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Keep This Quiet! IV: More Initiations by Margaret A. Harrell

Saeculum University Press
$18.95, paperback / $6.95, e-book
ISBN: 978-0983704591
April, 2016
Nonfiction: Memoir / Spirituality
Available from your local bookstore or www.Amazon.com

"A book of wonder-spirit, ghosts, hope, mysticism, mystery. If you ever had instincts, premonitions, or felt you are out of place or feel you know things-that there is a whole world beyond, there's more magic in this world than there's supposed to be—I feel this book is for them. Especially if you're in the last one third of your life and think, 'I want to unlock the mysteries, I want some answers, I'm not done.'"
—Alice Osborn, author of Heroes without Capes

"Margaret Harrell's blending and merging the whole of a human being and beyond into the cosmos is astounding writing and what a lifetime Journey she has taken to arrive to this book. She is working with a whole new and different combined East-West and Middle Paradigm."
—Suzanne V. Brown, former VP, Exceptional Human Experience Network

"I've always found Margaret Harrell's writing wonderfully relaxing and well thought out. Keep This Quiet! IV is no different. I can just pick it up and slot myself in comfortably. With each book I find myself getting entwined in the words . . . The life . . . The emotion. The education. The peace. Her work allows me to breathe and feel."
—Martin Flynn, owner of www.hstbooks.org

In Keep This Quiet! IV: More Initiations, Margaret A. Harrell dives deeper into the multidimensional world of visions, computer-PK (mental influence over the computer), divine guidance, Carl Jung, and science.

The story takes place in the ’90s in Tienen, Belgium, where assorted parapsychological phenomena accompany the death of her housemate. Quickly checking in with Hunter Thompson, she winds up at Owl Farm, then returns to her Flemish base. Initiations welcome her back and she goes further onto her path, which spans spirituality and science, Hunter Thompson, and the Indian guru Dhyanyogi-ji, whose tradition of Kundalini Maha Yoga she is initiated into. Many traditions join hands, to make “a book of wonder—spirit, ghosts, hope, mysticism, mystery,” writes Alice Osborn, author of Heroes without Capes.

Harrell is a three-time Fellow at MacDowell Colony for artists. After working three years at Random House in New York City, she married a Belgian poet, Jan Mensaert, and lived a decade in Morocco, then took a sharp turn into spiritual growth.

In Zurich she studied at the C. G. Jung Institute and had a dramatic "Confrontation with the Self," or as Jung termed it, "Confrontation with the Unconscious." Her "Love in Transition" series burst at the seams to absorb the jolts in consciousness that followed. In 2001 she moved back from Belgium to the U.S. and wrote her four-volume memoir, the "Keep This Quiet!" series—which begins with her experiences with Hunter Thompson as his copy editor for Hell's Angels and their romance and long-lasting friendship.

Her Belgian-poet husband and the enigmatic, brilliant, NYC poet/essayist Milton Klonsky round out the trio of influences she focuses the "Keep This Quiet!" series on. Currently she also continues to edit books, teaches meditation courses designed to enhance individual potential and self-discovery, and is a cloud photographer.

Exit, pursued by a bear: poems inspired by Shakespeare's stage directions by Joseph Mills

Press 53
$14.95, paperback
ISBN: 978-1-941209-36-3
April, 2016
Available from your local bookstore or www.Amazon.com

"What an inspired collection! The lines between reality and the stage, between life and art, between past and present—they're all blurred into an exciting whirligig of poetry based on Shakespeare's stage directions. You don't have to be a Shakespeare nut to fall in love with this collection."
—Robert Lee Brewer, author Solving the World’s Problems and editor of Poet’s Market

The clock striketh

If exiting you feel the same
as when you entered,

go to the box office
and demand a refund,

run backstage
to where the actors are
removing makeup,
and stand in the doorway,
an accusatory ghost,

keep the ticket stub,
so you can explain
your account is unbalanced,
you’re owed those hours

because that’s the contract—
part of your life in return
for being changed

and maybe Death will listen,
after all he too was there,
as he is at every performance,
in the back, taking notes,

A professor at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Joseph Mills holds an endowed chair, the Susan Burress Wall Distinguished Professorship in the Humanities. He has published sixth collections of poetry with Press 53. His book This Miraculous Turning was awarded the 2015 Roanoke-Chowan Award for Poetry, and his collection Angels, Thieves, and Winemakers was called “a must have for wine lovers” by the Washington Post. His poetry has been featured several times on Garrison Keillor’s The Writer’s Almanac and in former U.S. poet laureate Ted Kooser's nationally syndicated newspaper column “American Life in Poetry.” In addition to his volumes of poetry, he has researched and written two editions of A Guide to North Carolina’s Wineries with his wife, Danielle Tarmey. He also has edited a collection of film criticism A Century of the Marx Brothers. He has degrees in literature from the University of Chicago, the University of New Mexico, and the University of California, Davis.

