Irish poet to lead workshop in Asheville

Published 12:00 am Friday, January 18, 2008

Irish poet Adrian Rice will teach a workshop Feb. 2 in Asheville at the Writers’ Workshop.
The class will be for beginning and experienced writers from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Information on shaping and polishing one’s poems will be given, and up to three poems may be brought to the class for discussion.
Rice will also give information about getting published and how to participate in local poetry readings. The class is being held at The Writers’ Workshop, 387 Beaucatcher Road, in Asheville.
Rice was born in Belfast in 1958, and earned his master’s degree in Anglo-Irish Literature at the University of Ulster. His first sequence of poems appeared in Muck Island.
His second poetry sequence, “Impediments,” also earned him widespread critical acclaim. He edited “Signals,” an anthology of poetry and prose that was a Times Educational Supplement “Paperback Choice.”
Rice has also edited five anthologies of children’s poetry, art and drama. In 1997, he received the Sir James Kilfedder Award. His first full poetry collection, “The Mason’s Tongue,” was nominated for the 2001 Irish Times Prize for Poetry.
He is the editor of Abbey Press, and teaches creative writing workshops in schools and colleges throughout Ireland.
To participate in this class, please register in advance at or mail check ($75, or $70 Workshop members) to The Writers’ Workshop, 387 Beaucatcher Road, Asheville, NC, 28805. For more information, e-mail or call 828-254-8111.
Short story writer
WINSTON-SALEM ó Reynolda House Museum of American Art presents a book talk with Kate Blackwell, author of the debut short-story collection “You Won’t Remember This” on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m., followed by a cash bar reception.
In each story, Blackwell looks at life with a direct gaze, and she writes with elegant measured tones and with beautiful, melancholy humor.
A Winston-Salem native, Blackwell is a freelance writer and teacher in Washington, D.C. Her stories have been published in multiple literary journals. In addition to writing fictional stories, she has co-authored non-fiction books, and has published several book reviews and travel articles.
Blackwell has been a fellow at the MacDowell Writer’s Colony and the Virginia Center for Creative Arts. She was a Tennessee Williams Scholar at the Sewanee Writer’s Conference.
“You Won’t Remember This,” a collection of 12 short-stories, illuminates the lives of men and women who appear unremarkable until they explode quietly on the page. Written in Southern story-telling tradition, the collection touches on such life issues as marriage, adultery, malfeasance, aging and pregnancy.
The Baton Rouge Advocate wrote, “The first thing we notice about Blackwell’s approach is that the truth does not have to be ugly to be true, shocking to deliver a punch, or manically action-packed to move swiftly. Her approach is more delicate and carries all the more weight for being so,”For information, please call 336-758-5150 or visit the Web site at Cost of the program is $8, $5 for members and students.