REFLECTIONS Book Blitz by The Pamlico Writers’ Group
With a love for poetic words and their meaning, a well-respected business owner and native of Beaufort County had a vision. He wanted others to experience and feel the powerful meaning of words. The birth of the Pamlico Writers’ Group by Jerry Cuthrell in the late 70’s has made that dream what it is today.
Since its inception, the Pamlico Writers’ Group has helped many authors achieve their dreams. Some have written and published books of their own. Others have been inspired to resurrect works long forgotten. Many have come and gone, but the Pamlico Writers’ Group stands as a beacon of hope to future writers and their dreams.
The Pamlico Writers’ Group’s mission is to help other aspiring writers accomplish their goal in writing. We achieve this through our local critique group meetings, online critique groups, and by offering as an incentive to our young people, a High School Scholarship fund. We’re honored to be a co-sponsor of the Pamlico Writers’ Conference that helps make funding possible for this scholarship. Our visions, help shape the minds of the future.
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Reflections: Images and Memories, is a collection of exemplary writing by our members and future members. The prose and poetry in this volume represent a collage of work by published authors and emerging writers. Pamlico Writers’ Group is particularly honored to include prose and poetry from high school students—young emerging writers to whom we entrust our future. Each writer whose work is included in the anthology has expertly crafted a piece around his or her own interpretation of this year’s theme—Reflections: Images and Memories. The collection is the culmination of hard work and truly affirms the group’s commitment to its mission. With this anthology, The Pamlico Writers’’ Group is proud to deliver its finest product to date.
Meet The Other Half of The Authors
Kate Ahearn, pen name: Kate Louise Wood, lives with her husband in Edenton, NC. A regular guest columnist for the Chowan Herald, she’s had work published in the 2015 and 2017 editions of Estuaries, the visual arts and literary review of College of the Albemarle. You can read her blog at KathrynLouiseWoodAuthor.blogspot.com and visit her author Facebook page at WoodlyWords. She is a member of Hampton Roads Writers, North Carolina Writers’ Network, and her local writers’ group, Wordsmiths.
Katirie Leach is a native of Tarboro, North Carolina. She moved to Washington in 1996 when she married her husband, Jim, who is a lifelong resident. She has indulged her love of writing and painting through various endeavors in the local community.
James Keen: A Pamlico Writers’’ Group member since 2008, I have served as Chairman. I have written two newspaper columns chronicling my sailing adventures: Nautical Musings, a weekly column about family adventures on the coast; and In the Loop, a bi-weekly column featuring adventures while crossing the Atlantic. My book Trinidad Express is a detailed chronicle of the 5,300-mile doublehanded South Africa to Trinidad Atlantic crossing. My ebook, Log of S/V Irish Mist chronicles my singlehanded 13-month, 6,000-mile circumnavigation of the eastern United States, an adventure named “America’s Great Loop.” Nautical Musings I and II are ebook anthologies of my newspaper articles.
Keenan Dupree, known professionally as K. Dupree, is both a writer and author. He was born in the Bronx, New York in October of 1992. Soon after, his family moved to Prince George’s County, Maryland where he was raised. He currently lives with his mother and father, Sharon and Vincent Hayes, in Greenville, North Carolina. He began as a tyro writer in the third grade, where he received the initial push to write by his teacher, Mr. Victor Turner. Dupree enjoys reading, playing videogames, watching movies, and writing. So far, he’s written one book—his first book—entitled Boy from the Clouds, and he looks forward to his many future published works.
Landis Wade is a Charlotte author and trial lawyer who starts each day walking two rescue dogs named after characters from Larry McMurtry’s classic western, Lonesome Dove.
He won the 2016 North Carolina State Bar short story contest for his story, The Deliberation and he’s the author of The Christmas Courtroom Adventure Series, a set of whimsical legal mysteries where characters who believe in Santa Claus are put on trial and the time to Christmas is running out.
