Aruna Gurumurthy, Writer

Aruna Gurumurthy is a visionary poet and keen enthusiast for change. Born in Mumbai, her experiences and discoveries brought her to Amherst, Massachusetts at the turn of the century. Having toiled in labs for a decade, her journey into writing poetry began in a moment of epiphany just under two years ago. She chased her dreams […]

Valerie Macon, Writer

        A String of Black Pearls is a collection of poetry by Valerie Macon that Poet Laureate, Shelby Stevenson, calls “a field of images along a shoreline of sails and shirts, birds and wires, wind and cables. . . . poems [that] rise and lilt in meditative sermons unmistakably searching for the […]

Karen Pullen, Writer

      Writing is hard, and even when I have the time, I’d rather fold laundry or check e-mail. I’m not one of those people who’s mesmerized by her own words and forgets to eat. What makes me sit down and work on a story is the certainty that it won’t be told if […]

Chris Abbate, Writer

  Many of Chris Abbate’s poems pay homage to coming of age and family dynamics. His poetry also grapples with questions at the intersection of religion and spirituality. Chris’ debut book of poetry, Talk About God (Main Street Rag, 2017), explores the gray areas; the ragged edges of religious experience. The poet Alice Osborn says, “Every poem in Talk […]

Michele Berger, Writer

  Michele Tracy Berger is a writer, professor, and pug-lover. In addition to science fiction, she writes poetry and creative non-fiction. Her work has appeared in The Feminist Wire, Ms. Magazine, WNC Woman, as well as several literary journals and anthologies. She is a graduate of the CCCC Creative Writing Program and served on the […]

William Sommers new book “Foreign Vistas”

  Although I haven’t read every book the the Joyful Jewel carries, I really like this one that I have started reading, our newest one, a book by the fascinating William Sommers.  In “Foreign Vistas” he relates some of his experiences through many years of work in the foreign service in Thailand, Vietnam, The Phillippines, […]

Marilyn Shannon Reading at the Joyful Jewel

Marilyn Shannon is coming to share from her book. Don’t we all want to know what men think/feel? She will be here Sunday Aug. 6, 3 – 4pm at the Joyful Jewel.  

Tim Mattimoe, Writer

Tim Mattimoe lives in Pittsboro, NC with his wife, Karen, near their three sons and four grandchildren.  He taught history to college students for more than thirty years and was a newspaper reporter and photographer for ten years.  he has been writing poetry for sixty years but mostly since he retired in 2012.  Tim’s subjects […]

Vision & Voice 2017

This year’s Vision & Voice, April 30, 2017 was so poignant, meaningful and fun!  Here are the photos that Mary L. Barnard took.  The event featured writers who wrote about pieces of art from the Joyful presenting their poems or stories alongside the artists who inspired them.

Marilyn Shannon, Writer

NC Author Marilyn Shannon writes about men in her book “In Just One Afternoon: Listening into the Hearts of Men.