Hickory – June 14 will mark the 176th Poetry Hickory event since the series began in 2007, and the featured reader this month will be the first ever featured reader from 15 years ago, local poet, Tim Peeler.Poetry Hickory

Peeler is a retired educator from Western North Carolina. His twenty-one books include “L2”, a poetry novel, “Wild in the Strike Zone”, baseball poems, and “Checking Out”, a book of poems about his time in the hotel business. More recently, he has collaborated with Appalachian photographer Clayton Joe Young on a series of illustrated poetry narratives that include “West of Mercy” and “First Season.”

The reading will be held at Taste Full Beans Coffeehouse at 6:30, and Peeler’s reading will be followed by an Open Mic. For more information or to register for the Open Mic, contact Scott Owens, at asowens1@yahoo.com or 828-234-4266.