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Chatham Community Library to Host Readings from the 2017 North Carolina Literary Review

Post Date:10/23/2017 4:42 PM

On Saturday, November 4th, Chatham Community Library will host readings from the 2017 North Carolina Library Literary Review

Featured authors include Anita Collins reading her Doris Betts Fiction Prize story and Applewhite Poetry Prize finalists Paul Jones, Tori Reynolds, and Kit Wienert.


A late starter to writing fiction, Anita Collins won the 2016 Doris Betts Fiction Prize with her story, “The Anderson Kid,” published in the 2017 North Carolina Literary Review. Anita was also a named a Finalist (2016) and awarded an Honorable Mention (2015) for the James Hurst Prize for Fiction competition held by North Carolina State University. She completed a two-week residency at the Weymouth Center in August and is looking forward to another residency next spring as the Cos Barnes Fellow in Fiction.

After living in Holland, Germany, Tennessee, and Georgia, Anita Collins now lives in Chapel Hill, NC with her husband, songwriter Wes Collins, her science-loving daughter Cassie, and her design-loving son Will. By day, she manages a change management team for UNC Chapel Hill. Nights and weekends, Anita writes short stories and is in the early stages of writing her first novel.

Paul Jones is a Clinical Professor on the faculties of the School of Information and Library Science and the School of Media and Journalism at UNC Chapel Hill. He is also the director of a nearly twenty-five-year-old project,, dedicated to sharing free information and open source software. In his spare time, he has been a strategic advisor on Informatics for an international health group. He has published poems in a cookbook, two travel books, and an anthology of love poems. His poem “Clear Channel” was selected for 2nd place in the 2016 James Applewhite Poetry Prize and published in the 2017 North Carolina Literary Review. His poem “Basketball Is a Kind of Poetry” was selected for honorable mention and published in NCLR Online 2017. 


 Tori Reynolds lives in Durham, NC. She serves on the board of the North Carolina Poetry Society and is a long-time member of the Poet Fools poetry group. She was honored to have her poem chosen as a finalist in the North Carolina Literary Review's James Applewhite Prize this year.  You can find more of her poems in Cave Wall, Southwest Review, South Carolina Review, The Greensboro Review, and other journals.  Recently, she attended the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference and was a resident at the Vermont Studio Center.


Kit Wienert has been making poems for almost 50 years. As founding publisher of White Dot Press, he received grants from the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts. His latest book is a collected poems titled Analogs of Eden. His writing has appeared in The Lampeter Muse, Credences, Tellus, The Pearl, Exquisite Corpse, Oyster Boy Review, North Carolina Literary Review, and Modern Poetry Quarterly Review, as well as in the anthologies Sparks of Fire: William Blake in a New Age and Gathering Voices.


This event will take place in the Library's Holmes Meeting Room from 4:00-5:30 pm and is free and open to the public.



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