Hickory – The December 11 Poetry Hickory at Taste Full Beans Coffeehouse will feature four local authors. Scott Owens, Tim Peeler, Doug McHargue, and Robert Canipe, editor at Red Hawk Press, will be the featured writers.

Scott Owens is the award-winning author of 14 collections of poetry, including “Thinking About the Next Big Bang in the Galaxy at the Edge of Town,” “Down to Sleep,” “Paternity,” and “Country Roads,” a collection of photographs of local sights by Clayton Joe Young and poems by Owens about the photos. Owens is a Professor of Poetry at Lenoir Rhyne, founder and facilitator of Poetry Hickory, and owner of Taste Full Beans Coffeehouse. His articles about poetry have been featured in “The Poet’s Market” 5 times, and his poems have been read by Garrison Keillor on NPR’s “The Writer’s Almanac” 6 times.

Tim Peeler is the author of more than 15 books of poetry, baseball history, and local history, including “We See What We Want to See,” a collaboration with photographer, Joe Young, featuring photos and poetry about the Henry River Mill Village, featured in the film, “The Hunger Games.” Peeler is also the author of “Knuckle Bear,” “Waiting for Charlie Brown,” “Checking Out,” and “Henry River: An American Ruin,” among others. He is an instructor at Catawba Valley Community College.

Doug McHargue’s first book of poetry, “The Woman in Happy Dollar,” was published last year by Finishing Line Press. Her work has been in “Wild Goose Poetry Review,” “The Best of Poetry Hickory” and many more journals and magazines. She has read her work frequently at Poetry Hickory, The Art of Poetry at the Hickory Museum of Art, and other events and locations.

Robert Canipe is Editor and Publisher at Red Hawk Press. He has published “We See What We Want to See,” “Polio, Pitchforks, and Perseverance,” and “Newton Then and Now” as well as numerous other books of poetry, history, and nonfiction of local interest. Canipe is an instructor at Catawba Valley Community College and a published author of speculative fiction.

Autographed copies of each author’s books will be available for purchase.

The featured writers will be followed by an Open Mic. Registration for the Open Mic closes at 7 PM, December 11. For more information, email Scott Owens at asowen1@yahoo.com or call 828-234-4266.

Poetry Hickory is in its 12th year of monthly readings and is free and open to the public.
Tim Peeler