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David Radavich’s recent poetry collections are America Bound: An Epic for Our Time, Canonicals: Love’s Hours, and Middle-East Mezze. His plays have been produced across the U.S., including six Off-Off-Broadway, and in Europe. He has published a variety of scholarly and informal essays and has performed in such places as Canada, Egypt, England, France, Germany, and Iceland. Radavich has served as president of the Thomas Wolfe Society and the Charlotte Writers’ Club. His latest book, The Countries We Live In, explores the landscapes of mind, heart, and body in the contemporary world.
Jay Bryan lives in Orange County, North Carolina, with his wife, horses, guineas, dogs, a cat and a cockatiel. He is (was) poet laureate for Carrboro, North Carolina and with the Arts Committee, helped to establish Carrboro’s Poets Council. For fifteen years he has coordinated poetry readings on Carrboro Day for the town’s celebration of its residents and their gifts. He compiled and edited the Carrboro 100th Birthday Poetry Anthology, published in May 2011. Among the Anthology’s twenty-four poets were Daphne Athas, Michael Chitwood, Ricky Garni, Patrick Herron, and Marly Youmans. His chapbook, Selected Poems, was published by Finishing Line Press in June, 2013. In 1994 he published Haiku for Carroll, a book of haiku written to his deceased wife during her illness. His poems have been published in Blink, they wrote us a poem VII and VIII (Health Arts Network at Duke), the Ecozoic Reader, the Legal Studies Forum, Haibun Today, Cowboy Poetry and the Stone House, an anthology of haiku from Bolin Brook Farm.
Ann Deagon took her doctorate in Classics at UNC-Chapel Hill and served as Hedge Professor of Humanities and Writer in Residence at Guilford College until her retirement in 1992. She edited The Guilford Review, directed Poetry Center Southeast, and helped establish the North Carolina Writers’ Network.
Among her poetry collections are: Carbon 14, Poetics South, There is No Balm in Birmingham, and The Polo Poems, plus several chapbooks. Her fiction includes short stories, Habitats, and the novel, The Diver’s Tomb. Her plays have received reader’s theatre production at various colleges and theater conferences. Her awards include a creative writing fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Since retirement Ann has acted in theater and film and performed her poems and original songs at various universities, arts centers, and retirement homes, as well as the International Civil Rights Museum. She continues to present readings and 2011 she was the honoree of the NC Writers Conference Asheville meeting and was named Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet for 2012 and 2013.