Hickory – Joseph Mills, a faculty member at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and the author of 7 books of poetry and several works of fiction and nonfiction will be the featured writer at the 179th Poetry Hickory event on September 13 at Taste Full Beans Coffeehouse in downtown Hickory.Distinguished Poet

Mills holds an endowed chair, the Susan Burress Wall Distinguished Professorship in the Humanities, and has been honored with a UNC Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching. His most recent book of poetry, “Bodies in Motion,” consists of poems about dance. Another recent volume “This Miraculous Turning” was awarded the North Carolina Roanoke-Chowan Award for Poetry for its exploration of race and family.

In 2019, Mills published his debut collection of fiction, “Bleachers,” which consists of fifty-four linked pieces that take place during a youth soccer game. He also has edited the collection of film criticism “A Century of the Marx Brothers,” and with his wife, Danielle Tarmey, he researched and wrote two editions of “A Guide to North Carolina’s Wineries.”

The reading will begin at 6:30, and Mills will be followed by an Open Mic. The event is free and open to the public. More information about Joseph Mils’ work is available at www.josephrobertmills.com. For more information about Poetry Hickory or to register for the Open Mic, contact Scott Owens at 828-234-4266 or [email protected].
Joseph Mills