Suzanne Cottrell's book Gifts of the Seasons, Autumn and Winter makes perfect reading for this season. A friend from Looking Glass Rock Writer's Conference, Suzanne is a retired teacher, outdoor enthusiast, and writer who lives with her husband and two rescued dogs in rural Piedmont North Carolina.  Learn more about her poetry, fiction, and personal narrative publications at her website.  

Congratulations to Meagan Lucas whose Songbirds and Stray Dogs was just nominated for The Sir Walter Raleigh Award for Fiction.  Follow her on Facebook.

Happenings of Interest


The Laugh-a-Lot Library will feature the stories behind and the poems in GRIT, October 27, from 7 - 8 p.m. Zoom in here to join Karen and her colleague John Fenner.

North Carolina Writers Network-West hosts a Writers' Night Out the second Friday of each month.  To get on the email list for a Zoom link, contact Program Coordinator Glenda C. Beall.


During this time of social distancing across the globe, many teachers and spiritual leaders are offering free resources. Three I've found helpful are Oprah and Deepak's 21 day meditations, Nick Ortner's free tapping videos, and  Sounds True's Resilience in Challenging Times. In addition, the Academy of American Poets publishes Shelter in Poems which offer inspiration, comfort, and hope.

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