Friday, September 23, 2005


I've created a website that I invite you to visit and critique--just click on the comment button when you get there. It was easy and inexpensive and, at least for me, oddly satisfying. If the Socks are interested, I can be easily persuaded (flattery and fawning both work) to set up a site for the group.

Monday, May 16, 2005

Socks and Paleo-sock at Carrboro International Poetry Fest

This weekend, Saturday May 21 and Sunday May 22, at the Carrboro International Poetry Festival, Tanya Olson and Joanna Catherine Scott will be joining (and meeting for the first time) paleo-sock Paul Jones in the 40 poet whitmanathon.

An snip from the Festival Schedule:

2:05 Tanya Olson
12:30 Joanna Catherine Scott
12:45 Paul Jones

Thursday, April 21, 2005

How 'bout them socks?!

Or that sock, rather. Check out this amaaaaazing review of Joanna's recent award-winning collection, "Breakfast at the Shangri-La":

A rave indeed, and richly deserved. Way to go, Joanna!

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

onward and outward

Bolstered by our first, and successful, group appearance at the Regulator a couple of weeks ago, the Socks are looking about with freshly kindled interest for ways to hook on to the new poetry energy roiling about. It's not just that there's a lot of poetry going on, but that it's going on in all kind of new ways.

So let me invite you all to check this out: By happy chance, my son Ian (surfer philosopher-poet computer genius and father-to-be) and his buddy Pat (aka Paddy boy) have just inaugurated a website for poets to post audio readings of their own or others' poetry. A work in progress (as aren't we all), but it could be fun:

Stuff's happening out there. Seeds, dare I say, are in the wind!

Monday, February 21, 2005

Celebrate Poets' Day

March 1st is Poets’ Day and you are cordially invited to join Joanna Catherine Scott and the Black Socks (a Triangle poetry group celebrating its 20th year) for an evening of poetry at the Regulator Bookshop in Durham. Joanna is a member of Black Socks and will be celebrating the release of her latest book of poetry, Breakfast at the Shangri-La, while the rest of the Black Socks will be marking the release of the group’s chapbook. The evening will begin with a 5 minute reading from 7 of the Black Socks members and a 20 minute reading from Joanna Scott. The reading begins at 7pm at the Regulator, 720 9th Street. There’s no cover. Call 286-2700 for directions or consult for more information.

Ann Garbett lives in Danville, Virginia where she teaches Shakespeare, Chaucer, and creative writing at Averett University. She writes poems on her own time, mostly.

J. S. Absher has been an offset printer, missionary, bank teller, janitor, and consultant, sold mutual funds, surveyed scrub timberland, and taught freshman English. He currently works in corporate ethics and compliance.

Florence Nash, lately a medical editor at Duke Medical Center, is now a free-lance writer/editor and sometime poetry workshop leader in Durham. A musician in a former life, she is an active supporter and member of Triangle music groups.

Coyla Barry has worked as a marine biologist and as a research librarian for a large pharmaceutical company. Since retirement, she writes poetry in Chapel Hill and in Montana where her husband has a cattle ranch on Swimming Woman Creek.

Debra Kaufman is the author of three poetry books: Family of Strangers, Still Life Burning, and A Certain Light. She works at Duke University Press.

Maura High is a long-time resident of Carrboro, who edits and teaches for a living. In her spare time she helps out The Nature Conservancy's prescribed fire program, organizing volunteers and setting fire to the woods.
Tanya Olson lives in Durham and teaches at Vance-Granville Community College. She coordinates the durham3 reading series and serves on the board of the Carolina Wren Press.
Breakfast at the Shangri-La
(The California Institute of Arts and Letters, 2004)
Winner of the Black Zinnias Poetry Book Award
The personal journey of a Western woman who adopts three Korean children.
‘Subtle, like a brush painting.’ —Lola Haskins, Contest Judge

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Jones poem in News and Observer

The News and Observer published a longish (49 lines) poem, Unapproachable Edens, for Valentine's Day on February 13th in the Sunday Reader section. Although I haven't been to Sox in a long while, I thought you might enjoy seeing it.

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Joanna Scott and Other Black Socks reading at the Regulator, March 1

Who: The Black Socks Poets, eight of us in all, will be reading our poems, on the occasion of the launch of our Blog and our first chapbook.

What: Poems, plain and fancy

When: March 1, 2005, 7:00 p.m, for about one hour

Where: Regulator Bookshop, on Ninth Street, Durham

Why: Meet eight very different local poets, hear a bunch of good poems, support one of the Triangle's few remaining independent bookstores, spend time with your friends, have a chance to buy for a song or one dollar our first chapbook and any other books in the store, celebrate National Poetry Day and St. David's Day (St. David, AKA Dewi Sant, patron saint of Wales).