Hickory – Carrboro’s Joan Barasovska has been a leader in NC poetry for years, serving as Vice President of the NC Poetry Society and Coordinator of the Flyleaf Books Second Thursday Poetry Reading Series in Chapel Hill. She will be the featured reader at the April 9 Poetry Hickory hosted at Taste Full Beans Coffeehouse in downtown Hickory starting at 7:00 PM.

Barasovska’s has published poetry and articles on writing in a broad range of literary journals and anthologies. Her new collection of poems is “Birthing Age” from Finishing Line Press. Award-winning poet Stan Absher comments that in her new book the poet’s quest for a fully realized life is mediated by her understanding of others’ difficult lives – a shtetl dweller leaving for America, Robert Johnson at the crossroads, and a homeless woman blindly crossing a dark road in the glare of oncoming headlights.

Barasovska has a private practice in academic therapy, working with children with a variety of challenging school problems. She started writing when she was ten and finds that as she gets older she writes fewer, better poems.

The reading will be followed by an Open Mic.

Poetry Hickory has hosted 157 monthly readings over the past 12 years under the guidance of Hickory poet and Lenoir Rhyne professor, Scott Owens. The reading is free and open to the public. Registration for the Open Mic must be made between 5:30 and 7:00 the night of the reading. Contact Scott Owens at 828-234-4266 for details.