Go In Joy! An Alphabetical Adventure by Joy Resor

Joy on Your Shoulders
$17.50, paperback
ISBN: 978-0-9840353-1-1
August, 2015
Nonfiction: Inspiration/Self-realization
Available from your local bookstore or www.Amazon.com

"What does this book feel like? Turning these pages is like walking into a surprise party given to celebrate me, personal attention that in my private heart I usually resist, but here, with the verve, ease and spirit of this book by Joy Resor, I am won over. There is an immediacy in my sense of surprise—Resor's writing style is one of engagement. Go In Joy! An Alphabetical Adventure deftly weaves together rich stories, keen reflections, and beautiful and provocative questions along with poems that get to the heart and bone of the matter: how you can live your life and be in relationship with more honesty, greater joy, and an unequivocal authenticity."
—John Fox, author of Finding What You Didn't Lose: Expressing Your Truth and Creativity Through Poem-Making 20th Anniversary

"Go In Joy! is a wonderfully delightful book that leaves us wanting more. It's full of profound questions skillfully wrapped in colorful leaves of innocence and playfulness. Sometimes 'clever' can be overdone. Not here. The author's inventive weaving of words is brilliant. A charming and healing read."
—Dr. Suka Chapel-Horst, author of Take a Leap of Faith

"This wonderful collection of delicious, bite-sized essays are ideal readings to reflect on as you start or end your day. Joy takes us into her heart and along the pathway of her own spiritual journey, from wounding, confusion and self-doubt into a full engagement and celebration of all aspects of life, shadow, and light. Lyrical and inspiring, it is filled with the gems of wisdom she has gathered along the way."
—Chelsea Wakefield, author of Negotiating the Inner Peace Treaty

Go In Joy! An Alphabetical Adventure offers an authentic ride beyond inspiring, lyrical words. This engaging, relateable book of essays, poems, and questions offers touchstones that deliver ah-ha moments.

Reading snippets of Joy's journey through the blame, shame and pain of her youth into the peaceful, joyful light she radiates today, readers discover healing edges of their own to transform.

This multi-layered book of vignettes and poems embedded with spirit, essence and joy delivers one woman's unique, yet universal, journey into self-realization.

Joy Resor lives in western North Carolina. She's an Alliance of Divine Love Minister, certified in spiritual direction and founder of Joy on Your Shoulders, where she inspires peace and joy through her being, through Batik wares sewn by local seamstresses, through journaling to joy classes she facilitates, through a free newsletter that goes to subscribers, and through all the ways she evolves to spread joy.

4RV Young Adult
$18.99, paperback / $21.99, hardcover
ISBN: 978-1940310374
February, 2016
Fiction: Young Adult
Available from your local bookstore or www.Amazon.com

This coming-of-age story is set in San Francisco in 1926 when eight-year-old Ruth Mary wants to be part of her class project to send blue-eyed dolls with notes of friendship to school children in Japan to procure world peace. This historical project was put in place by Dr. Sidney Gulick, a missionary to Japan.

Her bigoted and blustery father, a banker, will not allow this. In an era of bigotry and mistrust of all things Japanese, creative and feisty Ruth Mary connives to overturn his ultimatum. With her siblings aiding and abetting, she prevails.

An unusual doll wearing eye glasses becomes her unlikely choice. She names the doll Isabella.

Isabella returns to Ruth Mary after the war. Ruth Mary, her husband, and her baby daughter embark on a cross-country quest to find the lost Japanese Ambassador dolls left in museums and forgotten over the war.

As an adult, with the doll beside her, she restarts the friendship doll program of long ago. She returns home with Isabella to San Francisco to a sick mother and an aging father. Isabella brings an unexpected peace to the home of Ruth Mary's childhood. The aging people overcome their bigotry as a result of the blue-eyed doll, Isabella.

Deanna K. Klingel is the author of several books for young and young-at-heart readers. She attends conferences and book festivals, speaks at schools, museums, historical events, and libraries and presents her work and inspires readers and writers of all ages.

Deanna was born and raised in Michigan and married her high school sweetheart while they were students at Michigan State University. They raised seven children in many states before retiring to the mountains of western North Carolina, where she began her writing career.

Follow her blog Mondays and Thursdays about her experiences on the road selling books: www.booksbydeanna.com/blog-selling-books.html.