Landis serves as a Board member of the Charlotte Writers’ Club and he is an active participant in CharlotteLit and the North Carolina Writers’ Network. He’s a 1979 graduate of Davidson College and a 1983 graduate of Wake Forest Law School.
When he doesn’t have a dog leash or a keyboard in his hands, he’s probably holding a fly-rod, a golf club or a cold beverage at a Carolina Panthers or Charlotte Knights game.
Linda Bledsoe was born in Henry County, Virginia in 1949 and raised in Virginia and North Carolina. She completed an RN Degree and later attended UNC at Chapel Hill, received a certificate to practice as a Family Nurse Practitioner in 1978. She moved to Nashville, Tennessee and worked in the city’s ghetto providing health care. Later she graduated with a BS in Liberal Arts from New York State University. After moving to Maryland, in 1995 she received a Master’s Degree in Applied Behavioral Science in Counseling Psychology from Johns Hopkins University.
While serving 33 years as a Nurse Practitioner she formulated public awareness programs with local judges, churches, and counselors for abused and neglected children in Rockingham County, NC and in Henry County, Virginia for addictions. She also co-founded the Ecumenical Family Life Center during the early 1980’s for counseling services for abused and neglected children in Rockingham County, NC.
She wrote and formatted a book for infertility clients, which was utilized for her teaching classes at National Naval Medical Center (NNMC) while working there. At NNMC she co-authored several research medical journal articles published in JAMA and OB-GYN.
After returning to Virginia, her childhood roots, she purchased an historic home and opened Victoria’s Hearth Bed & Breakfast.
She was recently awarded first prize at the Rockingham County Fine Arts Festival for an excerpt called “Granny Isabelle and Us” from her novel “Through the Needle’s Eye.”
Awarded honorable mention at Pamlico Writers’ Conference and Competition 2016 for non-fiction “Eighty Something.”
Lois Biggs Tetterton
Birthdate: September 25, 1940, Beaufort County, NC
Attended: Pinetown Elementary and Bath High School
Attended: Mars Hill College and graduated ECC in 1962
Taught school in Pitt County, Virginia Beach, VA, Pinetown Elementary and Bath High School. Primarily, a wife, mother, and bookkeeper for my husband’s businesses.
Married to Earl for 57 years.
Have four adult children, seven grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, and one step-great grandchild.
Have lived in the same house, built by Earl, for the past 50 years in Pinetown.
Have had no previous writing experience.
Louis Edwards, has traveled around the world and lived in many countries. His experience and love for the Lord has helped him to minister to many people. Serving as a song leader, adult Sunday School teacher, and filling in as a minister brings him great joy.
He now lives in Eastern North Carolina, with his wife Roberta of thirty-five years. He has two children and seven grandchildren.
Using the talent the Lord has given him, he has written many devotions that he uses on his blog and in church. His writing has helped and inspired many in their time of need. His greatest desire is to honor the Lord with his writing.
I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. Phil. 4:13
Marni Graff is the award-winning author of The Nora Tierney Mysteries, set in England, and The Trudy Genova Manhattan Mysteries. She writes crime book reviews at www.auntiemwrites.com, is Managing Editor of Bridle Path Press, a member of Sisters in Crime, and the NC Writer’s Network. All books available in paperback, Kindle and Audible at Amazon and Bridle Path Press. Email Marni at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Marty Silverthorne holds degrees from St. Andrews Presbyterian College and East Carolina University. He has published seven Chapbooks including his latest Holy Ghosts of Whiskey and forthcoming Naming the Scars, the 2017 longleaf press Chapbook winner. He has received several grants from the NC Arts Council and in 2015 he won the NC Poetry Society Poet Laureate Award. Marty’s poems have appeared in over 100 journals including NCLR, Tar River Poetry, St. Andrews Review and others.
