These well known and award-winning writers each have excellent new books to share! Both books are full of absorbing mystery and intrigue. These writers are entertaining personalities that are a delight to hear in person.
Valerie Nieman‘s second poetry collection, Hotel Worthy, appeared in March 2015 from Press 53, which also published her debut collection, Wake Wake Wake. She also has published a collection of short stories, Fidelities.
She was a 2013-2014 North Carolina Arts Council poetry fellow, and has received an NEA creative writing fellowship as well as major grants in West Virginia and Kentucky. Her awards include the Greg Grummer, Nazim Hikmet, and Byron Herbert Reece poetry prizes.
Nieman graduated from West Virginia University and Queens University of Charlotte. A former newspaper reporter and editor, she now teaches creative writing at North Carolina A&T State University and at venues ranging from the John C. Campbell Folk School to WriterHouse.
December 1, 2015 Judy Hogan began publishing all of her Penny Weaver mysteries, beginning with The Sands of Gower. The second mystery, Haw, is due out May 1. She plans to do three a year, and I has already written sixteen. Killer Frost and Farm Fresh and Fatal were the sixth and seventh written. For more information: judyhogan at mindspring.com. judyhogan.home.mindspring.com and ostmenopausalzest.blogspot.
Of her books Judy says: My books are based on my own experiences. Sun-Blazoned was written in Chapel Hill when I lived in interracial housing. Light Food takes place in North Carolina and Wales. Killer Frost was written after my experience teaching in a black college in Raleigh, where students were admitted who could barely read. Farm Fresh & Fatal takes place at a farmers’ market in a town like Pittsboro. This River: An Epic Love Poem and Beaver Soul were written after visiting Russia and falling in love with a new Russian friend, and the imagery is from the Haw River.
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