That Rain We Needed: Poems by Sam Barbee

Press 53
$14.95, paperback
ISBN: 978-1-941209-40-0
April, 2016
Available from your local bookstore or www.Amazon.com

"A celebratory set of narratives in its exploration of family and love, Sam Barbee's That Rain We Needed is a many-sided harmony of living words—and worlds—toward an appreciation and joy of the creative life, especially, poetry."
—Shelby Stephenson, North Carolina Poet Laureate and author of Elegies for Small Game

"Sam Barbee delves deeply into the sacred and often volatile terrain of family in his new collection, That Rain We Needed. In one poignant poem after another, he renders the tangles, confusion, the harrowing intimacy and abiding love that tithes us to those we inexplicably cannot live without—'[releasing] all [he is] into wind / free-falling.' It is, indeed, from the soaring vantage of flight that these fine poems gaze in benediction upon the past."
—Joseph Bathanti, former North Carolina Poet Laureate and author of Concertina

"As much as any recent poetry collection I have read, That Rain We Needed speaks for the middle-aged American population as the Baby Boomers stumble toward that dark night, 10,000 a day turning 65 years of age; and these poems straddle the great divide of three generations. Watching the parents die, the children leave home, the marriage molder, and all the while Sam Barbee is a joyful and pragmatic reporter, honoring each overgrown flower bed, or passing ecstatic solstice, making the reader feel as if you had seen these road markers for the first time. This book is filled with observations of earthly delights, a lush garden of plush sentences and hard-won memories. It has taken the poet his whole life to write this book, and thankfully, it shows on every page."
—Keith Flynn, editor of Asheville Poetry Review and author of Colony Collapse Disorder

"That Rain We Needed is one man’s search for his place of true belonging in an imperfect world. Sometimes comical, other times poignant, always willing to be vulnerable—here Sam Barbee unfolds his map for negotiating family and its complicated relationships. Little escapes his keen eye. 'Snagged in the belly of combed clouds / I release all I am into wind,' he says—he who bravely bares his soul to us all."
— Susan Laughter Meyers, author of My Dear, Dear Stagger Grass


I cannot remember the shape
of the moon that particular night
but do recall swelter and how
humidity snapped between my fingers.

Pop Pike’s balding head bobbed
above the Kelvinator, carrying
a distinct astronomy in his face,
bifocals clamped firm like a pair of stars.

Granddad Barbee, never to be outdone,
hoisted boxes. He and my dad bickered,
jousting with hand trucks as
grandmothers chirped in the porch swing.

That June’s family ensemble—
a reliable galaxy of nurses,
and backwoods prophets,
mechanics and clumsy magicians—

all assembled assisting our move,
to a smaller house, porch, kitchen.
Mature water oaks and a tin garage
proved two of its few graces,

but all make up my black and white
constellation of faces in the first place
I knew as home, where I fleshed out grace,
and first debates with solitude were prepared.

Sam Barbee grew up in Wilmington, North Carolina, and studied creative writing at UNC-Wilmington. His poems have appeared in numerous publications including The Best of the Asheville Poetry Review, Crucible, The Southern Poetry Anthology VII: North Carolina, Potato Eyes, Georgia Journal, St. Andrews Review, Main Street Rag, Iodine, and Pembroke Magazine. His first collection of poems, Changes of Venue, was published by Mount Olive Press in 1997. He has been a featured poet on North Carolina Public Radio Station WFDD, and he received the 59th Poet Laureate Award from the North Carolina Poetry Society for his poem “The Blood Watch.” Sam lives in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, with his wife Jan.

Scout's Honor by Dori Ann Dupré

French Press Bookworks
$19.99, paperback / $4.99, e-book
ISBN: 978-1-941541944
April, 2016
Fiction: Contemporary Women's / Southern
Available from your local bookstore or www.Amazon.com

"Scout's Honor thoroughly engages us from the moment we first meet the engaging Scout Webb, a sort of female Holden Caulfield whose lifelong struggles with love make a compelling read and teach us much. First-time novelist Dori Ann Dupré does a terrific job telling her story through an array of interesting characters while demonstrating a keen eye for detail and a true gift for exploring the joys, heartbreaks, complexities and deep truths of human relationships. Scout's Honor will capture your heart."
—Mark Ethridge, author of Grievances and Fallout, screenwriter for Deadline, and two-time Pulitzer Prize for Public Service recipient as managing editor of the Charlotte Observer

"Open the first chapter of this book and step into the mind of a fourteen-year-old tomboy named Scout. Join her in the outfield as part of her mind is trying to keep up with the baseball game she’s actively involved in, while another part is reminiscing about the good times she’s had at summer camp. Plus there’s her pleasant anticipation of the impending camp as she daydreams about the counselor who captured her heart with his good looks and outgoing personality. It’s almost impossible for readers to hear the voice of a young girl named Scout without thinking wistfully of Harper Lee’s plucky heroine from To Kill A Mockingbird. Wisely, author Dupré admits to her protagonist being named after the famously fictional adolescent, and you accept the homage in hopes that this new relationship between you and Scout will be as simpatico as the one you shared with her namesake. Setting is made specific by exact reference to locale, and time is cleverly alluded to through the use of video game names that clearly place it in the somewhat distant past. While you may not know exactly where this story is going, an appealing feeling of nostalgia is present in this first chapter that makes you want to turn a few more pages just to see where it all may lead."
The US Review of Books, First Chapter Reviews

"Scout's Honor was a fantastic story, forty-five years in the making...Dori Ann Dupré crafted this tale that followed the life of Scout Webb, quite delicately. Her use of first person narrative of the main characters drove the story and revealed all the coming of age, humor, heartbreak and often horrendously real situations in such a unique way. Each voice was captured well and you could feel each of their triumphs or pains as they were unfolding. I commend her choices to give us this story in this way. This is a bold debut and you will feel the gambit of emotions as you turn the pages. I'm really excited to see what Dori brings us next!

