Cheryl Whitehead and Annie Woodford
Poets Cheryl Whitehead and Annie Woodford
Tuesday, September 10, 7pm
Join us tonight for a poetry reading and book signing to celebrate the publication of the publication of two North Carolina poets with deep roots to the region.
Annie Woodford’s first book of poetry, Bootleg (Groundhog Poetry Press, Spring 2019) draws its subject matter from the surrounding Piedmont landscape and culture, specifically the Rockingham County area of North Carolina. Former North Carolina poet laureate Joseph Bathanti praised Woodford for “language … rooted in a land she’s been informed and inspired by, that she has made wholly her province by naming it at every turn, and gazing at it season upon season with an acolyte’s steadfast devotion.”
Annie Woodford was the runner-up in the 2019 Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition, with poetry published in The Greensboro Review, One by Jacar Press, Carolina Quarterly, Appalachian Journal, and Cold Mountain Review. She has also been published in national journals, such as Prairie Schooner, The Southern Review, and The Sewanee Review and received scholarships from the Bread Loaf and Sewanee writers’ conferences. She teaches community college English in Wilkesboro, NC and lives in Boone.
Cheryl Whitehead’s first book of poetry, So Ghosts Might Stop Composing (Finishing Line Press, 2 Aug. 2019), has been described by Patricia Smith as “deftly-honed snapshots ... crafted by a teacher, stubborn in her love for those in her care; a daughter reconciling the pull and push of family, and, through it all, a restless romantic insisting on a dance to all life’s fractured and addictive music. Cheryl Whitehead does not step gingerly into this chaos–she does so resolutely, flaunting a wild and disarming talent.”
Cheryl Whitehead’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Hotel Amerika, The Southern Poetry Anthology, Crab Orchard Review, Callaloo, Measure, The Hopkins Review, Brilliant Corners, Mezzo Cammin, and other journals. She has been the recipient of grants and scholarships from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, the North Carolina Writers’ Network, the South Florida Cultural Consortium, Tigertail, and the Astraea Foundation. She has been a finalist for The Morton Marr Poetry Prize, The Unicorn Press First Book Award, The New Letters Poetry Prize and a Fine Arts Work Center Fellowship. Ms. Whitehead writes about visual art for Milieu Magazine and she teaches English at The Middle College at North Carolina A&T State University.