Poets Hilda Downer, Les Brown & Joyce Compton Brown

Hilda Downer is the author of three collections of poetry. Her second book, Sky Under the Roof, was a Nautilus Golden Poetry Winner. She retired from teaching English at Appalachian State University as an adjunct while also working as a psychiatric nurse. She has an MFA from Vermont College, and her love of teaching poetry has been fulfilled as a volunteer in local elementary schools. She is a longtime member of the Southern Appalachian Writers Cooperative, the Appalachian Studies Association, and the North Carolina Writers Conference. One of the most important things about her is that she grew up in Bandana of Mitchell County, NC, and has two sons—one a professional fiddler, and the other a visual artist/photographer. She lives in Sugar Grove, North Carolina.

Joyce Compton Brown is the author of two chapbooks, Bequest (Finishing Line) and Singing with Jarred Edges (Main Street Rag) as well as Standing on the Outcrop (Redhawk Publications). She has published poetry, prose, and art. A Pushcart nominee, she wins or places in an occasional contest and has published in numerous journals. After earning degrees from Appalachian State University and the University of Southern Mississippi, she taught at Gardner-Webb University for a number of years, using summer opportunities for further study in Appalachian culture, roots music, and poetry at Berea College, Hindman Institute, and Appalachian State University. She loves the history carried in music of the commonplace and spends time sketching mostly the old and decrepit. A current major focus is the interconnectedness between ancient cultures and our own times. She lives in Troutman, NC with her husband and cat.

Les Brown is a native of the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. A retired biologist, Les has poetry, art, and short stories published in journals including: Kakalak, Pinesong, Iodine, Pine Mountain Sand and Gravel, Moonshine Review, Appalachian Heritage and Now and Then. A Pushcart Nominee, Les's book of poetry, A Place Where Trees Had Names, published by Redhawk Publications, focuses on his Blue Ridge farm heritage with its serenity, and family struggles. Les lives with his poet wife and cat in Troutman, NC.

Event date: 
Sunday, November 6, 2022 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Event address: 
304 S. Elm St.
Greensboro, NC 27401