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Wildacres Writers Workshop Poets: Four Poets Reading | Wake

November 6, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Join us for an evening of poetry featuring four poets from the Wildacres Writers Workshop. Please RSVP below to reserve your seat. Books will be available for purchase at the event. The authors will be available to sign and personalize books after the program. More information about our events can be found here.


STEVE CUSHMAN has published three novels, Portisville, which won the 2004 Novello Literary Award, Heart With Joy, and Hopscotch.  Cushman’s first full-length poetry collection, How Birds Fly, won the 2018 Lena Shull Book Award.  Along with a short story collection, Fracture City, he’s also published two poetry chapbooks, Hospital Work and Midnight Stroll. Cushman lives in Greensboro, North Carolina, with his family and works in the IT department at Cone Health.

ALANA DAGENHART is a poet, artist, teacher, and traveler interested in the influence and impact of place on the native and the visitor. Her recent poetry highlights connections between her Appalachian roots and the cultural environment and experience of the sojourner in Central America. Her chapbook Blood, was published by Finishing Line Press, 2016 and Yellow Leaves, was published by Redhawk Publications in 2022. She is president of the North Carolina Poetry Society and professor of English at Johnson & Wales University, Charlotte.

MICHAEL GASPENY is the author of a lauded prose novel, A Postcard from the Delta; a novella in verse, The Tyranny of Questions, and two chapbooks. He has won the Randall Jarrell Poetry Prize and the O. Henry Festival Short Story Competition. For hospice service in Greensboro, North Carolina, he received The Governor’s Award for Volunteer Excellence. A former reporter, he taught journalism and literature for nearly forty years, primarily at Bennett College and High Point University.

ARTHUR RUSSELL lives in Nutley, NJ, where he practices law.  He is the winner of Brooklyn Poets’ Poem of the Year for 2015 and the runner up for the same prize in 2021.  He won second place in the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Award for 2021.  As a director of the Red Wheelbarrow Poets of Rutherford, New Jersey, he co-leads the weekly workshop, co-directs the monthly reading series, and co-edits the annual journal. His MA in creative writing is from Syracuse University where his thesis advisors were Raymond Carver and Tobias Wolff.


November 6, 2023
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Quail Ridge Books
4209-100 Lassiter Mill Road
Raleigh, NC 27609
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