Hickory – The next Poetry Hickory will take place at 7:00 PM on May 9 at Taste Full Beans Coffeehouse in downtown Hickory.

Featured writers will be Maryrose Carroll and Earl LeClaire.

CarrollMaryrose Carroll refers to herself as “an old woman and now a young poet.” She is an award winning author of Beats Me. Love Poetry, Censorship from Chicago to Appalachia and an award winning editor of God & Other Poems by Paul Carroll. Her new collection of poems, ‘Conversations with a Dead Lover, is published by Finishing Line Press.

Joseph Bathanti, North Carolina Poet Laureate (2012-14), says of Carroll’s poems, “They are beautifully contemplative, yet deeply visceral. Addressed often directly, often peripherally, to her husband, the great American poet and editor, Paul Carroll, they take head-on the conundrum of love in its myriad guises.”

PoetryLeClaire.Earl LeClaire has published 3 books of poetry, 2 books of young adult fiction, 3 cookbooks, and a book of vignettes. He has also worked as a lobsterman, a nuclear-piping engineer, a taxi driver, and a chef. He lived for many years in San Francisco and performed for several years the jazz and spoken word group, Social Dogs. He currently lives in Boone, NC.

Begun and coordinated by Lenoir Rhyne Professor of Poetry, Scott Owens, Poetry Hickory is in its 11th year of monthly second Tuesday readings. Each reading includes one or two featured writers and an Open Mic. Readings begin at 7:00 PM and are open to the public. For more information contact Owens at Taste Full Beans (828) 325-0108 or visit online at poetryhickory.com
Pictured: Maryrose Carroll and Earl LeClaire