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New poetry; share a little Christmas

Robert Abbate, an English instructor at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College (RCCC), has published a full-length poetry collection titled, “Courage of Straw.”
“Courage of Straw” is scheduled for release in March and is available for advanced order through Main Street Rag Publishing Co., www.mainstreetrag.com/store/ComingSoon.php. The book’s cover price is $14, or $9 plus shipping though advanced order.
Abbate teaches English composition and philosophy at RCCC. His most significant recognition in poetry came in 1982, when five of his poems were selected for the Katey Lehman Creative Writing Awards at Penn State University. His poems have appeared in such journals as “Alehouse,” “Ruah,” “Sanskrit,” “Iodine,” “Main Street Rag” and “Kakalak: An Anthology of Carolina Poets.”
Abbate was a founding editor of “Ruah” in 1990, a poetry journal of spirituality at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, Calif. His first full-length poetry manuscript, “Reed Sweep,” was a finalist for the Bright Hill Press Poetry Book Contest in 2005 and for the John Ciardi Poetry Prize from BkMk Press in 2006.
Abbate’s poem “Tishbite Pottery Fragments” was a finalist for the 2007 James Hearst Poetry Award from the “North American Review.” He composed and delivered the commemorative poem at the inauguration of Carol S. Spalding as RCCC’s third president last May.
Abbate earned a bachelor’s degree from Penn State University and a master’s degree in education at the University of San Francisco. He also holds a master’s degree in English composition and rhetoric from UNC Charlotte. He and his family live in Concord.
For more information about Abbate’s book, “Courage of Straw,” (ISBN: 978-1-59948-235-4), see the Main Street Rag Publishing Co., Web site at www.mainstreetrag.com/store/ComingSoon.php.
Favorite books for Christmas
What was your favorite book to read at Christmas time?
Was it “A Christmas Carol”? Or maybe ” ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.” Was it “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”?
We’d like to hear about your favorite books, ones from childhood or ones you’ve come across as an adult. There are hundreds and hundreds out there, from Max Lucado’s collections to mysteries set during Christmas to real tear jerkers.
E-mail us your favorites and tell us a little bit about them. We’ll publish a list later this month.
E-mail dp1@salisburypost.com.

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