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.

Gaines Steer, Writer

Gaines Steer, Writer A Story Worth Tellin’ Gaines Steer is a freelance writer who combines story telling and writer’s voices.  The memoir: A Story Worth Tellin’ took ten years to write.  It chronicles (in 100 chapters) the life and times of a benign “Chatham County Character . . .”   Gaines Steer, Writer

James Crouse, Writer

Why This Book Since I can remember, injustice has inspired me to take action, often via pen, typewriter or computer.  My decision to become a lawyer was fueled by this same motivation.  Representing the families of people killed or individuals injured in aviation disasters and other accidents has only reaffirmed the goal of telling the […]

Books that Make a Difference – Janet Joyner & Dori Dupre

How does anyone manage to live a life with all the violence, discrimination and vengeance going on?  I sometimes retreat into a book and this week I have read two that speak to issues of today.  Dori Ann DeJong  Dupre’s novel“Scouts Honor” tells of the long-lasting detriments of one instance of childhood abuse, how  the […]

Patricia Cole, Writer

  Patty Cole – Grew up in WV on the Ohio River and now calls North Carolina her home for the last 20 years. She’s now a hobby farmer and raises chickens and goats with her husband, Hoyt. She was introduced to poetry in college where she studied English and French at West Virginia State […]

Word Sparks event teaser!

Here’s a bit of a Teaser! Sunday June 26 Word Sparks at the Joyful Jewel will include this and much more! Artists have created as they are inspired by poems. 3 – 6pm. This is page 10 of the beautiful booklet that Sharon Blessum put together. Page 10 poem is by Bonnie Korta, and artists […]