own Beverley Pauley.

Pauley, the author of the short fiction collection Gothic Bedtime Stories, will read one of her more down to earth (though no less colorful) tales concerning a family in the mentally-trying throes of eating Thanksgiving dinner.

The Literary Tea will take place tonight at 5:30 p.m. at the Greenbrier Valley Theatre in downtown Lewisburg.

Next week, October 23, WV Writers 2008 Short Story category 2nd place winner, Dale Battles, will be on hand to read his winning story.

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Greenbrier County Library welcomes Patsy Pittman

The Greenbrier County Library, in Lewisburg, will hold the June edition of its Brown Bag Lunch series on June 6 at noon in the lower level multi-purpose room. For those not familiar with the Brown Bag Lunch Reading concept, it is thus: You bring your lunch, we’ll provide the place to eat it and some literary entertainment. June’s literary entertainment will be readings of short stories and poems from a new collection called Blood Kin & Other Strangers by WV author (and former WV Writers Treasurer) Patsy Evans Pittman.

In Blood Kin and Other Strangers, Pittman explores that most intimate of mysteries—the family. Drawn from her Appalachian heritage, these short stories and poems show all facets of families, from love and loss, revenge and redemption, to even deceit and murder. This carefully crafted collection features stark drama, gentle humor and surprise endings—and characters who will take you on a journey you won’t soon forget.

A resident of Vienna, W. Va., Patsy has been publishing stories and poetry for many years in such regarded publications as FIRST for Women, Woman’s World, Grit and Confluence Literary Magazine, among others. Her first non-fiction has appeared in Guideposts Books’ Cup of Comfort Ideals, Country Woman and others. She has won numerous awards from Writers Digest, West Virginia Writers, Midwest Writers, Alabama Writers Conclave and received a 2007 Fellowship in Literature from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts.

Patsy Pittman will be on hand for the reading and will be available for autographing copies of her book afterward. Assisting Pittman in the readings will be Eric Fritzius, president of WV Writers and former Greenbrier County Library employee who is returning to help continue the brown bag reading series.

So please join us for our next Brown Bag Reading, June 6 at noon in the lower level of the Greenbrier County Library, Lewisburg. Bring your lunch, bring your ears and prepare to be entertained.

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Patricia Elam Reading in Morgantown

Morgantown: Monday, March 17th, 7:30 p.m.

Visiting Novelist Patricia Elam will read from her novel, Breathing Room, March 17th at WVU. Booklist called "Breathing Room" a "compassionate and genuine" novel that grapples with "the uncertainty and burden of motherhood, the compromise of friendship and the power of intimacy." Elam - whose work has appeared in Essence, The Washington Post, Newsday and the O. Henry Awards: Prize Stories anthology - will be the first author to give a reading for the public in the newly refurbished Colson Hall, across from WVU*s Downtown Library. The reading begins at 7:30 p.m. in Room 130.

Admission is free.


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WV Writers Members Matter: Savannah Guz Reading in Baltimore

Baltimore's only dedicated fiction reading series is finally here. Where is here?

Where: Minás Gallery, 815 W. 36th Street , Hampden (410) 732-4258
When: January 19th, 5:00 pm
Who: Madeleine Mysko, Savannah Schroll Guz, and Joseph Young
What else? There's a blog with pretty author photos at

Madeleine Mysko is a writer who served as an Army nurse on the burn ward in Fort Sam Houston, Texas, during the Vietnam War. Bringing Vincent Home, her debut novel, re-enters that time by way of a Baltimore family who must come to terms with the wounding of one of their own. A graduate of The Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars, Mysko has published in venues that include The Baltimore Sun, Bellevue Literary, The Hudson Review, River Styx , and Shenandoah. Among her awards in fiction are an individual artist grant from the Maryland State Arts Council and a Baltimore City Artscape Prize.

Savannah Schroll Guz is author of The Famous and The Anonymous (2004) and editor of the theme-based fiction anthology Consumed: Women on Excess (2005). She has been nominated for a Pushcart and a storySouth Million Writers Award and is a monthly "Short Takes" columnist for Library Journal. Once upon a time, she worked as a correspondence translator for Bavaria 's Prince von Hohenzollern and consequently wore out two very sturdy dictionaries. She now lives on a farm in the Mountain State of West Virginia and is at work on a novel.

Joseph Young lives in Baltimore where he co-runs the art blog and keeps the microfiction blog Look for his work in such magazines as SmokeLong Quarterly, Mississippi Review, Exquisite Corpse, Rock Heals, Eleven Bulls, JMWW, elimae, and others.

The 510 Readings is the only dedicated fiction reading series in Baltimore. The readings will run under an hour and feature at least three writers—from writers you haven’t heard of yet (but will soon) to well-known writers (local and nationally known). It happens in the Minás Gallery at 5:00 on every third Saturday of every month—for the rest of your life. Hosted by Michael Kimball (author of Dear Everybody, 2008) and Jen Michalski (author of Close Encounters, 2007).

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WVW/GVT 2007 Literary Tea Series

For those in the Lewisburg area, the Greenbrier Valley Theatre is about to begin its annual Literary Tea series, co-sponsored by West Virginia Writers. At the literary teas, attendees are treated to both tea and snacks as well as literary works read aloud by area and regional writers as well as by the actors from the theatre itself.

On Thursday, October 4, at 5:30 PM, I'll be reading from former Region 3 rep Beverly Pauley's new collection of humorous West Virginia vampire short stories. GVT's creative director, Cathey Sawyer will also be reading.

On October 11, Courtney Smith, who placed honorable mention in our scripts category in 2007's contest, will present scenes from her play The Hammer of the Scots.

On October 18, Kentucky-based author Russell Vassallo will present stories from his books The Horse with the Golden Mane and Tears & Tales.

And on October 25, Laura Benedict will take over the full Literary Tea hour to read from her new novel Isabella Moon. This will be the only tea to take place at 7 PM instead of 5:30.

So come on by, have some grub and enjoy the show.
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Poetry Reading at Tamarack

Poetry Reading: Lake Effect by Laura Treacy Bentley

Date: Saturday - July 21, 2007

Location and Times: Tamarack Book Department - 11:30AM and 1:30PM.

Poet Laura Treacy Bentley will share some selections and sign her newest book Lake Effect.

Visit Tamarack's website for more details:

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