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Poet Jeffery Beam is the author of over 25 works of poetry including three CDs. His work has been hailed for its "transcendent, lush beauty, its minimal sacrament, simplicity and physicality" that fuses the physical and spiritual worlds, creating a conversation between the natural world, the body, and the spirit. Jonathan Williams once said, “When you hear a Jeffery Beam performance of his work, expect the hair on your neck to stand up. [He] comes out of that Southern country-evangelical background that has been producing a crop of writers [such as] Dorothy Allison, Cormac McCarthy, Jim Grimsley, Max Childers and Lee Smith.” A celebrated collaborator, a number of composers have written and continue to write with his poems.


“I’ve always been fascinated by trains. My grandfather hopped trains all over the country in his ”hobo days” and filled my head with curious stories of America’s lost past. Those stories, I suppose, were the beginnings of my first novel.”

Nine Pound Hammer



“In the writing of Hal Crowther, lyrical language joins wit and frankness, and the South – with all its burdens, curiosties, and promises – comes vividly into view.”

Gather at the River
Cathedrals of Kudzu
Unarmed but Dangerous




Jim Carpenter is a local clinical psychologist, parapsychologist and author. Here is what six different reviewers have said about First Sight: ESP and Parapsychology in Everyday Life: “. . . It’s an absolute treasure trove of insights,” “. . . the ideas are clearly and elegantly expressed,” “In fact nothing I can say here will really do justice to it. I’d rate it along with Irreducible Mind as a major contribution to the field,” “. . . the book is so far ahead of its time,” “Overall, the theory constitutes a transformational contribution to both psi research and the psychology of consciousness. . . “ “an intellectual tour de force that deserves a place in the pantheon of groundbreaking scientific works. . . “



The Maytrees (novel);
Pilgrim at Tinker Creek (Pulitzer)
Holy the Firm;
For the Time Being (nonfiction narratives);
An American Childhood




Opening on the dawn of the new frontier and encompassing the pivotal events of the 1960's: the assassinations, the war, the protests at home, LOVE AND WAR is a coming of age story, a love story, an American tragedy still echoing in the headlines of today. In its exploration of PTSD, it is the story of war and its aftermath when the warriors come home.



Allan Gurganus, a native North Carolinian, moved from Manhattan to Hillsborough in 1992. He considers this Bird Sanctuary the ideal roost for writers.

Gurganus is at work on his new novel, second volume in the Falls Trilogy that began with "Widow": "The Erotic History of a Southern Baptist Church."

Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All
Plays Well with Other
White People
The Practical Heart



Authors/adventurers, Ed and Janet Howle’s most recent adventure was to participate in the around-the-world car rally crossing three continents and covering 14,000 miles. This event was based on the Great Race of 1908. They were one of only four teams that completed the entire route that went west across the US, China, Kazakhstan, Russia, and eight countries in Europe to end at the Eiffel Tower .

Their award winning novel, named by Kirkus Reviews as “Best in 2011”, is aptly titled The Long Road to Paris. The book is half reality-based suspense and half convoluted love story and features a 1967 VW Beetle which is outwardly identical to the car they drove on their rally. However, the novel includes international espionage and suspense at a level they claim they did not experience. It is based on their rally experiences, travels in Asia, and years of living in Paris. In addition, Ed and Janet are avid ocean sailors and parents of six children. At this point in their lives, they divide their time between their home in North Carolina and travel.



Feb 1818 – May 1907

Dressmaker and confidante of Mary Todd Lincoln and enslaved in the Burwell Household.

Behind the Scenes Or, Thirty Years a Slave and Four Years in the White House


Jennifer, an Occupational Therapist working with children with special needs and teaching children's yoga was inspired by her muse (her daughter, Jordana) to write books of substance emphasizing values that she wants to impart to children. Jennifer lives in Hillsborough, North Carolina with her wonderful husband, Harvey, and radiant 5 year old daughter, Jordana.


JAMES MAXEY lives in Hillsborough, NC with his lovely bride Cheryl and a clowder of unruly cats. His novels include the superhero tales Nobody Gets the Girl and Burn Baby Burn, and the Dragon Age trilogy of Bitterwood, Dragonforge, and Dragonseed. His latest fantasy series is an enthusiastic blend of the superhero and fantasy genres into the multi-book epic of the Dragon Apocalypse, beginning with Greatshadow in January 2012, followed by Hush in July 2012, and Witchbreaker in January 2013.

