Hickory – Richard Allen Taylor received the 2015 Irene Blair Honeycutt Legacy Award for his service to the writing community as Founding Editor of Kakalak: Anthology of Carolinas Poetry. He is also the author of 3 collections of poetry and serves as Review Editor for Main Street Rag Journal out of Charlotte. The event will be held at Taste Full Beans Coffeehouse in downtown Hickory.

On June 13, Taylor will visit Hickory for the monthly series, Poetry Hickory, where he will read from his work and lead a workshop on “The Poetic Line.”

HickTaylorTaylor has participated in Poetry Hickory for 3 consecutive years as Editor of Kakalak when the journal held one of its North and South Carolina reading tour events. Now he will be the sole featured writer as he reads from Something to Read on the Plane, Punching Through the Egg of Space, and his newest collection, Armed and Luminous.

NC Poet Laureate, Joseph Bathanti, says of Taylor’s new book, “With grace, humor, and abundant humanity, these memorable poems dig down to the daily fodder and pomp of what it’s like to drw breath on the mysterious earth, that plane of faith and desire vouchsafed through language.”

Poetry Hickory founder and organizer, Scott Owens, says, “Ask a moonflower how to die, teach someone the art of reaching, consider the limitations of emoticons, create angels of everything, recollect in tranquility your first kiss, realize and appreciate the temporary nature of it all, and, as a result, live better.

These are the simple lessons of Richard Allen Taylor’s poems, and reading them will help you attend to such vital matters with greater urgency.”

Taylor’s workshop begins at 5:30, is limited to 12 participants, costs $10, and requires pre registration by contacting Owens at (828) 234-4266 or [email protected]. The reading will begin at 7:00, and an Open Mic will follow the reading. Those interested in sharing their work at the Open Mic should contact Owens at (828) 234-4266 or [email protected].