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Cancelled Press 53 Poetry Reading
Due to continued concern over the COVID-19 pandemic this event has been cancelled.
Press 53 is located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and has been finding and sharing remarkable voices since October 2005. They have earned a reputation as a quality publishing house of short fiction and poetry collections.
We will be joined by three of their poets for a reading to celebrate Independent Bookstore Day.
Adrian Rice is from Northern Ireland, born just north of Belfast. He is the author of numerous poetry collections, including The Mason's Tongue, which was shortlisted for the Christopher Ewart-Biggs Memorial Literary Proze and nominated for the Irish Times Prize for Poetry.
Jacinta V White is a teaching artist, poet, and certified corporate trainer and facilitator. She is widely published and the recipient of several awards, including the first Press 53 Open Award in Poetry and the Duke Energy Regional Artist Grant from the Arts Council of Winston-Salem/Forsyth County.
Michael Beadle is the author of four poetry chapbooks, a poetry CD, and three books on historic photographs of Haywood County in western North Carolina. As a touring writer-in-residence, he teaches creative writing workshops for students and teachers throughout North Carolina, including the Duke Young Writers' Camp at Duke University.
The Strange Estate: New & Selected Poems 1986 - 2017 is a landmark collection from both sides of the Atlantic. From Adrian Rice's exploration of the creative constrictions and liberations of the northern Protestant tradition, to the musings of his American porch, Rice, in this startlingly rich and emotionally complex collection, fashions and recovers lores of place and belonging.
Jacinta V. White's Resurrecting The Bones will not let southern African American history be silenced by re-zoning, gentrification, and useful forgetfulness. White's poems are Dr. Sheila Smith McKoy's "limbo time" in action. Each poem is a personal and historical guide through the richness and fullness of black southern culture and the mighty black church.
Lifting each rock, / we felt its weight in our palms, / closed our eyes / until a name arose....