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 donâ€™t know, NetWest is short for the North Carolina Writersâ€™ Network-West, a chapter of the Network established to connect and serve the writers in North Carolinaâ€™s nine westernmost counties â€“ Clay, Cherokee, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Swain, and Transylvania â€“ as well as the adjacent counties of South Carolina, Georgia, and Tennessee.Â 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.
Iâ€™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, Iâ€™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, weâ€™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.Â I’ll be there at 6:30 for conversation and discussion before the reading.
At each stop, Iâ€™ll talk a little about where the Network and NetWest: what weâ€™re doing, and where weâ€™re heading.Â Iâ€™ll also, of course, be happy to answer any questions anyone might have about our organization.
I donâ€™t get to visit NetWest country as often as Iâ€™d like, so I hope Iâ€™ll get to see lots of NetWest members at these events on Thursday.Â I look forward to seeing yâ€™all.