— Wine maker Lisa Ezzard will be at City Lights Bookstore to present her book, “Vintage,” on Friday, Jan. 10, at 6:30 p.m. Returning to her roots on a six-generation family farm, Lisa Ezzard comes home to Tiger Mountain to become a wine maker and grower. Humbled and ruled by an ancestral love of the land and its seasons, she prunes in the winter, trains in the spring and summer, and harvests in the fall. Through Ezzard's heart and hands Dionysus comes alive in the Southeastern Appalachians of Georgia. For all those wishing to return to the land, Vintage brings to the farming life a whole new palette.
Lisa Ezzard, as a long-time poet, is a member of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers and has received grants to write at Casa Don Miguel in Patzcuaro, Mexico, and at Hambidge Art Center in the Smoky Mountains. She has taught, edited, and performed poetry in a wide variety of venues throughout California. She has published in many literary journals and anthologies, including Appalachian Heritage and The Squaw Valley Review; and from the Web: “A Global Anthology of Women's Political Poetry, and Appalachian Adventure: From Georgia to Maine - a Spectacular Journey on the Great American Trail.” After teaching language, literature and dance in California for 22 years, she returned to her family farm in the Appalachians of North Georgia to become the sixth generation on Tiger Mountain, where she grows grapes and makes wine. To reserve a copy, call City Lights Bookstore at (828)586-9499.
— Celebrate the release of “Popcorn Poems,” a collection written by Sylva resident Michael Revere on Saturday, Jan. 11, at 3 p.m. at City Lights Bookstore. Michael Revere is a writer, musician and laborer. Born in East Point, Ga., Revere is a Vietnam War era veteran, and now lives in Sylva. He has conducted poetry readings and workshops in colleges and high-school classrooms and at public venues throughout America. The author of several collections of poetry in print and on CD, his work has also been published in many periodicals, newspapers and magazines, including Images, Lunatic Fringe, The Sun, Hyperion, Waters, The Raleigh News & Observer, The Village Voice, Hard Times, The Western Carolinian, and Milestone. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in History at the University of Montana in Missoula, Mont., in 2008. His letters are archived at the Wilson Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where his personal papers have been collected since 1974. To reserve a copy of “Popcorn Poems,” call City Lights Bookstore at (828)586-9499.