Max Willis is a senior in high school attending Ayden-Grifton High School. Max plans to attend N.C. State or ECU and is wanting to graduate with a degree in business. Max is an exceptional student with a 4.4 GPA and he has many achievements. These achievements include: President of FBLA, National Honor Society, volunteering, Teen Leadership Institute, Presidential Merit award, Junior Marshall, and business owner. When Max wrote the poem “A Better Me”, he saw a movement that could actually happen. A movement of reflection and teaching oneself to reflect was the goal of the entire poem.
Natalie Pauline Valentine was born in San Jose, California, and her family now currently resides in Greenville, North Carolina. She is a senior in High School, and is currently attending UNCSA in the High School Program studying Drama. Aside from writing and acting, she is an alumnus of the Outdoor Academy and loves backpacking, rock-climbing, and canoeing. She hopes to attend college to receive her degree in acting, and go on to be a professional actress. Her dream is to perform at the Royal Shakespeare Company. She hopes to continue writing while she pursues her acting career.
Pam Desloges grew up in the mountains of New Hampshire and spent much time on the rugged coast of Maine. After retiring from a small New England college, she now lives in New Bern, NC, with her husband, Max.
Her writing has been published in “Sniff and Barkens,” “The Skinny Poetry Journal” and in the anthologies “Art Inspires Poetry” and “A Carolina Christmas.” Her poems and fiction have won awards in various competitions. She is a member of the North Carolina Writers’ Network, the Pamlico Writers’ Group, and is a founding member of the Neuse River Writers’ group.
Richard Knowles began writing after retiring, about six years ago. Since then he has been a winner in a number of writing contests. He is a two-time winner in both the Pamlico Writing Contest, and the Carteret Writers’ Contest. This year he was also a winner in the Porter Fleming Literary Competition, sponsored by the Morris Museum of Art in Augusta, Georgia. Richard’s favorite genres are nonfiction and fiction. He currently resides and writes on Harkers Island, with his wife Jill and Labradoodle Rosie.
Sherri Lupton Hollister is the recent chairperson for the Pamlico Writers’ Group. She loves everything about writing from the first glimmer of an idea to the final product. Reading, reviewing, discussing and learning about other writers and their process has helped develop her own writing. Sherri writes romantic suspense set in a small southern town. She lives with her own romantic hero, her husband of more than twenty-five years. Together they raised six sons and will soon welcome their eighteenth grandchild. Sherri hopes to publish the first book in her series, Chrome Pink this spring.
My name is Chelsea Long, I am 17 years old. I live in Winterville, North Carolina and I’m a senior at South Central High school. The poem I submitted is about my Grandmother, Mary-Margaret, who passed away the second of August 2014. She raised me from birth and had a huge impact on my life. She did everything she could alongside my mother, Cat Smith, who used to be a police officer until I was around 14, give or take a couple of years. My grandmother showed me that I could be anything. She was a firefighter, published author, painter, teacher, dancer, … anything you can think of. She inspired the poem I submitted, I hope you enjoy.
Travis Green is an aspiring novelist in the fields of horror and speculative fiction. Following in the footsteps of literary pioneers such as Ira Levin, Ray Bradbury, and Richard Matheson, his stories are most often at home in the twilight between the real world and that of the fantastic. He lives in New Bern, North Carolina, where he is currently at work on a new novel.
Michael Worthington retired after teaching college for 30 years. He now writes full-time. Usually, his pug sleeps on the recliner’s footrest while Michael types away on his laptop, and looks out the window at their Bradford ornamental pear tree, which blooms every spring.
His books are Hi/Lo (high interest/low reading difficulty) YA novellas designed to entice teenage reluctant readers, although adult readers often say that the books are easy reads for the beach or a rainy afternoon. He suggests you read Hi/Lo books and then gift them to teens. If you purchase one of his paperbacks from Amazon, you can buy a Kindle edition “Match Book” for free. Discuss the book with your teenager, chapter by chapter, to encourage them to read more.
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