"She makes you feel so many things for Scout. She describes her beauty and naivety with such care that you know this girl and then you accept the choices that are made in this book, which makes it even harder. The motif of 'Little girl' is both brilliant and disturbing. I feel Dori did a great job in towing the line of bringing us the best qualities of people, while showing us some of the worst. It is a great study of how some choices can change the course of your entire life. I would highly recommend this book to others."
— Mike Hansen, author of When Life Hands You a Lemon

In Haddleboro, North Carolina, Scout Webb is a fourteen-year-old kind, spirited, small-town Southern girl and a tomboy much like her namesake, the young narrator from her mother’s favorite book. With both her name and her Christian faith deeply woven into the fabric of her identity, Scout always felt like she had a lot to live up to—she was the kind of girl who made her parents proud.

It's August, 1983, and Scout is playing on a summer baseball team with Charlie Porter, her best friend since Kindergarten. More than anything, she is looking forward to her last few weeks at Camp Judah, a Christian camp near the Catawba River. She can’t wait to see her big crush “Brother Doug,” the thirty-two year old camp lifeguard who has watched her grow up each summer since she was seven years old. But after a fateful few days and one catastrophic event during her last day at the camp, Scout will be changed forever.

Written through multiple narrators over the course of twenty years, this story follows Scout’s personal struggles as a freshman away at college in Raleigh and later as an overworked single mother approaching middle age, where she is forced to confront the causes of her own quiet suffering, the consequences of her actions and why even the eternal love and devotion of just one true friend can’t save her.

A story of a self, lost…a self, loathed…and a self, rediscovered…it examines the harsh and cruel ways in which otherwise well-intentioned and decent people treat each other…even those they claim to love, but even more so…ultimately, how we treat our own selves.

Dori was born and raised in New Jersey. She graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in History and is a veteran of the United States Army. Dori currently works in the legal field in North Carolina, where she resides with her family. Scout’s Honor is her first novel.

Forests, Alligators, Battlefields: My Journey through the National Parks of the South by Danny Bernstein

Kimberly Crest Books
$16.00, paperback / $4.99, e-Book
March, 2016
Nonfiction: Travel / Memoir
Available from your local bookstore or www.Amazon.com

"Danny’s adventures are a must-read for any outdoor enthusiast. No one has logged more miles in national parks or explored them so thoroughly."
—Will Harlan, author of Untamed: The Wildest Woman in America and the Fight for Cumberland Island

"While revealing her own story, Danny never overshadows the true stars of the book, the national parks themselves."
— Johnny Molloy, author of over fifty outdoor hiking, camping, and paddling guides

"Danny Bernstein is an ideal National Parks guide. I am eager to follow her."
— Anne Mitchell Whisnant, author of Super-Scenic Motorway: A Blue Ridge Parkway History

Danny Bernstein makes a great national park buddy as she takes you through the seventy-one parks in the South. You’ll meet historic figures, rangers, volunteers, park partners, and visitors, the people who bring each park to life. In her attempt to become a Southerner one park at a time, Danny shows that every national park has a human story as well as great scenery. In the Smokies, she leads us to long-forgotten cemeteries. She walks around New Orleans to find the story of jazz. She meets Henry Allen, who marched from Selma to Montgomery in 1965. At Natchez National Historical Park, Ranger Schoby explains how free African-Americans survived before the Civil War. After she finally finds the national park at Salt River Bay, she stands where Christopher Columbus landed on his second voyage.

In the Southeast, you’ll drop in on icons like Mammoth Cave National Park and the Everglades, along with the one square block of Tupelo National Battlefield, and Wright Brothers National Memorial, where the first flight took off. The coal mines at Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area brings to mind the song “I owe my soul to the company store.”

Visiting the Southeastern parks is a very different experience from the once in a lifetime trip to Yosemite or Yellowstone. Here, folks come often, volunteer, adopt a trail, and support their parks.

Forests, Alligators, Battlefields: My journey through the National Parks of the South is Danny’s contribution to the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. She’s an engaged, questioning national park companion, who puts a historical and personal spin on her travels.

Danny Bernstein’s mission is to get people out of their cars and walking.

She’s been a committed hiker for over forty years, completing the Appalachian Trail, all the trails in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, North Carolina’s Mountains-to-Sea Trail (MST), and many other hiking challenges.

Danny hikes and leads hikes for the Carolina Mountain Club, Friends of the Smokies, and other outdoor groups. She’s written two hiking guides, Hiking the Carolina Mountains and Hiking North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, and a narrative on her MST hike, The Mountains-to-Sea Trail across North Carolina. She blogs at www.hikertohiker.com.

