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Dede Wilson’s latest book is Near Waking, published by Finishing Line Press. Her previous books include Glass, finalist for the Persephone Press Award; Sea of Small Fears, winner of the Main Street Rag Chapbook Competition; One Nightstand, light verse in forms with a primer to poetic forms, and Eliza: The New Orleans Years. Eliza was a finalist for the Perugia Press Award and the Pearl Poetry Prize. Four poems from Eliza appeared in Nimrod as finalists for the Pablo Neruda Award. Eliza has been performed as a one-woman show in Jackson, MS, and Charlotte, NC. Dede’s poems have been published in Spoon River Poetry Review, Carolina Quarterly, Poet Lore, Poem, The Lyric, Tar River Poetry, New Orleans Poetry Review, Southern Poetry Review, Asheville Poetry Review, Cream City Review and many other journals. A former travel editor of the Dallas Times Herald, she has lived in Charlotte since 1967.
Keith Flynn attended the University of North Carolina at Asheville where he studied Creative Writing and Political Science. While at UNCA, Flynn was instrumental in founding the student newspaper, The Blue Banner, and in 1985 won the Sandburg Prize for Poetry. He moved to Nashville, Tennessee in 1987 and formed the nationally acclaimed rock band, The Crystal Zoo. Flynn is currently touring with his combo, The Holy Men, whose first album, LIVE at Diana Wortham Theatre, was released in 2011.
Flynn is the author of five collections of poetry: The Talking Drum, The Book of Monsters, The Lost Sea, and The Golden Ratio, and the forthcoming Colony Collapse Disorder. His poems have appeared in hundreds of magazines, journals, and anthologies in the United States and Europe.
He has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and Pushcart Prize and was awarded the Paumanok Poetry Prize in 1996. He has given thousands of performances from his work across North America and abroad. In 2005 and 2006, Flynn served as the Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet for North Carolina, working to promote the cultural importance of poetry in his home state. He is also the founder and editor of The Asheville Poetry Review, a literary journal established in 1994 that has published over 1,500 writers from 22 countries.