Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Pulitzer-nominated poet to headline poetry reading, open mic at library

Acclaimed poet Anthony S. Abbott will join local poets for a reading to celebrate National Poetry Month at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 14, at the Asheboro Public Library.

The reading also will feature an “open mic” organized by the Randolph Writers Group. The event, sponsored by the Friends of the Library, is free and the public is invited.

Abbott, a professor emeritus of English at Davison College, is author of five books of poetry, two novels and two nonfiction works on modern drama. His first book of poetry, The Girl in the Yellow Raincoat, earned him a nomination for the Pulitzer Prize in 1989, among a slew of other awards.

“He is an artist who paints with words. The reader is swept into the canvas with the beauty and power of his written words,” says Sue Farlow, Asheboro High School English teacher and Abbott’s predecessor as president of the North Carolina Poetry Society.

As part of a society program, Abbott mentors aspiring poets. Abbott and a group of his mentees, which included two local students, read in a program at the library in 2009.

Find out more about Abbott at www.thegirlintheyellowraincoat.com.

To participate in the event as a reader, contact Randolph Writers Group President Robin Emerson, randolphwriters@aol.com, or 336-736-3496.

Friday, March 11, 2011

"Annie" star Rory to appear at Friends dog obedience program

Does your dog need a bit of refinement?

Join the Friends of the Library for a dog obedience demonstration at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 22, on the Asheboro Public Library lawn.

The event is free and all dogs are invited. Rain date is March 29.

Ally Thomas, owner of Southern Tails Dog School, will present the program. Bring your dog on a short, cloth leash (no

retractable leashes, please), and also bring a lawn chair.

With Thomas will be Rory, her Belgian hunting dog who starred in the 2009 RSVP Community Theatre production of Annie. For more information, call the library at 318-6801.

Movie Monday to screen "Life As We Know It"

A couple must put aside their differences to raise their goddaughter in Life as We Know It, the Asheboro Public Library’s Movie Monday, 2 p.m. March 21.

After a disastrous first date, the only things Holly Berenson and Eric Messer have in common is their love for their goddaughter, Sophie – and their dislike for each other. But when they suddenly become all Sophie has in the world, Holly and Eric are forced to put their differences aside, juggling career ambitions and social calendars while trying to get along under one roof.

The romantic comedy stars Katherine Heigl, Josh Duhamel and Josh Lucas.

The movie is free and the public is invited; refreshments will be served. Find our more here, or call 318-6824.