- My poem "The Loneliness of the Mortal Coil" was a finalist for the 2018 North Carolina Poetry Society's Poet Laureate Award, with Shelby Stephenson as the judge.
- My poem "Thread," inspired by a quilt crafted by Sally Rowe, has been accepted by Minerva Rising.
- The "In the News" issue of The Poeming Pigeon (the literary journal issued by The Poetry Box), out in September, includes my sarcastic poem "Security."
- I'm interviewed in the Issue 2 of a local arts magazine, Folks Journal.
- My poem "Meditation, Seaside" was part of the Craven Arts Council/Bank of the Arts exhibit this summer. For Poetry: Art, visual artists were invited to find inspiration in contributed poems. A portrait of a monk by artist Rebecca Duncan suits my theme.
- "The Painter" was chosen as a semi-finalist by Naugatuck River Review in its Ninth Annual Narrative Poetry Contest. It's published in the Winter/Spring 2018 issue.
"Prelude to Lust" was a finalist for the North Carolina Literary Review's James Applewhite Prize.
- Delighted to accept an award for third prize in the poetry category (for "First Apartment") in the contest leading up to Pamlico Writers Group's anthology, "Flavors of Home." Deborah Doolittle, a fine poet and teacher, was the judge. Deborah has a new book, Floribunda, out from Main Street Rag.
At the awards gathering with Pamlico Writers Group president Sherri Lupton Hollister, author of the novels Chrome Pink and White Gold.
- My latest chapbook, Relic and Myth, was released by Prolific Press in November 2018.
- Thanks to the North Carolina Poetry Society for offering the 2018 Susan Laughter Meyers Fellowship at the Weymouth Center. The recipient is Len Lawson, and I was selected for an honorable mention, along with Michael Gaspeny.
- "Burial Ground, James City": recently nominated for the "Best of the Net" anthology by Wraparound South.
- Safe from Hurricane Florence, having left home. Shocked at the devastation in my city of New Bern, saddened by the hardships and tragedy in the storm's wake.
Presenters at the annual Local Authors Luncheon, sponsored by the Twin Rivers chapter of the American Association of University Women. This year, I was honored to be included, along with my Neuse River Writers Group cohort, Polly Frank (fourth from right). Proceeds from the event provide STEM scholarships for women and girls. A delightful day!
- High Desert Journal will publish "Monument Maker."
- Amber Flora Thomas read from her new collection of poetry, Red Channel in the Rupture (Red Hen Press) at the East Carolina University library, and since Amber served as final judge for the North Carolina Literary Review's 2018 James Applewhite Poetry Prize competition, I was invited along with the another honorable-mention recipient, Melinda Thomsen, to read our chosen poems. Mine's called "Prelude to Lust" (it's since been revised!).
- Joseph Mills, a poet whom I admire, chose my poem "How to Walk the Cables on the Golden Gate Bridge (in Fog) in Ten Easy Steps" to receive an honorable mention in the Craven Arts Council/Bank of the Arts ekphrastic competition that accompanied its national juried exhibition this fall.
News Archive 2018