Literary Notes: Sweetheart Celebration Benefits Given Library, Tufts Archives
On Saturday, Feb. 12, at 6 p.m., the Given Memorial Library and Tufts Archives will have a “Sweetheart Celebration” as part of its Heritage Highlights & Literary Lessons program.
This fundraiser will be held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Jean Souweine, 160 Lake Dornoch (CCNC). The evening will include champagne, heavy hors d’oeuvres, chocolate and beverages provided by hosts Laurie Rich Catering and Mr. and Mrs. Mike McCrann. “Be prepared for a special evening with a friend, spouse or significant other,” says a spokesman. The price is $125 per couple.
“Space is limited, so please reserve your space by dropping in or calling the Given Memorial Library at (910) 295-6022,” says the spokesman.
Payment may be made by credit card or check made out to the Given Memorial Library.
Gathering at Given
Jim Dodson will be the featured speaker at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 3, at Given Memorial Library for the montly Gathering at Given. This event is free and open to the public.
Dorianne Laux, Joseph Millar and Tim McBride, all members of the N.C. Poetry Society, will read at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 30, at McIntyre’s Fine Books, located in Fearrington Village, halfway between
Chapel Hill and Pittsboro on U.S. 15-501 South. Joseph Millar’s first collection, “Overtime” (2001), was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award. A second collection, “Fortune,” appeared in 2007 and a third, “Blue Rust,” is due out in the fall from Carnegie-Mellon.
His work has won fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and a 2008 Pushcart Prize and has appeared in such magazines as DoubleTake, TriQuarterly, New Letters, The Southern Review, APR and Ploughshares.
In 1997 he gave up his job as telephone installation foreman to try his hand at teaching. He is now core faculty at Pacific University’s Low Residency MFA and lives in Raleigh, with his wife, the poet Dorianne Laux.
Dorianne Laux teaches poetry in the MFA program at NCSU.
Her book of poems “Facts about the Moon” received the Oregon Book Award and was short-listed for the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize.
She is also the author of “Awake, What We Carry” (finalist for the National Book Critic’s Circle Award) and “Smoke,” as well as two fine small press editions, “Superman: The Chapbook” and “Dark Charms.”
She is the recipient of two Best American Poetry Prizes, a Pushcart Prize, two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. W.W. Norton will publish Laux’s fifth collection of poems, “The Book of Men,” in February. Tim McBride grew up in Rochester, N.Y., and now works at SAS Institute in Cary. He has degrees from Rochester Institute of Technology and N.C. State University, where he taught for several years. He has also worked for the U.S. Agency for International Development and the Centro Internacional de Mejoramiento de Maíz y Trigo in El Batán, Mexico.
His poems have appeared in Shenandoah, Seneca Review, Poetry Northwest, Tar River Poetry, and other publications.
“The Manageable Cold” published by TriQuarterly Press at Northwestern University.
The next poetry reading at McIntyre’s is set for Sunday, Feb. 27.
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