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Those Eternally Linked Lives by Judy Hogan
“In Those Eternally Linked Lives Judy Hogan’s lines rise and fall in reveries of psalm-like lyrics: ‘Loving you was never easy, but I regret nothing.’ Looking back, letting the words find themselves, Hogan turns love to beauty. Her magnificent hymn sings itself.”
—Shelby Stephenson, Poet Laureate of North Carolina, NC Literary Hall of Fame inductee
“Judy Hogan reminds us over and over again that we need to put our egos to rest and simply serve the poem. Those Eternally Linked Lives allows the reader to bear witness through a graceful but intentional lens; allowing only the right images to filter through. This collection of gentle poems bear and wear their craft lightly but deliver identifiable truths. They offer questions and subtle declarations; a wellspring of good medicine for all of our hearts. Startlingly transparent and sensuously opaque all at once, these poems are rooted deeply in the soil of the natural world and the celebration of the everydayness of living.”
—Jaki Shelton Green, Dead on Arrival and New Poems, 2009 Piedmont Poet Laureate, NC Literary Hall of Fame inductee
“If you’ve ever been afraid to die, read Judy Hogan’s Those Eternally Linked Lives. Here, in thirty deft poems, we are carried along with Hogan as she encounters loss, aging, and illness. But she comes through it all with such grace and humility, we are left breathless with delight and hope. Hogan clearly believes in poetry as revelation: ‘The human spirit has been here before. We know how to die if we have to.’”
—Joanie McLean, author of Place and Up From Dust
Judy Hogan was co-editor of a poetry journal (Hyperion, 1970-81). In 1976 she founded Carolina Wren Press. She has been active in central North Carolina as a reviewer, book distributor, publisher, teacher, and writing consultant. Seven mystery novels, Killer Frost (2012), Farm Fresh and Fatal (2013), The Sands of Gower (2015), Haw, Nuclear Apples? ,Formaldehyde, Rooster (2016), Political Peaches (2017) are in print. Tormentil Hall came out March 1, 2018.
She has published six other volumes of poetry with small presses, including Beaver Soul (2013) and This River: An Epic Poem (2014). Her published prose is: Grace: A China Diary, 1910-16 (2017) Watering the Roots in a Democracy (1989) and The PMZ Poor Woman’s Cookbook (2000). Her papers and twenty-five years of extensive diaries are in the Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History and Culture, Duke University. She has taught creative writing since 1974 and Freshman English 2004-2007 at St. Augustine’s College in Raleigh. Between 1990 and 2007 she visited Kostroma, Russia, five times, teaching American literature at Kostroma University in 1995 and giving a paper to a Kostroma University Literature Conference in March, 2007. She worked on five exchange visits, as well as cooperative publishing with Kostroma writers and exhibits of their artists. Judy lives and farms in Moncure, near Jordan Lake.
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The Cottage on the Bay by Ruben Gonzales
“A saga—both intimate and timeless—that reminds the reader of our shared history and the strength of the human spirit.”
—Leigh Somerville, author of the It All Started with a Dog trilogy
“With a wealth of descriptive detail, Gonzales brings to life a remarkable woman and her family’s place in the history of the South, expertly weaving mystery, racial conflict, a search for family, and the lingering effects of the Civil War.”
—Jane Tesh, author of the Madeline Maclin series
"Cottage on the Bay by Ruben D. Gonzales returns readers to Civil War era North Carolina and provides a vivid glimpse of life on a plantation. Through the life of Martha Stewart Thorpe—the estate matriarch—Gonzales chronicles the master-slave relationship and her endeavors to right the sins of her family’s past. From the moment readers meet Martha, they will be engaged in her life and eager to follow her story to its end."
— Jennifer Bean Bower, author of North Carolina Aviatrix Viola Gentry: The Flying Cashier
Martha Stewart Thorpe, young war bride and then matriarch, lives through the changing times, lives, and family on a once thriving plantation. This historic saga follows the life of father and uncles come over from Scotland, and Martha’s sisters, as they struggle through the years after the Civil War and transition through reconstruction, the new century, the beginning of Civil Rights, and redemption.
Ruben is the author of the just released Cottage on the Bay, a historical novel with a mystery. Ruben was born in East L.A. and after graduating from college spent five years working and traveling with the Peace Corps before moving to his adopted home of North Carolina. Ruben was an entrepreneur for many years and then worked for the City of Winston-Salem helping entrepreneurs to enter the business world. Recently retired, Ruben enjoys writing and traveling with his wife and loves the low country of North and South Carolina.