Hybrid | Writers at Home: Queer Asheville Writers on Love, Grief, and Getting a Good Night’s Sleep

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Writers at Home is a monthly series featuring work from UNCA’s Great Smokies Writing Program and The Great Smokies Review. This month will feature readings by Lori Horvitz, Maggie Anderson, Eric Tran, Bruce Spangand Lockie Hunter and will be moderated by Jennifer McGaha. 

This is a hybrid event, meaning there is an option to attend virtually and a limited number of seats are available to attend the event in-store. Registration is required for both in-person and virtual attendance. 

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Lori Horvitz is the author of two collections of memoir-essays: Collect Call to My Mother: Essays on Love, Grief, and Getting a Good Night’s Sleep and The Girls of Usually. Her personal essays have appeared in a variety of journals, including Under the Sun, Hobart, South Dakota Review, The Laurel Review, The New York Times, The Guardian, and Hotel Amerika. Professor of English at UNC Asheville, Horvitz has been awarded fellowships from Yaddo, Cottages at Hedgebrook, VCCA, Ragdale, Blue Mountain Center, and Brush Creek. She holds a Ph.D. in English from SUNY Albany, and an MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College.

Maggie Anderson is the author of five books of poetry, most recently Dear All  (Four Way Books, 2017). Other books include Windfall: New and Selected Poems, A Space Filled with Moving, and Years That Answer. She has edited several anthologies, including Learning by Heart: Contemporary American Poetry about School and After the Bell:  Contemporary American Prose about School.  Her awards include two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, fellowships from the Ohio, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania Councils on the Arts, and the Ohioana Library Award for contributions to the literary arts in Ohio. The founding director of the Wick Poetry Center and of the Wick Poetry Series of the Kent State University Press, Anderson is Professor Emerita of English at Kent State University and lives in Asheville, NC.

Eric Tran is a queer Vietnamese poet and the author of Mouth, Sugar, and Smoke (Diode Editions 2022) and The Gutter Spread Guide to Prayer (Autumn House Press). His poetry has been featured in All Things Considered, Poetry Daily, and Best of the Net, among other publications. He is completing his fellowship in Addiction Psychiatry at the Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, OR.

Bruce Spang, former Poet Laureate of Portland, is the author of two novels: The Deception of the Thrush and Those Close Beside Me. His most recent collection of poems, All You’ll Derive: A Caregiver’s Journey, was published in 2020. He’s also published four other books of poems, including To the Promised Land Grocery and Boy at the Screen Door (Moon Pie Press) along with several anthologies and several chapbooks. He is the poetry and fiction editor of the Smoky Blue Literary and Arts Magazine. His poems have been published in Gay and Lesbian Literary Review, Connecticut River Review, Red Rover Magazine, Great Smokies Review, Caesura, Los Angeles Review, Kalopsia Literary Journal and other journals across the United States. He lives in Candler, NC with his husband Myles Rightmire and their five dogs, five fish, and thirty birds.

Lockie Hunter serves as associate producer of the poetry and prose radio program Wordplay on 103.3 FM in Asheville. She holds an MFA in creative writing from Emerson College in Boston and has taught creative writing at Warren Wilson College. Her work has appeared in Brevity, The Baltimore Review, North Carolina Literary Review, Christian Science Monitor, Gulf Stream Literary Magazine, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency and elsewhere. Lockie has received scholarships/grants from The North Carolina Arts Council and the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts.

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Collect Call to My Mother: Essays on Love, Grief, and Getting a Good Night's Sleep By Lori Horvitz Cover Image
ISBN: 9798985965926
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: New Meridian Arts - January 7th, 2023

Dear All, By Maggie Anderson Cover Image
ISBN: 9781935536970
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Four Way Books - September 5th, 2017

Windfall: New and Selected Poems (Pitt Poetry Series) By Maggie Anderson Cover Image
ISBN: 9780822957195
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: University of Pittsburgh Press - March 2nd, 2000

The Gutter Spread Guide to Prayer (Autumn House Rising Writer Prize) By Eric Tran Cover Image
ISBN: 9781938769511
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Autumn House Press - March 25th, 2020

Revisions By Eric Tran Cover Image
ISBN: 9781943977468
Availability: Not Currently On Our Shelves. Usually Ships in 1-5 Days.
Published: Sibling Rivalry Press, LLC - February 15th, 2018

Those Close Beside Me By Bruce P. Spang Cover Image
ISBN: 9781944393892
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Piscataqua Press - May 29th, 2018

The Deception of the Thrush By Bruce P. Spang Cover Image
ISBN: 9781939739421
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Riverrun Select - July 28th, 2014

SKU: x672389