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Visiting Biltmore on my recent visit to Asheville.

Asheville Writers is growing! Although I am fostering it from the other side of the state in the Triangle, I’m happy that the membership is going up and that so many members keep me updated about writing events in Western North Carolina.

My next visit to Asheville will be the first weekend in May for Wordfest (details below). I’m organizing a day’s worth of poetry events at the Asheville Art Museum–including poetry on demand!

For now, here’s the member news:

Sunny Cook, Asheville area writer and editor, just published the memoir of a Southern, 64-year-old transgendered woman named Cary Wilson. As an Asheville native and a transgender who underwent her surgery 37 years ago, Cary offers a unique perspective for all those concerned about discrimination. Her life’s story, I Am Cary, published in March by BookBaby, will soon be available as an eBook through Amazon, Kindle, Nook, iBookstore, Baker & Taylor, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, Scribd, Gardners, and Copia.

Author Rodney Page’s political thriller Powers Not Delegated was released by BQB Publishing.

Fern Webb recently published pieces in the Biltmore paper and Haywood paper.

Sharon Lamhut Willen is the author of Not Done Yet: A Tale of Transformation Through Transplant Surgery. Her book was published by Wren Song Press, March 2014.


May 2-4: Asheville Wordfest is a free 3-day literary festival. Look for my poetry on demand booth, a creativity session, and featured poet local events!

June 14-15: Just across the border, the South Carolina Literacy Event provides an outlet for authors to sign books, meet fans, and discuss the importance of their work. This event will include 30-60 authors and is a mainstream event for all authors.