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New art by Clint Hardin will be on display in the Meeting Room of the Macon County Public Library during the month of February.

Artist Clint Hardin was born and raised in Canton, N.C. He received a degree in studio art from UNC and has worked as a graphic designer and press operator at Western Carolina University for the past decade.

Hardin is currently a board member for the Jackson County Arts Council. His artwork has appeared in galleries across North Carolina and has been used in television programs, for book covers, and as interior book illustrations. He lives in Clyde with his wife and two children.

For a guide to the pieces in this display, visit

John Lane will visit City Lights Bookstore to read from his new poetry collection on Saturday, Jan. 31, at 6:30 p.m. “The Old Rob Poems” from New Native Press is a collection featuring a character loosely based on a mountain neighbor of Lane’s. It is the poetic telling of a man transitioning from old mountain ways into the modern world.

Lane is the author of more than a dozen books of poetry and prose. “His Abandoned Quarry: New & Selected Poems” was released by Mercer University Press in Macon, Ga., in 2012. The book includes much of Lane’s published poetry over the past 30 years, plus a selection of new poems. “Abandoned Quarry” won the SIBA (Southeastern Independent Booksellers Alliance) Poetry Book of the Year prize. Several of his latest prose books are “My Paddle to the Sea,” published by The University of Georgia Press, and “Begin With Rock, End With Water” from Mercer University Press. He teaches environmental studies at Wofford College and lives in Spartanburg, S.C.

To reserve copies of his books, call City Lights Bookstore at (828)586-9499.

A recently published chapbook of poetry titled “Marks of the Witch” by Catherine Carter, associate professor of English at Western Carolina University, explores topics ranging from time and feeling inadequate to getting gnawed on by crickets.

The 20-page book of poems won the 2014 Jacar Press Chapbook Contest and is now available from Jacar Press, an independent publisher of full-length collections, chapbooks, anthologies and limited edition collectible book art.

Kathryn Stripling Byer, a former poetin- residence at WCU and former N.C. poet laureate said Carter’s poems come close to English author Stephen Spender’s description of poetry as “enchanted utterance.”

“Call it enchantment or call it witchery, the poetry in Carter’s ‘Marks of the Witch’ creates through its incantatory rhythms and startling imagery a voice that reveals nothing less than the mystery residing in even the most ordinary detail of our daily lives,” said Byer in praise for the book shared by Jacar Press.


The award-winning creative team from Western Carolina University that has done everything from destroying the world with a production of “War of the Worlds” to capturing the spirit of broadcasts from the Cotton Club with their “golden age of radio” re-creations has announced its selection for 2015.

The group will present “Robin Hood – The Legacy” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $10 and proceeds fund scholarships in participating academic departments.


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