MHU alumni (and former Cadenza editors) Ken Chamlee and Larry Pike will read from their books of published poetry and talk about their experiences at Mars Hill University and in the creative writing field in Western North Carolina.
Please join us! PAWS credit available!
More on Ken Chamlee: His poems have appeared in The North Carolina Literary Review, Cold Mountain Review, Tar River Poetry and many other journals. He won the GSU Review (Georgia State University) National Writing Award, ByLine Magazine’s National Poetry Chapbook Competition (Absolute Faith, 1999), and the Longleaf Press Poetry Chapbook Competition (Logic of the Lost, 2001). In 2004 he won the Word Journal Poetry Prize and in 2017 was a finalist for the James Applewhite Poetry Prize. Ken has received three Pushcart Prize nominations and was the first director of the Looking Glass Rock Writers’ Conference held annually in Brevard. He is the western region 2022 Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet for the North Carolina Poetry Society. Ken’s new collection of poems, If Not These Things, was published by Kelsay Books in 2022. His poetic biography of 19th century American landscape painter Albert Bierstadt, The Best Material for the Artist in the World, is forthcoming from Stephen F. Austin University Press in 2023.
More on Larry Pike: Larry Pike’s poetry and fiction has appeared in The Louisville Review, Seminary Ridge Review, Exposition Review, Black Moon Magazine, Capsule Stories, Jelly Bucket, several anthologies, and other publications. He won the Joy Bale Boone Poetry Award in 2003 and the George Scarbrough Prize for Poetry in 2017. Finishing Line Press published his debut poetry collection, Even in the Slums of Providence, in October 2021. His play Beating the Varsity was the “Kentucky Voices” production at Horse Cave (Ky.) Theatre in 2000, and it was published in World Premieres from Horse Cave Theatre (Motes Books, 2009); two other plays have received staged readings.
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