NCWN Executive Director Ed Southern (yep, that’s me) is heading west this Thursday, August 16, to visit with the good folks of NetWest.
If you don’t know, NetWest is short for the North Carolina Writers’ Network-West, a chapter of the Network established to connect and serve the writers in North Carolina’s nine westernmost counties – Clay, Cherokee, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Swain, and Transylvania – as well as the adjacent counties of South Carolina, Georgia, and Tennessee. Membership in NetWest is automatic for Network members who live in those counties, and NetWest offers a wealth of opportunities, programs, and community for those in its territory.
I’ll be joining the usual crowd for Coffee with the Poet, 10:30 A.M. Thursday, at City Lights Bookstore, 3 East Jackson Street in Sylva.
Hopped up on coffee and poetry, I’ll head even further west, to Murphy, where all NetWest members are invited to join me for dinner at the Blue Mountain Grill, 30 NC Highway 141, starting at 5:30 P.M.
After dinner, we’ll all make the short drive to the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, to hear NetWest members Karen Paul Holmes and Janice Moore read their poetry at 7 P.M. I’ll be there at 6:30 for conversation and discussion before the reading.
At each stop, I’ll talk a little about where the Network and NetWest: what we’re doing, and where we’re heading. I’ll also, of course, be happy to answer any questions anyone might have about our organization.
I don’t get to visit NetWest country as often as I’d like, so I hope I’ll get to see lots of NetWest members at these events on Thursday. I look forward to seeing y’all.