On Thursday, October 18th  2012, John Campbell Folk School and NC Writers Network West are sponsoring a reading of poetry and prose to be held at John Campbell Folk School in Keith House at 7:00 PM. The reading is free of charge and open to the public.  Poet/writers Lucy Cole Gratton and Jo Carolyn Bebe will be the featured readers.

Lucy Cole Gratton

tton is a retired CPA living in Murphy, a native of Decatur, Georgia, holds degrees in mat

hematics from Agnes Scott College and University of Florida.  After retirement and her move to the mountains, she served as Executive Director for the Hiwassee River Watershed Coalition for several years.  She continues to assist with accounting for the Coalition as well as serving many volunteer hours.

She has been writing for herself for many years – only lately seeking to publish.  She is a member of the North Carolina Writers Network and regularly attends critiques, readings and participates in activities of that organization.  She has attended several poetry educational classes at the John Campbell Folk School and has read here previously.

Her interests in protecting our natural environment are reflected in her writings and life on her acreage on Lake Apalachia.   Along with her poetry, she will be reading tonight from her soon to be published chapbook, Inagehi.

Jo Carolyn Bebe

Jo Carolyn Bebe has recently had her favorite poem, Hopewell Cemetery, published in

 WOMEN’S SPACES  WOMEN’S PLACES. She feels privileged to be among 50 Georgia and North Carolina women writers selected to appear in this new anthology.


Writing poetry does not come easy for her. “I’d rather write prose. I seem to have, as G. G. Vandagriff says, “Voices in my blood.” I carry around stories of my ancestors.”

None the less, she has had poems published in Main Street Rag (about a girl who lost a falsie on the basketball court) and in Clothes Lines (about my grandmother who didn’t wear underwear). She has also had stories published in Lonzie’s Fried Chicken and Lights in the Mountains, and personal essays in Heroes from Hackland and Echoes Across the Blue Ridge   .”And contrary to what creative writers are taught, I can’t just start writing and then go back and edit my stories. I have to “fix” each sentence as I go along. I enjoy that challenge.”


Having lived in 27 houses, she is now content to live in our little log house in Towns County, Georgia.



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