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Wordkeepers Salon Open for Listeners and Readers on Aug. 18 at the Ashe County Arts Council in West Jefferson


Julie Townsend, a Wordkeepers founder

Aug. 10, 2012. The next Wordkeepers salon will be held Saturday, Aug. 18, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Ashe County Arts Council in West Jefferson at 303 W. School St. At 3 p.m., prior to the 4 p.m. readings, musicians Henry Doss and Scot Pope will play their original music.

Wordkeepers is free and open to the public. Creating an opportunity for area writers to share their work via public readings, three area writers, Julie Townsend, Scot Pope and Chris Arvidson, created Wordkeepers in 2010.

Each salon features writers reading their latest works in five-minute open microphone time slots. Refreshments are provided. Writers interested in reading from their work should email Chris Arvidson at chris@chrisarvidson.com to secure their first-come, first-served spot on the bill and to receive guidelines for reading.

Coming in the Fall of 2012, Wordkeepers founders Townsend, Arvidson and Pope will launch a new book “Mountain Memoirs: An Ashe County Anthology” featuring many regular Wordkeepers readers and writers. The book may be ordered early for a discount price at mountain-memoirs.com.

Wordkeeper Bios

Julie E. Townsend is a Writing Lecturer in the Department of English at Appalachian State. She is a published short-story author who has won awards for her stories as well as a first place from the “North Carolina Working Press” for her expose on a cult. She lives in the mountains near West Jefferson. Townsend ‘s new book, Seafood Jesus, has been published by Mainstreet Rag (Copies can be purchased at www.mainstreetrag.com.).

In 1992, Scot Pope escaped the Charlotte “rat race” to live a simple, humble life in rural northwest Ashe County. He is a nature photographer (vagabond images), a musician and writer of poetry and short stories. He volunteers for the Nature Conservancy, the Ashe County Arts Council and Ashe County Farmers Market.

Chris Arvidson lives in West Jefferson. She earned an MFA in creative nonfiction from Goucher College. She is the Regional Representative for the NC Writers Network; information about the Network will be available at Wordkeepers salons and at www.ncwriters.org.