Julie Murphy interviews award winning poet Nickole Brown. Nickole reads from her stellar chapbook The Donkey Elegies and speaks passionately about donkeys, language and what is holy. If you haven’t heard Nickole read, you’re in for a real treat!
Nickole Brown teaches at the Sewanee School of Letters MFA Program and the Great Smokies Writing Program at UNCA. She lives with her wife, poet Jessica Jacobs, in Asheville, NC, where she periodically volunteers at several different animal sanctuaries. A chapbook of called To Those Who Were Our First Gods won the 2018 Rattle Chapbook Prize, and a long sequence called The Donkey Elegies was published as a chapbook by Sibling Rivalry Press in 2020.
Julia Chiapella interviews this year’s county contestants in the Poetry Out Loud competition. Hear our local high school students’ experiences and listen to the poems they selected to be recited at the event.
Listen to Vanessa Angélica Villareal read from her poems and talk deeply and passionately about the development of her book Beast Meridian. We were moved by her rigorous, precise, and poetic mind and we know you will be too. If you’ve already read Beast Meridian, you will love hearing Villareal dive into portions of it. If you haven’t yet, you’re going to want to.