In her previous life, she worked in computer science for thirty-five years, long before computing was cool, first as a software developer, then as a professor of computer science.

Her motto is “no place is too far to walk if you have the time.” She plans to die with her boots on.

LSU Press
$17,95, paperback / $9.99, e-book
ISBN: 978-0-807162415
March, 2016
Available from your local bookstore or www.Amazon.com

“Shield your eyes as you read Katherine Soniat’s Bright Stranger. The light often blinds in these mysterious, incantatory poems. It nearly keens, if shimmer can be said to have sound. Soniat has discovered a way to account for everything and, in so doing, wrought a language that lusciously abides in her venerated natural world, but also explores like a medium the barely apprehended liminal ether that surrounds it. Indeed, she traipses like Eurydice (a haunting presence throughout this volume) with equal grace and bravado between realms, reconciling the earth upon which we walk with fading apparitions of the past—‘the old decline of flesh that shifts / to language.’”
—Joseph Bathanti, former poet laureate of North Carolina

“In Katherine Soniat’s gorgeous new collection, Bright Stranger, the story of Orpheus and his lost love Eurydice threads its golden weave through strata of memory, myth, and math to create shimmering layers of language and logic. The auras of summer grasses form ‘plump geometries’ of light at sunset. Euclid’s ‘constellations of lines, rays, and segments’ represent ‘Certainties only the mind concocts.’ In poems of exquisite detail, a speaker—daughter, wife, mother, traveler—journeys through the ‘clips of a life’ knowing this inexorable fact: that ‘we’ll not pass this way again.’ She meditates on loss and mortality, and in the tour de force title poem, is visited by a fox with her dead husband’s nickname who asks (quoting May Swenson), ‘how will it be to lie in the sky’? Bright Stranger is stunning poetry.”
—Cynthia Hogue, author of Revenance

“Katherine Soniat’s poems inhabit the fertile space of waking dream, where memory and myth, personal history and the present moment, spirit and the physical world, swirl and move as one. Poised at the edge of oblivion, ‘circling disappearance like a canyon’—that ‘space before a word / comes for mountain’—Soniat bravely sings, and singing testifies to what can be made out of that nothingness.”
—Luke Hankins, senior editor of Asheville Poetry Review and founder, Orison Books

In her beguiling new collection, Bright Stranger, Katherine Soniat invites the reader to celebrate the unfinished and unsure. The poems in this volume do not demand or offer certainty, existing instead in the spaces between the real and the imagined, between past and present and future. They explore the human connection to nature, contemplating loss in the erosion of rock spires and rebirth in the blossoming of an amaranth.

Visually playful lines recall the poems’ existence in the physical world, even as Soniat’s words transport the reader from the rugged isolation of the Grand Canyon, to the elements within the periodic table, and on to “the unwinding spool of grey” in the mythic underworld of Hades. Bright Stranger offers a soaring vision of the world in all its chaos, bewilderment, and joy.

Katherine Soniat has taught at the University of New Orleans, Hollins University, and was a faculty member at Virginia Tech for twenty years. Currently, Soniat teaches in the Great Smokies Writing Program at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. She has published work in many journals including Poetry, The Nation, The Southern Review, and Antioch Review, and her previous collections include The Swing Girl, Alluvial, and A Shared Life.

At Circle's End by Ian J. Malone

Sharkflight Publishing
$14.99, paperback / $4.99, e-book
ISBN: 978-0-9890327-6-6
April, 2016
Fiction: Space Opera
Available from www.Amazon.com

In the months since his disappearance, Danny Tucker has retreated to the darkest corners of Alystierian space in search of intelligence on the empire’s new chancellor, Alec Masterson. Backed by a crew of outcasts and fighting from the shadows as the enigmatic Rogue centurion, Danny will stop at nothing to achieve his mission: absolute vengeance for Masterson’s now infamous “Return to Fear” demonstration.

Still, try as he might, Danny can’t remain underground, and with sightings of the Rogue growing more frequent, Lee Summerston won’t rest until the lost Renegade is found. Meanwhile, in the core, Aura stands on the brink of annihilation as imperial forces, aided by an ancient enemy, draw ever closer to her shores.

In the end, scores will be settled, and brothers will rise united… or they’ll all burn together.

At Circle's End is the soaring climax to Ian J. Malone’s epic space-opera series, The Mako Saga, and a heartfelt sendoff to sci-fi’s most beloved band of bar buddies turned intergalactic heroes of war.

As a graduate of Florida State University, Ian J. Malone has written in a number of arenas ranging from public health to news and sports. When it comes to his fictional work, however, he’s a firm believer that nothing shapes an author’s writing like experience. That’s why he credits his tenures in radio, law enforcement, sport management, and the military for much of his thematic inspiration, plus the legion of family and friends who’ve stood with him along the way.

Beyond writing, Malone is an avid fan of audiobooks and sports, though it’s also not uncommon to find him at a beach, a music concert, or somewhere out by a grill.

