2021 Literary Entries

LITERARY ENTRIES THEME: AGING WITH PURPOSE  DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES: October 22, 2021 AGING WITH PURPOSE is the theme for the 2021 Second Spring Arts Festival. All western Piedmont Triad senior adults, age 60 and above, are invited to submit up to two pieces of literary work in either of the following categories:   Poetry Short Story Essay …

I Will Survive: My Mother Is My Model

By Phyllistine Poole “I will survive” are words I have never spoken or thought because I didn’t need to affirm this belief. My survival has always been a given. Survival is in my DNA, passed down to me through my mother, who grew up in a poor farm family of twelve children. One thing about being poor, you learn how to survive.  Taking care of…

FISH KNIFE

By Diana Calaway There we were at the luncheon table in the home of Di and Paddy, our dear friends in London.  He had arranged a tour of the UK for us, thanks to the acquisition of our North Carolina company by his firm. We had seen Stonehenge and Canterbury Cathedral where Thomas a Beckett…

Covid-19 and A Celebration of Life

By Linda Starkey Hot and humid. It’s typical weather down South in August when taking a breath makes one feel like one is drowning and any excess flesh manufactures rivers of sweat that pastes clothes securely to the body revealing unflattering rolls that might as well be naked. I reluctantly leavemy husband and fur-babies. Having been sequestered in…

Writing for Pleasure…and Maybe Even for Posterity

How many times have you said to yourself, “I ought to write down some of the things that have happened in my life”?  Here is your nudge.  Diana Calaway, retired teacher of composition and literature, and Naomi Foote, former newspaper writer, will lead a mini-workshop in memoir writing. The purpose will not be to teach…

Yellow

To open Janet Joyner’s engaging new collection, Yellow, is to enter a biologist’s notebook. Yet, quickly one realizes it’s not just the natural world being examined here.  Over and over, we upturn rocks of words and find the unexpected: a coneflower becomes the lost girl from childhood; holly berries shift into mushroom clouds; the dry season yields…

2018 Anthology Award Recipients

2018 Anthology Award Recipients Memoir The Basement Stair Dance By Diana Chatham Callaway Poetry Dark Dance for Valentine’s By Janet Joyner Essay Good Dog By Martha Rowe Short Story THE RED BLUFF MADONNA By Janet Joyner Honorable Mention The World Has Become Too Complicated For Me By Helen Etters Thank A Veteran By Howard Pearre…

Featured Writer: Helen Webb

Writings By Helen Webb Music, dance, and writing are alike in that all use the hands as facilitators of expressing thoughts of the mind and emotions of the heart.  In my youth I took piano, flute, tap, ballet, and ballroom dancing lessons. For my seventieth birthday, I treated myself to belly dancing lessons.  I can…

Judith Bognar Bean

We are happy to announce that Judith Bognar Bean will join the Writers Panel Saturday at the Second Spring Arts Festival.  She is the author of “Bittersweet Freedom,” the true story of a 1956 Hungarian Freedom Fighter escaping an execution sentence inflicted upon him by the Soviet Army.  He makes a death-defying escape with his wife…