In-Store | Writers at Home: The Art of Spiritual Writing with Rick Chess, Molly Bolton, Jessica Jacobs, and Luke Hankins

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Join us for the February 2024 installment of the Great Smokies Writing Program's reading series, Writers at Home. This month features readings from Rick Chess, Molly Bolton, Jessica Jacobs, and Luke Hankins.

This is an in-person event with limited in-store seating, and there is no option to attend online. 

The event is free but registration is required to reserve a seat.

Please CLICK HERE to register for the IN-PERSON event. Note the important event details on the RSVP form.


Molly Bolton is a writer, spiritual director, teacher, and occasional bartender living outside of Boone, North Carolina. She holds a Master of Divinity from Wake Forest School of Divinity and was trained as a chaplain at Cleveland Clinic, where she subsequently served as a staff chaplain for 6 years. Molly teaches the Spiritual Direction Practicum at Still Harbor, Boston and is a weekly liturgy writer for enfleshed, a spiritual collective rooted in mutual liberation. She facilitates workshops and grief groups utilizing poetry as a tool for spiritual support. Molly’s poetry and essays can be found in publications such as The EcoTheo ReviewHippocampus MagazineSusurrus Magazine, and The Whale Road Review. Molly was named a 2022 NC Gilbert-Chappell Series emerging poet. She lives with her spouse, their baby & their tuxedo cat, who is their household’s chaplain.

Luke Hankins is the author of two full-length poetry collections, Radiant Obstacles and Weak Devotions, as well as a poetry chapbook, Testament (Texas Review Press, 2023). He is also the author of a collection of essays, The Work of Creation, and a volume of translations from the French of Stella Vinitchi Radulescu, A Cry in the Snow & Other Poems. The founder and editor of Orison Books and a longtime editorial staff member at Asheville Poetry Review, Luke lives in Asheville with a tiny dog named Fox.

Richard Chess is the author of four books of poetry, Love Nailed to the Doorpost (University of Tampa Press 2017, Tekiah (University of Georgia Press 1996; republished by University of Tampa Press 2000); Chair in the Desert (University of Tampa Press 2000); and Third Temple (University of Tampa Press 2006). His poems have appeared in Best American Spiritual Writing 2005Telling and Remembering: A Century of American Jewish Poetry, and The Bloomsbury Anthology of Contemporary American Jewish Poetry. He is Professor Emeritus at UNC Asheville, where for more than three decades he taught courses in English/Creative Writing and Jewish Studies. 

Jessica Jacobs is the author of unalone, poems in conversation with the Book of Genesis (forthcoming from Four Way Books, March 2024); Take Me with You, Wherever You’re Going (Four Way Books, 2019), one of Library Journal’s Best Poetry Books of the Year, winner of the Devil’s Kitchen and Goldie Awards, and a finalist for the Brockman-Campbell, American Fiction, and Julie Suk Book Awards; Pelvis with Distance (White Pine Press, 2015), a biography-in-poems of Georgia O’Keeffe, winner of the New Mexico Book Award in Poetry and a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award; and co-author of Write It! 100 Poetry Prompts to Inspire (Spruce Books/Penguin RandomHouse). She is the founder and executive director of Yetzirah: A Hearth for Jewish Poetry.


If you decide to attend and to purchase books, we ask that you purchase from Malaprop's. When you do this you make it possible for us to continue hosting author events and you keep more dollars in our community. You'll find a selection of books by Great Smokies Writing Program faculty below. You may also support our work by purchasing a gift card or making a donation of any amount below. Thank you!

Event address: 
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
55 Haywood St.
Asheville, NC 28801
Books: 
Best Spiritual Literature: Vol. 7, 2022 By Luke Hankins (Editor), Nathan Poole (Editor), Karen Tucker (Editor) Cover Image
By Luke Hankins (Editor), Nathan Poole (Editor), Karen Tucker (Editor)
$18.00
ISBN: 9781949039375
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Orison Books - December 6th, 2022

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unalone By Jessica Jacobs Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781954245822
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Four Way Books - March 15th, 2024

Best Spiritual Literature Vol. 8 By Luke Hankins (Editor), Nathan Poole (Editor), Karen Tucker (Editor) Cover Image
By Luke Hankins (Editor), Nathan Poole (Editor), Karen Tucker (Editor)
$18.00
ISBN: 9781949039443
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Orison Books - December 5th, 2023

Love Nailed to the Doorpost By Richard Chess Cover Image
$14.00
ISBN: 9781597321457
Availability: Not Currently On Our Shelves. Usually Ships in 1-5 Days.
Published: University of Tampa Press - March 23rd, 2017

Tekiah By Richard Chess Cover Image
$12.00
ISBN: 9781879852785
Availability: Not Currently On Our Shelves. Usually Ships in 1-5 Days.
Published: University of Tampa Press - September 1st, 2002

Write It!: 100 Poetry Prompts to Inspire By Jessica Jacobs, Nickole Brown Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781632173478
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Spruce Books - October 20th, 2020

Take Me with You, Wherever You're Going By Jessica Jacobs Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781945588266
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Four Way Books - March 4th, 2019

In Whatever Light Left to Us By Jessica Jacobs Cover Image
$12.00
ISBN: 9781943977192
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Sibling Rivalry Press, LLC - October 13th, 2016

Pelvis with Distance By Jessica Jacobs Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781935210665
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: White Pine Press (NY) - March 24th, 2015

Testament: Poems (The TRP Chapbook Series) By Luke Hankins Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781680033304
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Texas Review Press - February 15th, 2023

Radiant Obstacles: Poems By Luke Hankins Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9781725262089
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Wipf & Stock Publishers - August 1st, 2020

Prayers and Blessings for Healthcare Workers By Mandy Mizelle (Editor), Chelsea Brooke Yarborough (Contribution by), Virgil Fry (Contribution by) Cover Image
By Mandy Mizelle (Editor), Chelsea Brooke Yarborough (Contribution by), Virgil Fry (Contribution by)
$22.95
ISBN: 9781640654808
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Morehouse Publishing - August 17th, 2021

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