Malone presently resides in Durham with his wife, son, and their two dogs—but he’ll always be a “Florida boy” at heart.

For more on Ian J. Malone and his books, visit him online at www.ianjmalone.net. You can also follow him on Twitter, Facebook, Google + or Goodreads.

What Comes from a Thing by Phillip Barron

Fourteen Hills Press
$12.00, paperback
ISBN: 978-1-889292670
December, 2015
Available from your local bookstore or www.Amazon.com

"Phillip Barron’s What Comes from a Thing renders the familiar strange again, and so offers us the rare opportunity to re-encounter what we think we know. A mapping and re-mapping of our concurrent worlds, these poems explore the shifting overlays of industrial landscape, post-industrial landscape, the 'natural' world, and all the worlds that exist among them: location is never where we left it. Barron stitches through time a tracery of telephone poles, contrails, water, and railroads, bodies of granaries and birds, factories and fields, as he probes received ideas of identity and relation. What Comes from a Thing investigates what it can mean to be alive to our twenty-first century existence, bathing in the mortar / reeds and ruin."
—Laura Walker, author of Follow-Haswed (http://laura-walker.com)

"What Comes from a Thing is both an asking and a telling. Phillip Barron's poems give voice to objects lost, discarded, fallen into the liminal zone between society and nature. With cool cadences, at once melancholy and analytical, the poet rings the fate of human artifacts as they return to the beauty and mystery of their primary uselessness. In the twilight of industrial civilization, Barron's poems remind us of all 'that we have forgotten how to make.'"
—Andrew Joron, author of Trance Archive

"Phillip Barron's book is a precisionist sounding of chosen scenes, realist in diction, ecological in sensibility—including a human ecology, and intent on tracking the process, the provenances, and the particulars that made us arrive just here. The work inventories these chosen sightlines with a kind of stoicism: 'what we have done is what we will become.' The authorial voice is at one and the same time the object of history, objective about history, and the subject of history within his own austere findings. These poems are about more than a de-industrialized landscape or the borders between wood and farms, they are materialist statements."
—Rachel Blau DuPlessis, author of Drafts

What Comes from a Thing is the first collection of poetry from Phillip Barron. It won the 2015 Michael Rubin Book Award from Fourteen Hills Press.

This volume takes as its subjects presence and absence after the death of manufacturing and the disintegration of the working class under twenty-first century capitalism. These poems embody the sounds and rhythms of factories, industrial farmlands, and ports of late modernity. Whether rural or urban, the places—like the aesthetics—of these poems have survived the shift to a post-industrial economy and merit deep attention for the role they play in constructing the materiality and ideal of our daily experiences. The book resides in this very tension between idealism and materialism, where “we manufacture footnotes now, echoes of all else/that we have forgotten/how to make.”

Phillip Barron grew up in South Carolina and studied at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he received a master of arts degree in Philosophy. He currently teaches courses in Philosophy and Humanities at Woodland Community College while he finishes a master of fine arts degree in Creative Writing at San Francisco State University. What Comes from a Thing, his first book of poetry, won the 2015 Michael Rubin Book Award.

Waterborne by Janet Joyner

Logan House
$16.00, paperback
ISBN: 978-0-9910139-4-4
January, 2016
Available from the publisher or www.Amazon.com

"In this extraordinary first book of poems by Janet Joyner, I find two equally powerful but distinct voices. First the voice of water, the rivers, the swamps, the earth, the voices of the primitive, remarkable people of that world—like Ma Caulder and Anna Greene. And then the second voice, refined, educated, feminist, the voices of women in history neglected and never credited for their work, the voices of lesbians and gays and the victims of racial prejudice and war. Janet Joyner, in these powerful, musically sensuous poems, reaches into our innermost hearts; and as a result we are, I think, both deeper and more honest than we were before."
—Anthony S. Abbott, author of The Angel Dialogues and If Words Could Save Us, recipient of North Carolina Award for Literature

"A poet at home with lyric and narrative, myth and history, quantum mechanics and cell biology, Janet Joyner places us solidly in the physical world, most notably among rivers she knew growing up in low-country South Carolina. Harmonies in the non-human world sit side by side with disharmonies in the human—the brutal treatment gay men and women have often suffered in a country whose citizens were promised that 'equal is an algorithm of free.' Joyner’s poems are political in the deepest sense; her emphasis on what we have in common as creatures—boy, girl, woman, man, heron, finch: 'this purple, one finch/ who shares with me/ what unfolds between/ the dark parentheses.'"
—Becky Gould Gibson, author of Heading Home, Need-Fire, and Aphrodite’s Daughter