Maxey’s short fiction has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies. His short story “Empire of Dreams and Miracles” was a Phobos Award winner, and his ghost tale “Silent as Dust” was included in the Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy 2009 edition. These stories and others appear in his short story collection There is No Wheel.


American author and television writer.

Delectable Mountains
Dingley Falls
Handling Sin
Uncivil Seasons
Time’s Witness
First Lady
Red Clay, Blue Cadillac
The last Noel
The Killing Club


A national, best-selling, award-winning author of 13 romance novels and the literary drama, RESTED WATERS.

A consummate story-teller, she likens writing to breathing and believes she would cease to exist if she did not write.


Dec 6, 1949 - July 10, 2007

Pulitzer prize winning cartoonist and author of novels, the Bridge, and Magic Time. His editorial cartoons and Kudzu were syndicated in newspapers worldwide.

Rev. Linda Foster Momsen, a United Methodist pastor who retired to Hillsborough from Chicago wrote WHAT I DIDN'T KNOW THEN: A WOMAN'S JOURNEY OF FAITH, FEMINISM, AND FAMILY. Called to the ministry as a teenager in the early 1960s, Linda was told by her pastor that she had misunderstood God’s message, since women should not be pastors. Her options, she was told, were to marry a minister or become a missionary!

Her book traces the women's cultural revolution of the 1970s, the challenges facing working couples as they negotiated a changing view of marriage and parenting, the pioneering work that Foster Momsen did to break down barriers, leading toward greater acceptance of
women as clergy, the issue now facing most faiths including the banning of union
ceremonies for gay couples, a stand that resulted in a church trial.

For further information on this author, see www.lindafostermomsen.com


Award winning author of 12 novels and currently an Artist in Residence at UNC-G.

The Informer, set in 1930s Berlin, is a literary thriller capturing the menace and malice of pre-war Berlin through the eyes of characters dealing with forces far beyond their control.



Elizabeth Matheson received the prestigious North Carolina Award in 2004. The state’s highest honor in the Fine Art category.



Under the Tuscan Sun



Anna Jean “A.J.” Mayhew writes, sings, and crochets, though not simultaneously. Her first novel, The Dry Grass of August, won the 2011 Sir Walter Raleigh Award for Fiction. A.J. is working on her second novel, Tomorrow’s Bread. For reviews and additional author information, go to: http://www.AnnaJeanMayhew.com


Jill McCorkle is a professor in the MFA in Creative Writing program at NC State. She has taught at UNC-Chapel Hill, Tufts University and Brandeis, where she was the Frannie Hurst Visiting Writer. She was a Briggs-Copeland Lecturer in Creative Writing at Harvard for five years where she also served as chair of the creative writing program.

Going Away Shoes    
Final Vinyl Days
Creatures of Habit    
The Cheer Leader
July 7th                     
Ferris Beach


MAX PRESTON, poet and puppeteer

The Phoenix Collection & Other Poems

David Payne is the NY Times Notable author of five novels and a forthcoming memoir, Barefoot to Avalon. “Barefoot to Avalon is one of the most powerful and penetrating memoirs I’ve ever read; it is fiercely honest, deeply engaging, and utterly heartbreaking.”
--Jay McInerney

Back to Wando Passo
Early from the Dance
Confessions of a Taoist on Wall Street
Ruin Creek
Gravesend Light



Novelist and short story writer. Has won numerous awards, the most recent being Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award for On Agate Hill, 2007. Read more about Lee at http://www.LeeSmith.com

BALAZS SZABO is an internationally known artist and author.
THE EYE OF MUSE a retrospective of 40 years art works published in 1986 is the winner of THE US PRINT EXCELLENCE AWARD out of fifty thousand contestants.

KNOCK IN THE NIGHT Refugee Press also available in Hungarian as CSENGOFRASZ An autobiography of the author's childhood spent under Soviet Communist rule and his solo escape to freedom at age thirteen. Refugee #M14543 www.knockinthenight.com

THE EYE OF MUSE II Refugee Press a retrospective of the artists surreal works.

TWEEZER BEEZER a true story for all ages with the artist's paintings, illustrations and photography. http://balazsart.wix.com/tweezerbeezer

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* Alan Gurganus and Michael Malone are starring actors in the annual performance of “A Christmas Carol.”
Alan Gurganus is also known for his Halloween open-house.

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