Charlotte Writers' Club


Volume 19 Issue 10

June 2013



As we head into our annual summer break, it is important to recognize our outgoing Board members and welcome a dynamic new leadership team for our programs and activities next year.  When you see these people, please thank them for their willingness to serve and give them your ideas for new events or activities CWC might undertake.  Have a great summer!

The CWC Leadership Team for 2013-14
At the May 21 meeting, the membership elected a new Board with the following leaders:
President - Gina Carroll Howard
Vice President - Matthew Calloway
Past President - David Radavich
Secretary - Alica Laurido
Treasurer - Chuck Lindblom
Programming Chairs - Bridgett Bell Langson & Gary Powell Contest Chairs - Blair Peery, Helen Kimbrogh, & Eddie Bell Membership Chairs - Mary Struble Deery & Gary Martin Newsletter Editor - Rebecca Vincent
Webmaster - Erin Ryan
CWC-North Liaison - Tasha Steimer
Meeting Coordinator -Charles Israel
Critique Groups Coordinators - Lorraine Fico-White & Sandra Niedzialek
Publicity Chair - Ron Berry
Feel free to contact these Board members with your ideas and concerns.
Special thanks to Board members who have served the Club ably and have rotated off this year: Kim Boykin, Carol Jordan, Jerry Landry, & Kristin Sherman.  Thank you for your dedicated service! 
"Shaping the Poem" Workshop


David Radavich will lead a workshop called "Shaping the Poem" on Saturday, June 22, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Providence United Methodist Church, 2810 Providence Road, in Charlotte. The workshop will focus on: 1) the tempo of the poem; 2) the breath of the poem; 3) the shape of the poem; and 4) the harmony of the poem. Participants will examine poems by past masters and do a couple exercises to explore possibilities available to the contemporary poet.


Radavich's recent poetry collections are America Bound: An Epic for Our Time (2007), Canonicals: Love's Hours (2009), and Middle-East Mezze (2011).  His plays have been performed across the U.S., including six Off-Off-Broadway, and in Europe.  His new collection, The Countries We Live In, will be issued later this year.


Cost is $25 for Charlotte Writers' Club members, $35 for non-members. Email to register.  Pay the workshop fee by mailing in a check or by going to the CWC Web site,, and clicking on the Donate button to your left and indicating you will attend the workshop as a member or non-member.


Poetry Workshop with Joseph Bathanti


CWC-North is happy to present a poetry workshop with Joseph Bathanti, North Carolina Poet Laureate, on Sunday, September 22. The workshop will be held from 1-4 p.m. at the Friends Meeting House, 625 South Street in Davidson. Space is limited to 20; registration is required.  Keep an eye out on the CWC website for further details.  That same evening a reading and reception will begin at 7 p.m. at Saint Alban's Episcopal Church, 301 Caldwell Lane, in Davidson. The evening event is free and open to the public.


Bathanti's books of poetry include Concertina (forthcoming 2013), Sonnets of the Cross, (2013), This Metal (1996 & 2012), Restoring Sacred Art (2010), Land of Amnesia (2009), Anson County (1989 & 2005), The Feast of All Saints (1994), and Communion Partners (1986).  He has published two novels, Coventry (2006) and East Liberty (2001), along with a book of short stories, The High Heart (2007).   


We welcome writers in all genres and forms to join our Charlotte-area literary community.  Your membership in the Charlotte Writers' Club helps support writers, readers, and literacy at a critical time in our nation's and our city's history. Dues are $30 for individuals, $40 for couples, $20 for students, and $100 for patrons. You can pay on-line at or send a check to the Charlotte Writers' Club, P.O. Box 220954, Charlotte, NC 28222. Thank you for your support!  
In This Issue
CWC Leadership Team
Poetry Workshop
Bathanti Workshop
2013 Calendar of Events

Calendar of Events


"Shaping the Poem" Workshop with David Radavich

Providence United Methodist Church

Saturday, June 22,

10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

2810 Providence Road

Charlotte, NC 28211 

CWC Charlotte

Sept. 17, 2013, 7 p.m.

Queens University Conference Center 2229 Tyvola Road 

Janice Holly Booth, author of Only Pack What You Can Carry, will read and discuss her work.     

Click here for map.  




Sept. 22, 1-4 p.m.  

Friends Meeting House

625 South Street

Davidson, NC

Poetry Workshop with Joseph Bathanti, Poet Laureate of North Carolina.



Sept. 22, 7 p.m.

Saint Alban's Episcopal Church

301 Caldwell Lane

Davidson, NC

A reading and reception with NC Poet Laureate, Joseph Bathanti.  





Congratulations to the winners of the Dean Ritch Lomax Poetry Prize: Justin Hunt (First Prize), Richard Allen Taylor (Second Prize), Justin Hunt (Third Prize),  and Justin Hunt, Geoffrey Martineau, and Richard G. Sharp, Honorable Mentions (listed in alphabetical order). 


Congratulations to Derryl Berry, winner of our first-ever Wildacres Writing Workshop Raffle!  Derryl wins a week of retreat to think and write in the North Carolina mountains from June 30-July 6. 
Thanks to Kim Boykin for arranging the raffle and especially to Judi Hill, Executive Director of WWW.  For further information about opportunities for individual writers and groups in this edenic setting, go to
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