Former N.C. Poet Laureate Fred Chappell and poet Dana Wildsmith will offer a joint reading on Friday, Nov. 21, at 6:30 p.m. at City Lights Bookstore. Chappell will present his new poetry collection, “Familiars,” a salute to literary cats including cats that have appeared in his own work. Fred Chappell is an award-winning author of 26 books of poetry, fiction, and critical commentary. His most recent collection was “Shadow Box.” A native of Canton in the mountains of western North Carolina, he taught at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro from 1964 to 2004 and was the Poet Laureate of North Carolina from 1997 to 2002. He and his wife, Susan, live in Greensboro.
Dana Wildsmith will share poems from her book, “Christmas in Bethlehem.” This collection brings the reader back once more to Wildsmith’s family farm in Bethlehem, Ga., a farm introduced through Wildsmith’s earlier poetry collection, “One Good Hand,” and her environmental memoir, “Back to Abnormal.” Wildsmith is the author of four collections of poetry and a novel. She teaches English Literacy through Lanier Technical College. For more information or to reserve copies, call City Lights Bookstore at (828)586-9499.