"Janet Joyner’s varied poems include lyrical descriptions of the natural world and draw deft portraits of people and the complicated connections between us. Waterborne is threaded with vivid images and insights. Sometimes they are splendid, such as fallen leaves in such a mass/it seemed the sky had turned sea/and spilled the sun at our feet; sometimes wry, as when the wife of God, begins by saying, 'I could have told you it would end/this way,' and ends by suggesting that God Give the grasses another chance; and sometimes tragic, as in her extraordinary poem, 'What the Egg Knows,' showing us the kid hung on a fence/post to watch dawn die over Laramie, how he is no different from you or me, like any creature swimming or striding/in search of his bliss."
—Ellen Bass, author of Like a Beggar; The Human Line, and Mules of Love

Winner of the 2015 Holland prize, these are poems that speak authentically of life in a time and a place, poems that resurrect the often unacknowledged. They move us as all earned voice does, and thereby transcend the particular. Water runs through the poems of Waterborne, Joyner’s first collection, and becomes the symbol for the exhilarating flow of life and time. To be alive means to be caught up in “the pulses of the universe” for which the poem provides “a momentary purchase.” Philosophical reflections are wound with story; portraits of a place’s people, of unlettered women living along the river are set beside those of women who made major discoveries in archaeology, biology and oceanography. Testimony of deep dichotomies is at work here.

Janet Joyner grew up in Marion, South Carolina. The town sits in a region of midland and coastal plains crisscrossed by rivers and streams. These rivers, many still known by the names of natives, were the first avenues inland for colonial ancestors who left their names to her childhood playmates and their places—towns, counties, rivers. Place and name, the currency of belonging, are essential to the poet’s encounter with the world.

Professor of French Language and Literature at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts until her retirement in 1994, Joyner is the winner of the Poetry Society of South Carolina’s 2010 Dubose and Dorothy Heyward Poetry Prize. Her poems have won distinctions in Bay Leaves of the North Carolina Poetry Council, and Flying South ’14, and her “Cicadas Thrumming” was anthologized in The Southern Poetry Anthology: volume vii: North Carolina (2015). Her short stories have appeared in The Crescent Review and Flying South. She is the translator of Le Dieu désarmé, by Luc-François Dumas. This is her first collection of poems.

Dupllicity's Child by FJ Harmon

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
$14.78, paperback
ISBN: 978-150244883
October, 2014
Fiction: Suspense / Thriller
Available from www.Amazon.com

He did everything to get elected, including murder. Mace Franklyn, caught up in the deadly politics of a high profile murder, faces deceit and betrayal which threaten to expose his dark secrets. What he is hiding cost him his marriage, his FBI career, and could still cost him his freedom. Determined to prove the past is not who he is, Mace seizes the opportunity, when he gets a call for help from his former FBI instructor, now a district commander in the Michigan State Police. The task is to unravel who is behind a series of murders, the victims all University of Michigan coeds. Frustrated by the politics of the joint task force, Mace suspects someone inside the Michigan Bureau of Investigation is involved. With the help of a small cadre of trusted friends, he sets a trap, but only begins to learn the truth when he feels cold steel in his back.

Duplicity's Child is the first in a planned five-book series of murder mysteries with Mace Franklyn. Mace's life backstory is loosely based on the founder of the FBI's Criminal Profiling Program, and the serial killings that are referenced were actual cases that occurred in Michigan.

In 1968 FJ Harmon married his sweetheart, graduated from Lawrence Technological Institute, and began his twenty-two year career in Naval Intelligence, all in the same month. After a short stint on active duty, he pursued duel careers as a Naval Reserve Intelligence analyst and as a national intelligence technical analyst working at various agencies over his career such as the National Security Agency, Central Intelligence Agency, and Defense Intelligence Agency.

For thirty-six years, his writing was confined to technical documents, position papers, and contract proposals, not exactly the stuff of fiction. However, his creative urge to write fiction, kept on the "back burner" until his retirement in 2007, blossomed into two books .

His first For What Is Sacred, later renamed Sacred Revenge, was inspired by the state of North Carolina. The NC Port Authority proposed to build a deep-sea port between a nuclear power plant and a nuclear arms depot, which to many seemed to present an ideal terrorist target. The next five years were devoted to research and honing his fiction writing skills, and then in 2012 his first book was published. Two years after that he completed his second book, Duplicity's Child, the first in a planned five-book series.

Currently Fj Harmon writes for a local magazine in St. James, North Carolina, Cat-Tales, and is working on his next book, Returning Fire, to be released in September 2016.

Hats Off! to Lenard D. Moore who was featured on The State of Things with Frank Stasio. Moore is the first African-American to lead the Haiku Society of America. In 2014, he received the North Carolina Award for Literature, the highest civilian honor in the state.


Hats Off! to Brenda Kay Ledford whose story, "I Was Amazed by His Kindness," appeared in Woman's World Magazine, March 7, 2016; "Circle of Kindness," section.


Hats Off! to Judy Hogan who has guest blogged this month at Killer Crafts & Crafty Killers; Carolyn Mulford's website; and at B.K. Stevens Mysteries. Judy's Haw: the Second Penny Weaver Mystery is forthcoming on May 1.


