Thursday, June 7, 2012

Coffee with the Poets Welcomes Maren O. Mitchell

Maren O. Mitchell, Poet
A member of the North Carolina Writers’ Network West is featured each month at Coffee with the Poets. Maren Mitchell, outstanding poet and native of North Carolina, will read Wednesday, June 13, 10:30 a.m. at Café Touche, 82 Main Street in Hayesville, NC.
Anyone who enjoys writing and reading poetry is welcome to come and listen or read an original poem or short prose piece. The prose can be fiction or non-fiction of no more than 1000 words.

I’ve known Maren Mitchell for a number of years. We partnered in Nancy Simpson’s class on putting together a chapbook. Maren’s poetry makes us think about things we might have never thought about before. She has a unique way of seeing the world around her. While growing up, she lived in Bordeaux, France and Kaiserslautern, Germany. Presently she teaches origami, the Japanese art of paper folding, at the Moss Memorial Library in Hayesville, North Carolina, near her home in Young Harris, Georgia where she lives with her husband and two cats.

Her poetry has appeared in Southern Humanities Review, The Classical Outlook, The Journal of Kentucky Studies, Appalachian Journal, Red Clay Reader, Volume 4, The Richmond Broom, The Arts Journal and the anthologies Sunrise from Blue Thunder, Echoes Across the Blue Ridge and Nurturing Paws.

Several of her poems have been archived in online journals. Her poem, Not the Poem, won this year’s First Place Award for Excellence in poetry in the Georgia Poetry Society.

Maren has taught poetry at Blue Ridge Community College in Flat Rock, NC. She had a poet’s dream job when she catalogued at Connemara, Carl Sandburg’s North Carolina home, now a National Historic Site.

You will not want to miss Coffee with the Poets this month. We will also give a door prize. Just sign your name on the Sign Up Sheet.
There is no charge for this event, but you will likely want to sample Liz’s coffee, and I highly recommend the muffins.

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