September 14, 2011
Poet Susan Lefler and nonfiction writer Jennifer McGaha will kick off the Writers at Home fall series with a reading at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, at Malaprop's Bookstore/Café, 55 Haywood St., downtown Asheville. The Writers at Home series, sponsored by UNC Asheville’s Great Smokies Writing Program, is free and open to the public.
Susan Lefler’s poems have appeared in journals including Icarus International, Appalachian Heritage, Pinesong, Asheville Poetry Review, Wind, Passager, Main St. Rag, Pembroke Review, Pisgah Review, Kakalak, and the 2011 anthology, “Women’s Spaces Women’s Places.” She is the author of “Brevard,” a photographic history (Arcadia, 2004) and was formerly managing editor of Smoky Mountain Living. Her first collection of poems, “Rendering the Bones,” was published by Wind Publications in the spring of 2011.
WNC native Jennifer McGaha writes nonfiction and literary nonfiction with an edge that is sometimes humorous or quirky but always informed by her southern Appalachian upbringing. Her work has appeared or is pending publication in Blue Mesa, Lumina, The Portland Review, Compass Rose, Slow Trains, North Carolina Literary Review, New Southerner, Wilderness House Literary Review, Smoky Mountain Living Magazine, BackHome Magazine, and many other regional and national publications. Her essay "Leanin' Back" was runner-up in the 2009 New Southerner nonfiction contest and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. McGaha teaches part-time at Brevard College, where she serves as nonfiction editor for the Pisgah Review.
For more information, about the Writers at Home series and the Great Smokies Writing Program, call the program at 828.250.2353 or visit agc.unca.edu.