The public is invited to a launch party and reception on November 30, 2017, 7pm, at the Franklin County Arts Council (FCAC) Headquarters, 22 S Main Street, Franklinton, North Carolina. Come celebrate the 2017 County Lines Literary Journal and meet local authors and Writers Guild members.
Listen to County Lines Literary Journal readings by local authors, enjoy refreshments, network, and pick up a copy of the 2017 Journal — even get it signed — for yourself or as a gift for someone.
Each year’s Journal includes winning works from the Writers Guild’s writing contest, plus select author submissions and artwork.
The FCAC Writers Guild Carolina Prize for Writing awards for 2017 are:
- Winner for Poetry — Women Talking in Circles by Joyce Compton Brown
- Winner for Prose — Farewell, Mr. Blue by Pat Tyson
- Honorable Mention Poetry — Love for Two by John Linscott
- Honorable Mention Poetry — Silent Graves and Dignity Regained by Donna Campbell Smith
- Honorable Mention Poetry — When Light Burns by Kim Hogan
- Honorable Mention Poetry — The Nursing Home Visitor by Deanna Adams
- Honorable Mention Prose — Fancy Pretty by Katheryn Ewers Bundy
- Honorable Mention Prose — Mama’s Lessons by Sherry Avery
- Honorable Mention Prose — The Teacher by Pat Tyson
- Honorable Mention Prose — My Dear Patcy by Judy Reed
- Winner of Cover Art Contest – Jackie Dove-Miller
These and other works are a part of the County Lines Literary Journal 2017. Local authors published included the following.
A New Yorker by birth, a North Carolinian by choice. Alice completed her M.Ed. in Community Counseling at North Carolina State University and held positions in State, County and City government as well as non-profit organizations. She retired from managing a substance abuse crisis center and now spends her time enjoying walks in nature, kayaking, gardening and writing poetry and prose.
Becky J. Suzik
Becky J. Suzik writes, makes and thinks in Raleigh. Becky believes in the healing powers of art and stories, as both maker and witness. She loves to paint and write, especially for her three children. More of her heART—poetry, essays, photography and art — can be found at www.beckyjaine.com.
Christa Cairnes was born in Florida but grew up in the mountains of North Carolina. In 2009, she graduated summa cum laude from Western Carolina University with a B.A. in English (Professional Writing Concentration) and a minor in Art. She’s had three poems published.
Currently, she lives in Wilmington, NC with her wonderful husband and their three crazy cats. You can visit her online at christacairnes.com.
Donna Campbell Smith
Donna Campbell Smith writes from her home in Franklin County, NC. Her published works include young reader books Pale as the Moon, An Independent Spirit, Bear Song and Puddin’ Tain. She also has published four non-fiction books: The Book of Miniature Horses, The Book of Draft Horses, The Book of Mules and The Book of Donkeys. In addition, Donna works as a freelance writer and photographer for various print and online publications including Back Home Magazine, Grit Gazette, Our State, Carolina Country, Boys Life, Young Rider, The Horse, and Western Mule.
Donna worked in the horse industry for over 30 years and volunteered in the NC 4-H Horse program for many years. She was named 2011 Artist of the Year by Franklin County Arts Council and has received awards for writing and photography.
After her 30-year career in film, print, and fashion design in Los Angeles and NYC, Dorothy now writes from her organic farm in Franklin County, NC. Her short stories and editorials have been published in FACE Magazine and The Franklin Free Press.
Deanna Adams is a retired mortgage underwriter with a lengthy background in financial management. After fulfilling work and family responsibilities, every precious moment was spent in various art fields. She studied Fine Art at Northern Virginia Community College and had three solo art shows at Georgetown Hospital in Washington, DC. She tends to be a quiet, very observant person and from there comes the freestyle poems, rhymes, paintings and all things creative. After many years in Northern Virginia, she retired to her hometown in Franklin County, NC.
Deanna Adams is a retired mortgage underwriter with a lengthy background in financial management. After fulfilling work and family responsibilities, every precious moment was spent in various art fields. She studied Fine Art at Northern Virginia Community College and had three solo art shows at Georgetown Hospital in Washington, DC. She tends to be a quiet, very observant person and from there comes the freestyle poems, rhymes, paintings and all things creative. After forty years in Northern Virginia, she retired to her hometown in Franklin County, NC.
