On Thursday, February 21, 2013, John Campbell Folk School and NC Writers Network West are sponsoring a reading of poetry. The reading is free of charge and open to the public. Poets Mary Ricketson and Nadine Justice will be the featured readers. Join us at 7-8pm in Keith House.
Mary Ricketson’s poetry has been published in her chapbook, I Hear the River Call My Name, Lights in the Mountains, Freeing Jonah IV, Freeing Johah V, Wild Goose Poetry Review, Future Cycle Press,Your Daily Poem, Journal of Kentucky Studies, various magazines and in Disorgananza, a private collection distributed among family and friends. She won the gold medal for poetry in the 2011 Cherokee County Senior Games/Silver Arts. She won first place in the 2011 Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest national poetry contest.
She writes a monthly column, Woman to Woman, for The Cherokee Scout. She is a member of the North Carolina Writers Network, a mental health counselor, and a farmer. She writes to satisfy a hunger, to taste life all the way down to the last drop. She gains perspective from family and friends, her Appalachian home, and her life’s work as a counselor. Writing poetry places her in kinship with her own life.
Mary Ricketson is a Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Murphy, North Carolina. She brings more than thirty years experience to her work, with twenty-five years in private practice. She is a founding board member of REACH. She has a special interest in women’s issues, victims of abuse, and family and couple relationships. She offers innovative ways to effect change in difficult life patterns, including Journey to Intuition and Neurofeedback. She is listed in Who’s Who in American Women.
Nadine Justice divides her time between a mountain-top cottage in north Georgia and her home in Atlanta. Two of her memoir stories have been published in an anthology by the Georgia Mountain Writers Club. She also enjoys a successful career as an interior designer. Her design work has been published twice in Better Homes and Gardens and in Atlanta Custom Home magazines. She grew up in West Virginia and is a coal miner’s daughter. She is married to a retired federal agent, and enjoys spending time with her four “perfect” grandchildren. She is author of I’m a Coal Miner’s Daughter But I Cain’t Sing.