While we ate, poets and writers strolled in and took seats at the round tables. We knew no one personally, but many of them are on Facebook and on my friends list. Karen, who was one of the invited open mic readers, had not met Scott Owens but she had heard about him from other poets in our area. He facilitates Poetry Hickory and he had visited Hayesville, Murphy and Hiawassee a few months ago.
It was a pleasure to meet Richard Taylor, editor of Kakalak, 2009, Helen Losse, editor for Dead Mule, Jessie Carty, author of Paper House, Nancy Posey, and Anne Hicks who was a featured reader as I was. Anne is the editor of MoonShine Review.
Karen Holmes reading
Scott Owens at the podium
Glenda Beall reading at Poetry Hickory