John Linscott was born in Needham,Massachusetts and now lives in Freeport, Maine. He graduated the University of Rhode Island as an English Major. He served in the U.S.Navy. John is a jazz musician and, composer and a retired teacher. 2015-Writer/Composer of a musical.
Joyce Compton Brown was featured poet at the Mitchell College Literary Festival in 2016 and has published in numerous journals, including Pine Mountain Sand and Gravel, Kakalak, and Pinesong. Her chapbook, Bequest, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2015 and her forthcoming chapbook, Singing with Jarred Edges, was a finalist in the 2017 Main St. Rag Cathy Smith Bowers chapbook contest.
From the author, “I’ve enjoyed writing poetry and journals most of my life. I am completely new to serious writing but, now retired, feel called toward it. I have three children and four granddaughters, and have lived in N.C. for just under six years. I enjoy reading, painting, family, learning piano, and playing with my cats. I am a retired Pre-K teacher, and love children and teaching.”
Linda Riggins is an advocate for healthy families.
She is energized through fellowship with women and quite time with her journal.
Linda lives in downtown Raleigh with her husband and their three teenagers.
Lynn Bechdolt is a retired Lutheran pastor who recently relocated to Florida to be near family. She is pack leader for a red and white Boston terrier named Scarlett. She enjoys hiking, writing, reading (SciFi and nature), good wine and good conversation in whatever order they make themselves available. She has been published in Poetry from the Valley of Virginia 1996 and 1998, The Maine Review, The County Line, A Literary Journal 2017, and the Virginia Writers’ Club Centennial Anthology (release date November 4, 2017).
Monty Joynes is the author of 22 published books, in addition to screenplays and classical music libretti for two grand operas and an oratorio that premiered in France in 2015. His poetry is most recently seen in County Lines Literary Journal (2015-2017); Blue Streak: A Journal of Military Poetry (2013); Remembrances of Wars Past: A War Veterans Anthology; and Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors (2012), in which his award-winning short story was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
Niki Alston has been associated with the Franklin County Arts Council and the Second Cup Writer’s Group since 2011. She was a contributing writer in the 1st Edition of County Lines in 2013. She made her acting debut in 2014 as one of the leading actresses in the play ‘Beauty for Ashes”; which was co-written and directed by Mrs. Jackie Dove- Miller, an active member of the Franklin County Arts Council and the Second Cup Writer’s Group. In 2016, Niki placed Honorable Mention in the “Carolina Woman Magazine’s” photography contest. Niki continues to use all things Art to be a vessel of Positive Change and to complete her life’s mission “Be the Change you want to see in the world.”(Ghandi)
Thirty years ago Patricia fulfilled a lifelong dream to live in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and with the introduction of a digital camera, she began an unrestricted exploration of her true love—nature photography. Patricia provided the cover photo for the 2016 Blowing Rock, NC calendar, cover shots for books and the inaugural Evening Paper journal, the official 2017 and 2018 Blue Ridge Parkway calendars, and had a photo selected in October 2015 for Nat Geo’s “Inside Access” story. Her photographs have appeared in the 2015-17 volumes of County Lines. Her husband Monty creates poems based on many of her photos.
A two-time Pushcart Prize nominee, award-winning author Bob Strother’s work has been published internationally and adapted for film. Previous publications include a collection, Scattered, Smothered, and Covered and the novels, Shug’s Place and Burning Time. His sequel to Burning Time, A Fire to be Kindled, was releasedApril1, 2017 by moonShine review press. He is also a contributing writer for Southern Writers Magazine.
Sally Ketterer is a 15-year-old from Louisburg. She attends St. Thomas More Academy—a school rooted in a classical, college preparatory curriculum—where she is a sophomore. Sally enjoys cross country running, reading suspense novels and drinking milkshakes from Sheetz!
Specializing in pet and animal photography, Tammy has lived in Franklin County for over twenty years. She is a member of FCAC’s photography guild and has received several awards for her work including the People’s Choice Award at the recent FCAC Photography Show.