Project Thank-A-Dancer

Posted by on Nov 23, 2015 in Dance, The Dancing Pen | 4 Comments
Project Thank-A-Dancer

Is there someone in your contra dance community that has had a big impact on your life? This is your chance to raise that person up. Perhaps there is someone who showed you kindness at a time when the world was not being particularly kind to you. Perhaps you know someone who has quietly been […]

Collard Greens

Posted by on Nov 18, 2015 in Musings, The Dancing Pen | No Comments
Collard Greens

I am consistently asked to bring collard greens to family gatherings because folks seem to like the way I prepare them. So I am sharing the secret with you. Let me know how it works out. 2 bunches of collard greens 6 cloves garlic 1 yellow onion 3 T of olive oil 1/3 c of soy sauce […]

Voicings: Alice Osborn

Posted by on Sep 2, 2015 in The Dancing Pen, Voicings | No Comments
Voicings: Alice Osborn

“The theme is being an other in a place where a lot of people don’t understand you.” This is what Alice Osborn has to say about her new book, “Heroes without Capes,” which features poems written from the perspective of various misunderstood heroes, including Darth Vader and Bruce the Shark. That these heroes can share their hopes […]

Mr. Hutchins

Posted by on Jun 29, 2015 in Poems, The Dancing Pen | No Comments
Mr. Hutchins

I never knew a middle class black family until I went to college. Instead, this was my reality growing up in rural Virginia. Mr. Hutchins I sat at the kitchen table drawing with my fat pencil as my grandmother hummed and patted out dough for fried apple pies. This far out in the country you […]

Voicings: Celisa Steele

Posted by on Jun 10, 2015 in The Dancing Pen, Voicings | No Comments
Voicings: Celisa Steele

“If a new poet has to get just one thing right it’s learning to listen to herself,” says Carrboro Poet Laureate Celisa Steele. I asked her about being commissioned to write a poem for a public event. “Occasional poems are difficult,” she said. Watch the interview to hear her enlightening perspective on the inverted nature of that activity. Steele’s […]

Why Men Fish

Posted by on May 4, 2015 in Poems, The Dancing Pen | One Comment
Why Men Fish

Fishing is the great metaphor. It is about being small and insignificant. About being lifted and lowered in your little boat by the mysterious depths. I used to fish on sunny days after school. I would shrug off my books filled with histories and sciences and maths, and grab my pole and box of lures, […]

Voicings: Nora Gaskin

Posted by on Apr 13, 2015 in The Dancing Pen, Voicings | 2 Comments
Voicings: Nora Gaskin

“I like to let the characters have their say, even with a plot line that involves murder and mayhem.” So says Nora Gaskin, author of Until Proven and Time of Death. In these books Gaskin explores the story of two young North Carolina women killed in their homes forty years apart. Until Proven is a fictional […]

The Idea of a Garden

Posted by on Apr 9, 2015 in Poems, The Dancing Pen | One Comment
The Idea of a Garden

My beans are up, raising their sleepy genius heads out of the cracked soil. Before it was a garden this little plot was my driveway. I take pride in coming up with the idea to make better use of it. It wasn’t until the conversion from driveway to garden was complete that it started to […]

Poetry on Your Plate

Posted by on Mar 27, 2015 in The Dancing Pen | No Comments
Poetry on Your Plate

Have dinner with three poets at Poetry on Your Plate. You order dinner from one of the many excellent local Carrboro restaurants and bring it over to the Century Center. You’ll get to hear each poet read and share in Carrboro’s wonderful literary community. Thursday, April 16, 2015 6:30PM – 8:30PM Carrboro Century Center Susan Adler George Susan Adler […]

Voicings: Danny Gotham

Posted by on Mar 19, 2015 in Music, The Dancing Pen, Voicings | No Comments
Voicings: Danny Gotham

“Dangerous.” That’s how Danny Gotham describes performing live. And he should know, having been on stage with some of the best singers and musicians in the business. Gotham’s newest album is called “Repast” and it draws on many of those singers and musicians to create a generous feast of songs. I sat down with Danny recently to hear his […]