Up early (at 4 a.m., though just now on the computer) and energized to write - last night was the monthly "micro-writers group" meeting - myself, the erudite Mark Smith-Soto, and the Lannan Award-winning Sarah Lindsay (congrats much in order). Over Wild Berry Zinger and Petit Beurre cookies shattered by transatlantic luggage handling, we wrestled with our words. Mark had a stunning rewrite of a poem ... Sarah had another exploration of the quirky and little-known. This group is so nourishing, as is the online "Queens Poets" groups that shuffle into new patterns every so often, new readers, new approaches.
My third novel, Blood Clay, will appear in November from Press 53. It is set in Piedmont North Carolina, my home since 1997.
Other books: Wake Wake Wake, a poetry collection; Fidelities, a short story collection; a novel about the 1970s called Survivor; and an SF novel way back when, Neena Gathering, in Brazil published as Mundo Perdido.
I teach at North Carolina A and T State University after a long career as a newspaper reporter and editor. And late in life I have taken up sailing - look for High Cotton on Lake Kerr.
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