Showing posts from June, 2011

Brainstorming a Workshop

Author Ed Davis: Great Summer Reading: A Writer to Watch

If you're picking up some novels for summer reading, Ed Davis had nice things to say about Blood Clay.
Author Ed Davis: Great Summer Reading: A Writer to Watch
Speaking of watching writers - Ed's novel won the Hackney Award, so watch for him moving up the charts in a few months.

1st Author Interviews: Interview with Valerie Nieman Author of 'Blood Cla...

1st Author Interviews: Interview with Valerie Nieman Author of 'Blood Cla...: "Book Title: Blood Clay Publisher: Press 53 Author: Valerie Nieman Genre: Literary fiction/Southern fiction Amazon: Blood Clay [paperb..."

Show the love: visit your local bookstore June 18-19 and June 25

Indie bookstores keep the flame of literature alive.
Press 53 is supporting "indies" all over the nation with "Support our Indie Friends Weekend" right now - including one of my faves, Barnhill's in Winston-Salem.
June 25 is "Save a Bookstore" day, and all of us readers who enjoy browsing and sipping some good coffee need to come on out and show the love by actually (ahem) buying a book.
Me, I'll be at McIntyre's in Fearrington Village, where I'm scheduled to read at 11 a.m. Maybe I'll see you there!

Interviewing Myself

Seems like things come in threes - most recently, three Q&As.
Two I've just sent off to their respective e-publications, but the first of the trio is now up at StorySouth. Ben Klinkner, formerly of the Greensboro Review, did a great review of Blood Clay, and sent a list of questions to follow the review.
They were interesting, and demanding - the questions that come when a person has read the book and taken mental notes - I was hard pressed to respond in kind.
(I have to say, being likened to Alice Munro will give an author the big head!)
Since leaving journalism, I've found myself on the opposite side of the table from my 25-year experience as an interviewer. Now I'm the one trying to make a cogent sentence, or come up with a name or title from the lumber room of my  memory. And it's tough. Hats off to those celebrities and newly formed celebrities who have to be poised and polished for a ceaseless round of interviews.

Performing as a Writer

For all of us who read our work in public - here's a great piece by Joe Mills, a fellow Press 53 poet and a truly excellent workshop leader and reader.
We owe it to our audiences to be as practiced and prepared as any other performing artist.

The corner where you are


The heart of a (mountain) woman

I've been reading a lovely book of poetry, "Living Above the Frost Line,"and it's become essential preparation for my trip this week to the mountains of North Carolina and Georgia.
You see, I'm living out of the mountains for the first time in my life. From the rolling Allegheny Plateau to the hills of north-central West Virginia, I've been wrapped in mountain mists and lulled by the sounds of flowing streams and deep-woods birds such as vireos and thrushes. But in 1997 I came down to the flatlands, to Greensboro, and it has been a wonderful transition but not without some pangs for a former life.
Nancy Simpson's book of new and selected poems, out last year from Carolina Wren Press, takes me back. In 108 pages, it covers a lifetime as woman and poet, from 1977 to 2009. I've begun to know something of this devoted teacher and activist, beyond the exchanged e-mail messages when she drew me into the family of the John C. Campbell Folk School. I still reme…