WSW Newsletter | February 7
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Spoken Word Ekphrastic Event
February 10 | 7:00-10:00p

Based on Brown Paper Bag, a photography exhibit by Owens Daniels
Unleashed Arts Gallery, 204 W 6th St (across from 6th & Vine eatery).
Free and open to the public. Questions? Contact

View Owens Daniels’ work exploring “colorism,” find inspiration, and write poetry or prose. Come and read your creative response on February 10th. Or just come and listen to local poets, writers and musicians.

Art's highest calling is "to create". Daniels’ images create a realm for greater understanding of how humans perceive one another, and the implications. Let these images take you to a place you haven't been, and generate a conversation you've never had.

For an excellent in-depth perspective (W-S Journal Relish magazine Jan 28, 2017), click HERE
To view the Brown Paper Bag images and learn more about Owens Daniels, click HERE


Artistic Freedom:
Keith Flynn Master Class
in Poetry

February 18 | 9:00a-12:00p

Location: R J Reynolds High School Library, 301 N Hawthorne Rd, Winston Salem

Cost: $20 members, $40 nonmembers (cash or check only, upon arrival)

To register, email . You will receive seating confirmation and poetry submission instructions

Participants are invited to send two poems in advance, for analysis by the class, and at least twenty copies of each poem. Any work deemed exemplary will be considered for publication in The Asheville Poetry Review. This class will benefit both the novice and the sophisticated craftsman.

How do we define freedom as an author? What are our responsibilities? Is freedom achieved through discipline, adherence to a set of aesthetic principles, or is freedom gained through subject matter? Are we compelled to be political beings, or does that lead to dogma, or worse, demagoguery, hyperbole, cant? Is satire acceptable, or do we define freedom by experimentation, the loss of expectation, the abandonment of propriety?

All these concepts will be discussed, as well as writing prompts to jumpstart new writing, condensation as the final frontier for the poet, who must constantly sharpen their axe as editors, building the poem from the best word choice and sentences available.

This workshop will take the ambiguity out of the process, illustrating how every poem is built one choice, one word, or one image at a time, and still resonate with the mystery inherent in all of our best writing.


Keith Flynn ( is the award-winning author of seven books, including five collections of poetry: The Talking Drum (1991), The Book of Monsters (1994), The Lost Sea (2000), The Golden Ratio (Iris Press, 2007), Colony Collapse Disorder (Wings Press, 2013), and a collection of essays, entitled The Rhythm Method, Razzmatazz and Memory: How To Make Your Poetry Swing (Writer's Digest Books, 2007). His latest book is a collaboration with photographer Charter Weeks, entitled Prosperity Gospel: Portraits of the Great Recession. From 1984-1999, he was lyricist and lead singer for the nationally acclaimed rock band, The Crystal Zoo, which produced three albums: Swimming Through Lake Eerie (1992), Pouch (1996), and the spoken-word and music compilation, Nervous Splendor (2003). He is currently touring with a supporting combo, The Holy Men, whose album, LIVE at Diana Wortham Theatre, was released in 2011. His award-winning poetry and essays have appeared in many journals and anthologies around the world, including The American Literary Review, The Colorado Review, Poetry Wales, The Cuirt Journal (Ireland), Takahe (New Zealand), Poetry East, The Southern Poetry Anthology, Margie, The Cimarron Review, Rattle, Shenandoah, Word and Witness: 100 Years of NC Poetry, Crazyhorse, and many others. He has been awarded the Sandburg Prize for poetry, a 2013 NC Literary Fellowship, the ASCAP Emerging Songwriter Prize, the Paumanok Poetry Award and was twice named the Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet for NC. Flynn is founder and managing editor of The Asheville Poetry Review, which began publishing in 1994. For more information, please visit:

After lunch on your own, return for Poetry In Plain Sight, Live! reading in the afternoon. Keith Flynn will join many other NC poets reading their poems chosen for display. See details below.

Open Mic Night
Tuesday, February 7 | 7:00
Come share your writing at our popular Open Mic event. See complete rules on our website, the primary one being: 5-minute maximum. Reading begins at 7PM (sign-up to read 30 min. prior)

Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts
251 Spruce St. North


Poetry In Plain Sight, Live! 
Saturday, February 18 | 2:00-4:00p
R J Reynolds High School LIBRARY,
301 N Hawthorne Rd, Winston Salem

Join Winston--Salem Writers for ‘Poetry in Plain Sight, Live! reading event featuring poets from the Winter season. Poets attending will read their poem chosen for public display, as well as other works. Keith Flynn, Terri Kirby Erickson, Cal Nordt, Helen Losse, Jenny Bates, C. G. Thompson, Robyn Campbell, Jordan Makant, Michael Gaspeny, Sam Love, Maura Way, and Kat Bodrie are among those invited to attend.

This live reading is free and open to the public. Book and poetry poster sales will be available. Don’t miss this chance to mingle among North Carolina poets from across our state who support our efforts to put ‘Poetry in Plain Sight.’ 
We thank our sponsors for Winter season: Second Harvest Food Bank and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

Writers Night Out
Friday, February 24 | 6:30-10:00p
Bring a dish to share and join us for a fine night of writing and friendship. 
Contact Coordinator Sheila Englehart ( for this month's location.

