Words on Work Celebration

The Jackson County Arts Council will be celebrating the artists who have had work featured in the Rotunda Gallery. Words on Works will also be a celebration of the art council’s 40th anniversary in Jackson County.  A selection of work from these artists will hang in the gallery during March and April. Writers in the community are encouraged to visit the gallery and write a poem or short piece about the work. The piece can be about a singular work or the the entire gallery. It could also be about what art means to this community.

To kick things off, the Jackson County Arts Council will sponsor a poetry writing workshop with poet Brent Martin on Saturday March 5th from 1 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. in the Community Room of the Jackson County Public Library. The workshop is free and open to the public.  

The celebration will culminate on Tuesday, April 26th at 6:30 p.m. during the Jackson County Arts Council’s membership meeting. There will be a public reading for anyone who has a Words on Work piece to share. For more information contact the Jackson County Arts Council at 828-507-9820 or info@jacksoncountyarts.org.

Internationally Recognized Western North Carolina Poet, Thomas Crowe to present new book, Postcards from Peru

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Mr. Thomas Crowe, the WNC recipient of the 2012-13 Regional Artist Project Grant (RAP-G) through the North Carolina Arts Council, will present his new book, Postcards from Peru in the Jackson County Library Complex Community Room on Saturday, September 7, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.  Mr. Crowe will be reading selections from his book, followed by a book signing session.  City Lights Bookstore will have copies of the book available for purchase at the signing.    A light reception, sponsored by the Jackson County Arts Council, will be held after the reading in the downstairs atrium.

Postcards From Peru, in collaboration with Sol Negro Edicoes’s editor Marcio Simoes based in Brazil, is a limited-edition, bilingual book that was created based on poems and postcards that Crowe penned while on an extended trip to Peru in April of 2007. Combining postcards written to artist-friends in the U.S. and abroad and companion poems during Crowe’s journey in the South American country, the result is a unique and interesting view into the landscape, lives and cultures of that country.

Thomas Crowe is an internationally-published author of thirty books, including the multi-award winning book of nonfiction Zoro’s Field: My Life in the Appalachian Woods; The End of Eden: Writings of an Environmental Activist (essays); A House of Girls (short stories); The Laugharne Poems written in Wales and published by Welsh publisher Carreg Gwalch in 1997; and edited the classic Celtic language anthology Writing the Wind: A Celtic Resurgence. As an editor, he has worked with Beatitude magazine, Katuah Journal and the Asheville Poetry Review.  He is founder and publisher of New Native Press. His literary archives have been purchased by the Duke University Special Collections Library. He lives in the Tuckasegee community of rural western North Carolina.

This event is free to the public and is co-sponsored by the Jackson County Arts Council and City Lights Bookstore.