Hats Off! to Greenville writer Tony Wayne Brown who so far this year had a short story published by Pulp Modern in Issue 10, Volume 1; five flash fiction pieces accepted for Horrified Press’ (UK) upcoming anthology Blue Gonk III; one short story in the anthology Alone; and two more in Horrified’s X4 anthology, slated for publication this year. Another piece will appear in Bethlehem Writers Roundtable’s Growing and Changing, May/June issue.


Hats Off! to Shining Rock Poetry Anthology & Book Review contributors Morri Creech and Katherine Soniat, whose work appears in Issue Three, Spring 2016. Morri's "A Retrospective Essay on His Poetry" accompanies a book review of and selections from Katherine's new poetry collection, Bright Stranger. The anthology is co-edited by Tina Barr and Daniel T. O'Hara, who come to poetry with a strong commitment to the literary traditions that challenge readers to become continually educated by poetry.


Hats Off! to Jennifer Weiss whose poem "Queen Anne's Lace" appears in Issue 5 of eno Magazine.


Hats Off! to John Amen who contributed a narrative to the forthcoming collection What Does It Mean to Be White in America? (April, 2Leaf Press). While the literature on “whiteness” has long been dominated by an academic point of view, editors Gabrielle David and Sean Frederick Forbes came to the realization that there was an unmet need for an anthology of personal narratives about white race and culture from the perspective of white Americans. The stories cover a wide gamut of American history from contributors around the United States; from reminiscing about segregation and Jim Crow, to today’s headlines of police brutality, politics, and #BlackLivesMatters.


Hats Off! to Blaine Paxton Hall whose column "The Nature of Numbers" ran in Raleigh's The News & Observer. "To ponder that our universe is inherently mathematical is to me exhilarating," Hall says, "and the noblest intellectual inquiry of all."


Hats Off! to Lenard D. Moore, associate professor of English and director of the University of Mount Olive literary festival, who joined UMO Artist-in-Residence Larry Lean and Franklin Gross, assistant professor of music, for “The Satire Project," a collaborative project sponsored by the North Carolina Arts Council, the Arts Council of Wayne County, and the University of Mount Olive. Lean created twelve acrylic paintings. Moore wrote a poem about each of the paintings. And Gross put music to each poem based on the painting.


Hats Off! to Paula Martinac whose short story "Comfort Zone" was published in the Spring 2016 issue of Raleigh Review. The story is part of a novel-in-stories, The Ada Decades, forthcoming from Bywater Books in March 2017.


Hats Off! to Terri Kirby Erickson whose poem "Lightning Bugs" was chosen for a 2016 Publication Prize by Dan Veach, Editor and Publisher of the Atlanta Review, for their 2016 International Poetry Competition. This poem, according to Mr. Veach, was chosen "from thousands of poems submitted from across the U.S. and around the world," and will be published in the Fall 2016 issue of Atlanta Review.


Hats Off! to Tony Wayne Brown of Greenville, NC, who had a successful 2015: his short stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Main Street Rag’s anthology Coming Off the Line; Liars’ League Hong Kong; Birmingham Literary Journal; Northern Virginia Review; Huffington Post; 50-Word Stories; Perpetual Motion Machine’s So It Goes: A Tribute to Kurt Vonnegut; Infective Ink; Moon Magazine; cahoodaloodaling; O Dark Thirty (Veterans Writing Project); Ealain (South Africa); the anthology Angels from their Realms of Glory; and Zimbell House Publishing’s anthology On A Dark and Snowy Night.


Hats Off! to Danny Bernstein who will launch her new book Forests, Alligators, Battlefields: My Journey through the National Parks of the South at Malaprop's Bookstore in Asheville on Friday, April 8. Her travel narrative is her contribution to the National Park Service Centennial.


Hats Off! to Joan Leotta whose flash fiction piece "The Magician's Trick (Pears)," previously published online by Spelk, has been selected by Centre College's Norton Center for the Arts to be a part of an upcoming exhibition where artists will create visual art to accompany stories. Her work was one of only eleven chosen from many submissions.


Hats Off! to Denise P. Sherman of Raleigh, winner of the 2016 Carolina Woman Writing Contest for her story, "Do Lord." Karen Kent of Chapel Hill won Second Prize (including a one-year membership to the North Carolina Writers' Network) for her essay, "She Was Dying." And Honorable Mentions included poems by Beth Browne of Garner ("Getting My Daughter Her Learner's Permit"); Sheryl Cornett of Raleigh ("Apples in Winter"); and Susan Lefler of Brevard for ""Driving Home at Night Along the French Broad."


Hats Off! to Christine Arvidson, who, along with Scot Pope and Julie E. Townsend, edited Reflections on the New River: New Essays, Poems and Personal Stories (McFarland, 2015). This collection gathers more than thirty original works of prose and poetry expressing the contributors love for and relationships with the New River. Contributors include both luminaries such as Joseph Bathanti and Clyde Egerton to new writers with things to say about this fascinating river. Reflections on the New River contributors will be featured at Appalachian State's Summer Author Series this year.


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