Posts Tagged ‘Poetry Hickory’

Poetry Hickory, February 14, 2023

January 19, 2023

Flyer for July 13 Poetry Hickory

June 15, 2010

June 8 Poetry Hickory Flyer featuring David Rigsbee and Linda Annas Ferguson

June 3, 2010

March Poetry Hickory Open Mic and Reminder

March 5, 2010

It almost snuck up on me, but next Tuesday, March 9, is the next Poetry Hickory.  Featured writers are Pedestal Magazine Founding Editor, John Amen, and Mike Smith, author of 3 collections of poetry, including the most technically remarkable book of poems I’ve seen in a very, very, very long time.  Both authors will have copies of their books available for purchase and are more than willing to make your copy a bit more special by signing it.

Open Mic readers are Nancy Posey, winner of the Poetic Asides 2009 November PAD Chapbook Challenge, and winner of two top 5 poems in the April 2009 PAD Challenge; John Womack, who has a new book of poems just out; and Justin Ganser.

As always, we’ll start at 6:30, but we will also have the NC Writers’ Network Writers’ Night Out at 5:00. This networking and critiquing group is open to any and all who wish to participate.  Those who usually attend include both beginning writers and well-established writers and journal editors.  It’s a great opportunity to gain insight towards beginning or furthering your occupation as a writer.

Attendance at Poetry Hickory and Writers’ Night Out is always free and is sponsored by Taste Full Beans Coffeehouse, Main Street Rag, and the North Carolina Writers’ Network.

February Poetry Hickory Videos

February 12, 2010
Here are links to 5 video samples from February’s Poetry Hickory, thanks to Jessie Carty.  It was a fantastic night, and I want to thank all those who attended and especially our readers who came from Emory, VA, Chapel Hill, Elkin, Statesville, and Charlotte.  As always, thanks to Taste Full Beans and Main Street Rag.  I will attempt to embed these links in the sidebar under videos so that they’ll be available here even after this blog entry has scrolled into oblivion.
–Jessie Carty:
–Tony Ricciardelli
–Bill Blackley
–Felicia Mitchell Joanna Catherine Scott

March 2010 Poetry HIckory

February 12, 2010

March 2010 Poetry Hickory

February Open Mic Readers Set

January 21, 2010

I was already pretty excited about February’s Poetry Hickory.  I mean, you can’t get much better than Joanna Catherine Scott and Felicia Mitchell as featured writers.  If you don’t already know their work, then you could start by reading the reviews I wrote of their recent books for Wild Goose Poetry Review.  Both reviews have been archived on my blog at and

But now, the Open Mic has shaped up to be perhaps the best we’ve ever had.  First there is Jessie Carty, who has already been a featured writer and will be so again soon but is doing the Open Mic now because she has a new book out, The Wait of Atom, a review of which will be in the next Wild Goose Poetry Review.  If you can’t wait for that, you can read a sort of preview here:  You can also read some of her recent work in Wild Goose where she is the Featured Poet in the current issue.

The second Open Mic reader will be one of my favorite people in the world of NC poetry and a repeat Open Mic reader at Poetry Hickory, Tony Ricciardelli.  Tony is the founder and coordinator of the Phi Beat Open Mic Reading Series in Statesville where he teaches at Mitchell Community College.  Poetry Hickory fans will remember his poem “Ryan O.” which he read back in October and is in the current issue of Wild Goose.

The final Open Mic reader is a first-timer at Poetry Hickory, but certainly not in the world of poetry.  Bill Blackley has, in fact, been the President of the NC Poetry Society and is this year’s Chair of the Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet Series.  This is his first time at Poetry Hickory simply because he will have to drive all the way from Elkin to participate.  I hope we can make so worth his time that he wants to come back and do it again.

This is definitely one not to miss.  So I hope to see you all at 6:30 on February 9 at Taste Full Beans Coffeehouse.  By the way, we’ll also have copies of the new Main Street Rag and several new books from Main Street Rag, available for purchase at the usual incredible Poetry Hickory discount prices.

February Poetry Hickory

January 14, 2010

The Poetry Reading That Almost Wasn’t

January 12, 2010

First there was Linda Ferguson’s kidney stones; now there is Jim Clark’s bronchitis.  It seems the fates have it out for the January Poetry Hickory.  After 28 months of no cancellations, we’ve had two cancellations this month.  BUT . . . Have no fear!  The show will go on.  Terri Kirby Erickson is standing in for Linda, and the incomparable Ted Pope will read in the place of Jim Clark.  And, of course, our three Open Mic readers (Tony Rankine, Brian Legore, and Glen Wigington) are still ready to read as well (I hope).  So, we’ll still start with the Open Mic at 6:30, followed by Erickson, and then Pope to wrap it all up.  My special thanks to Terri and Ted for pinch hitting on such short notice.

January 12 Poetry Hickory

December 14, 2009

January 12 Poetry Hickory