NC Literary Hall of Fame



Beaver Soul by Judy Hogan

Finishing Line Press
$12, paperback
ISBN: 978-1-62229-324-7
August, 2013
Available from the publisher

Beaver Soul is Judy Hogan’s love song for Russia. The poems begin along the shore of the Haw River, and move to Russia. The Russian translator said, “Her own soul in her poems is associated with the image of the beaver–a builder, patient and persistent in its work and in taking care of its family. Everything that takes place in the beaver’s life–its joys and sorrows, its misfortunes and successes–corresponds to events in her own life. The motto of Judy Hogan is creating and overcoming.”

Judy Hogan helped found the North Carolina Writers’ Network (1983-87) as well as Carolina Wren Press (1976-91), and co-edited the Hyperion Poetry Journal (1970-81). She has published five poetry books and two prose works with small presses. Beaver Soul was originally published in Russian by the Kostroma Writers Organization (1997). She has taught creative writing since 1974. Her first mystery, Killer Frost, was a finalist in the St. Martin’s Malice Domestic contest and was published by Mainly Murder Press in 2012. Farm Fresh and Fatal is due out October 1, 2013. She loves to write by water, including the Haw, the Teign in Devon, and the Mezha River in Russia. She farms and writes in Moncure, NC.

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