Poetry & Celtic Music at McIntyre’s Books

Posted by on Jan 5, 2015 in Dance, Music, The Dancing Pen, Writing | 4 Comments
Poetry & Celtic Music at McIntyre’s Books

Come to McIntyre’s Books for a reading by three outstanding local poets and enjoy live Celtic music and dance. This year’s kickoff reading sponsored by the North Carolina Poetry Society is sure to be 2015’s most lively literary event. January 25, 2015 at 1:45pm   David Manning David Manning is the author of eight books of poetry. Twice nominated […]

Conversations Among Ruins

Posted by on Aug 14, 2014 in The Dancing Pen, Writing | No Comments
Conversations Among Ruins

I’ve just finished reading Matthew Peter’s new work of fiction, Conversations Among Ruins, that tells the story of Daniel Stavros’ struggle with the dual diagnosis of alcoholism and depression. Stavros is a university literature professor whose tenure track job, and entire life, precariously teeters between success and despair for much of the book, as he […]

Down East Girl

Posted by on Jul 31, 2014 in The Dancing Pen, Writing | No Comments
Down East Girl

Julie Davis has just released Down East Girl, a lovely book about coming of age in eastern North Carolina. The story follows Lily McIntyre, a precocious girl whose family is rumoured to be descended from pirates. Lily delights in this swashbuckling family legend and we are carried along on her girlhood adventures on Harkers Island. […]

The Brothers’ Keepers

Posted by on Jul 24, 2014 in The Dancing Pen, Writing | No Comments
The Brothers’ Keepers

Matthew Peters has just released “The Brothers’ Keepers,” the first book in the Nicholas Branson series of thrillers. “The Brothers’ Keepers” is fiction of the highest order. This thriller keeps the suspense on eleven, but only gets started there. Nick Branson is a scholarly Jesuit who packs a mean left hook. Together with the intriguing librarian […]

Musical Fantasy Giveaway

Posted by on Jul 23, 2014 in The Dancing Pen, Writing | No Comments
Musical Fantasy Giveaway

Tales from the Red Book of Tunes is a musical fantasy filled with dancing, fiddle tunes, bagpipes, murderous myths and monsters. Set in the mythical world of Hollean, it traces the development of ten fiddle tunes from their folk origins to modern times, and gives you a glimpse of the lives they’ve touched along the […]

Join me at the Haw River Ballroom

Posted by on Mar 26, 2014 in The Dancing Pen, Writing | No Comments

Dear Friends, I’ll be the featured author at Writer’s Night at the Haw River Ballroom on Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 7pm. I’ll be reading from Tales from the Red Book of Tunes. I’ll bring my mandolin and play a few tunes from the book as well. Trish Hornick will join me on the fiddle. […]

Mini Concert

Posted by on Mar 20, 2014 in Music, The Dancing Pen, Writing | 5 Comments

I sat down with Bill Leslie of WRAL to talk about traditional music and play a few tunes from my latest book. Alison and Gordon Arnold from Rip the Calico played along in the studio in Raleigh, NC. Bill Leslie is a terrific musician in his own right. He has a particular love of Scottish […]

What I Learned from the Elves

Posted by on Feb 21, 2014 in Music, The Dancing Pen, Writing | No Comments
What I Learned from the Elves

When my sons were young I used to tell them stories on the drive to school. They especially liked to hear great adventures, and our tales quickly grew in complexity to include the more elaborate plots of Camelot and Robin Hood. I don’t know how it happened, but I found myself starting to tell them […]

How to Stop Being a Serious Poet

Posted by on Feb 12, 2014 in The Dancing Pen, Writing | 2 Comments

Local Poets Struggle to Recover from Difficult Childhoods Do you suffer from poetry? Try my recipe for recovery. Alice Osborn is a terrific poet, editor, and writing coach in Raleigh, NC. She invited me to write a guest post on her blog, Write from the Inside Out, to discuss this diagnosis. I would like to hear from […]

Contra Dance & Book Release Party

Posted by on Jan 31, 2014 in Dance, Music, The Dancing Pen, Writing | One Comment

Calling by Louie Cromartie Music by Rip the Calico Location: Pleasant Green Community Center Date: March 23, 2014 Dance: 7-10pm Beginner Lesson: 6:30pm Admission: $10 Come celebrate the release of Tales from the Red Book of Tunes, the new book by author Tyler Johnson that takes you from a modern contra dance back to the murky […]