The Word Is Out
Tuesday, February 28 | 7:00p
Word Is Out! will be held Tuesday, February 28 at 7PM (the last Tuesday each month) at the Southside Branch Library Auditorium, 3185 Buchanan St, Winston Salem.

Board Meeting
Monday, March 6 | 7:00p
The next WSW Board meeting will be in the Milton Rhodes Center conference room at 7:00.
All members are welcome to attend. 
The Board of Directors for Winston-Salem Writers last met on January 2, 2017 and discussed:
  • The new “1st Tuesday” schedule has started for Open Mic. 
  • Our 2017 Programs kick-off on January 14th with Personal Essay by Lee Zacharias followed by Charlie Lovett’s  January 21st talk on character and setting development in the world of fiction and wraps up with Pamela Kirkland’s craft development through critique  on January 28th.  All programs begin at 10:00 a.m. in the conference room of MRC.  Coffee and juice will be offered and pastries may be purchased at Coffee Park.  
  • March 1 is the opening date for submissions to the 2017 Flying South contest. Information will be available at the January and February workshops as well as on the WSW website. 
If you have comments or questions about any of these items, you may email board secretary Angell Caudill at

There are openings in our established fiction groups. Regarding new groups, leadership is in place for a fiction group. If you are interested in a children’s genre group, let us know — we are seeking a coordinator and members to populate it.
Starting and maintaining a new group is not difficult. Group members determine the logistics and location. It’s a great opportunity to form a group that fits your schedule.
Please contact to express interest in any of these areas. 


Open for Entries: January 1-April 15
April 15, 2017
Entry Fee: $15 
Award: $1,000 plus publication in Prime Number Magazine
Winner Announced: No later than July 1, 2017
Finalists: A list of nine finalists will be listed in Prime Number Magazine (Prime Number Magazine is a Press 53 publication)

Final Judges:
Poetry: Rebecca Foust, author of Paradise Drive, winner of the 2015 Press 53 Award for Poetry
Short Fiction: David Jauss, author of Glossolalia: New & Selected Stories

Greensboro Review
Call for submissions. Deadline Feb 15 for consideration for the Fall issue. Submit 3-5 poems of any length or up to 7,500 words of fiction. No previously published works or works accepted for publication elsewhere. Click HERE for more information. 

Quarterly Horse
Seeking brief essays on American culture. They believe that creativity has a place in academic discourse, and that the lyric essay and the scholarly essay should be friends. Submission guidelines, click HERE

Sam Barbee recommends Submishmash Weekly, a human-curated newsletter bringing news and opportunities in publishing and other creative industries to artists, filmmakers, and writers. New readers can subscribe here. (Wow. It’s nice to know humans still curate stuff.)

Coming Summer 2017
ConGregate 4 / DeepSouthCon 55, a sci-fi and fantasy convention will be held in High Point, NC, summer 2017. Featuring Michael A. Stackpole and Timothy Zahn leading nine writing seminars including: Finding The Story, 101 Ideas in an Hour, Worldbuilding 101, 21 Days To A Novel, Characterization, Okay I've Got My Idea…, Advanced Characterization, Plotting, and Winning with Serial Fiction.

Cost is convention membership, plus $75.00 for the entire series (early registration), or $10 per session at the door. Space is limited. More info HERE.

 Questions? Email

Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition
March 1, 2017
Entry Fee: $10 (members) / $15 (non-members)
Award: $200 and publication

The Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition accepts one-poem submissions. The contest awards the winner $200 and publication in storySouth. Facilitated by the MFA in Creative Writing Program at UNCG; sponsored by the North Carolina Writers' Network. Click HERE for more information. 

Camel City Dispatch
Camel City Dispatch is welcoming submissions from members of Winston-Salem Writers. One of our members will be featured each week in their Thursday edition. They are looking for poetry, short fiction and, for the first time, essays on any topic, and they’re accepting previously published work if you provide the appropriate acknowledgement.

Guidelines: 3 pages or 1500 words (whichever comes first). Your language and subject should be appropriate for a family publication.

Send your best writing to Carol Roan at, along with a short bio and a headshot or photo of yourself. 


Great News!
Fright Mare: Women Write Horror, an anthology in which Mary Ann Peden-Coviello has a story, "One Hour Before the Dark," is on the short-list for the Bram Stoker Award for Best Anthology of 2016. This is the last step before an actual nomination. Mary Ann also placed a story, "Daddy's Little Girl," with Siren's Call Magazine. It will appear in the February issue of the magazine. Great news, Mary Anne!

Rick Jordan says, “I got word that two of my poems, "Lego Man" and "They Were Gay" are to be published by Pour Vida in their Winter 2017 issue.” Congratulations, Rick!

Note: Rick and Mary-Ann both participated in the Writing Resolutions Craft Development workshops last month. We can’t take credit for their success, but let’s hope it’s contagious.

If you are a member of Winston Salem Writers, have published a book and would like to post it on our “Members Books” page, send a digital file of the cover art and a link for purchase to We hope to redesign that page this year, making the covers and authors more accessible and visible.


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