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Wonderland Book Club - Joe Mills—poetry book, Exit, Pursued By a Bear

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  • Center for Excellence

    3803B Computer Dr, Suite 106 , Raleigh, NC (map)

    35.833054 -78.632973

  • Wonderland Book Club, Co-sponsored by the NC Writers’ Network

    Meet Author Joe Mills, Exit, Pursued By a Bear

    Location: Center for Excellence, 3803-B Computer Dr., Ste. 106, Raleigh, NC

    Friday, December 16, 2016  Time:  10:00–noon 


    AND it's also time for our 9th annual Holiday Book Exchange--wrap up a gently used book and take home a book gift! It always seems the right book goes to the right person EVERY time.

    Meet Joe Mills, of Winston-Salem, NC, at Wonderland Book Club as he shares his latest book of poetry, Exit, Pursued By a Bear, which contain poems inspired by Shakespeare’s stage directions. Joe has degrees in literature from the University of Chicago (B.A.), the University of New Mexico (M.A.), and the University of California-Davis (Ph.D).  As he was working on his third one, his mother asked, "Don't you know that stuff yet?" A faculty member at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Joseph Mills holds the Susan Burress Wall Distinguished Professorship in the Humanities.  His work includes poetry, fiction, drama, and criticism. He has published six volumes of poetry with Press 53: Exit, pursued by a bear; This Miraculous Turning, Sending Christmas Cards to Huck and Hamlet; Love and Other Collisions; Angels, Thieves, and Winemakers, and Somewhere During the Spin Cycle. Joe and his wife, Danielle Tarmey, are the authors of A Guide to North Carolina's Wineries (John F. Blair, Publisher).  Here a few of Joe’s career highlights:

    •  The woman who approached Joe after a reading and said that she had his poem on her fridge. 

    • Reading from a book of poems about his children – This Miraculous Turning – with his children in the audience and having them come up afterwards. 

    • The student who came up to him years after graduating, hugged him, and said, “I still have all the books from your courses." 

    • The student who stopped, as he left class, and said, “I enjoyed that actually.” Getting hired at the School of the Arts.

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  • Jorge C.

    Sorry that I won't make it (love Joe's poetry from last time) but the family is visiting Argentina close to the Holidays.

    1 · July 15

    • Alice Osborn, W.

      We'll miss you, Jorge, and your always thoughtful questions!

      2 days ago

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