A Well-Loved Poet and Gatherer of People

When I moved to Laurinburg, North Carolina, in June to teach at St. Andrews University, one of the first people I met was Ronald H. Bayes read more

Slow Irony, Sure Wit

Slow Irony¬†seeks to link the pleasures of humorous insight with a commitment to “go local” in matters key to a community.

Forty-two years ago, at a weekend retreat held at St. Andrews Presbyterian College, read more

Crocuses, UConn, and Derek Jeter

Typically around this time of year crocuses incite a gasp of delight, and they did again this year — just a few days ago in the backyard of the rented house to which I moved a few months ago and the next day, more robust ones, read more

Onset of Spring?

Most of this post — Robin Robertson’s poem, the photographs taken in November in Frenchtown, NJ — was compiled in a moment of late November pause, read more

Waiting Ahead


Amy Bagwell is a force for poetry in public spaces in Charlotte, NC. Spurred first by her love of poetry and her passion that it be out there for everyone to read read more



Leighton B. McKeithen, Jr.
March 12, 1925 – May 8, 2013

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Southern Literary Festival

Each season brings a new pace. Spring carries particular anticipation — if only a momentary perspective, read more

There I was told:

In a bookstore on Broadway, behind towering stacks that bring to mind bookstores past (and some present) and in front of a large clear window, read more