New Book! Appearances and Readings
DRIVING WITH THE DEAD
The new poetry book is here! Driving with the Dead is available from the University Press of Kentucky. The book is now available on Barnes and Noble and on Amazon. Also ready for Nook and Kindle! Locally, look for the book at Mr. K's Johnson City, Barnes & Noble, Johnson City, I Love Books, Kingsport, and The Merc at Emory & Henry College.
Contact Jane for signed copies.
Praise for Driving With the Dead:
"In an interview, the late Seamus Heaney once spoke of how the voices in his poems rose up from the ground on which he stood. So it is with Jane Hicks's poems in her new collection. They come together in 'Summer Rain' as a 'pooling of memory,' Even the ancient oaks have voices in this poem, and why shouldn't they? They are ancestors, too. Hicks's poems gather up the stories of family, those lost in war, a child killed by a boulder from an illegal strip mine, even the Opry's pickers and singers. Around them the mountains 'hold the sky where it belongs.' They hold these poems where they belong, as well, the bedrock of Hicks's language and vision." -- Kathryn Stripling Byer, former North Carolina poet laureate
"Hicks knows the idiom and flavor (and humor) of the mountains... This is a strong collection whose vitality derives from its crisp and particular language, its ample detail, its sense of perspective and wholeness, ultimately its artful rendering of experience that are authentically and memorably human. [These poems] are an appreciation of the sorrows and complexity of life not only in Appalachia, but anywhere." -- Richard Taylor, former Kentucky poet laureate
Bristol Public Library: April 13, 2014 2:00. Jane will read along with friends, Janice Hornburg and Gretchen McCroskey to celebrate National Poetry Month.
Down Home Pickin' Parlor: July 14, 7:00. Jane will read with poets, Hilda Downer and Melody Davis. Hear previews from the new book, due out any minute!
Morris Book Shop: Lexington, Ky August 10, 2:00. First public reading for Driving with the Dead, along with George Ella Lyon, who wrote the introduction.
WDVX Radio, Tennessee Shines: August 25 , 7:00-8:30. Jane will have a short guest spot. Bonus! Musical guest is Jim Lauderdale. Live and streaming. http://wdvx.com
Union Avenue Books: Knoxville, TN, September 6, 2:00. A wonderful bookstore! http://unionavebooks.com
Southern Festival of Books: Nashville, TN, October 10-12. I will be on a panel at 3:00-4:00 on Friday, Ocotber 10, with Bill Brown.
Mountain Makins Festival:Morristown, TN, October 25-26.
Malaprops Bookstore: Ashville, NC. November 2, 3:00. Poetrio, three poets at three o'clock. Check out the website. http://malaprops.com
Tales of the Lonesome Pine: Big Stone Gap, VA, November 8. Featuring writers from SAWC (Southern Applalchian Writers Cooperative). More details to follow.
Kentucky Book Fair: Frankfurt, Kentucky, November 15. http://kybookfair.blogsport.com
City Lights Bookstore: Sylva, NC. November 20, 10:00. Coffee with the Poet. http://citylightsnc.com
Check City Lights website for a podcast of this event.
The Mildred Haun Conference: Walters State Community College, Morristown, TN. February 6-7.
Appalachian Studies Association: East Tennessee State University, March 27-29. Panel on Saturday 28, and signing at the University Perss of Kentucky booth on Saturday at 5:00-6:00 p.m. DP Culp Center.
Jack Higgs Reading Series: East Tennessee State University, Ball Hall Auditorium, April 8, 7:30-9:00 p.m. Honoring Dr. Jack Higgs, with Rita Quillen.
Berea College: Community writing wrokshop. April 16. 6:30-8:30.
Appalachian Writers Series: Historic, Rugby,TN, April 25, 6:30. Celebrating National Poetry Month.
Mountain Heritage Literary Festival: Lincoln Memorial University Harrogate, TN. June 12-14. Jane will be leading a poetryworkshop.
The schedule is evolving by the minute. Check back often.