The Regulator Bookshop welcomes poets James Applewhite and Brit Washburn for an evening of poetry. The Regulator’s Poetry Series is generously co-sponsored by Jacar Press.
A prolific poet, James Applewhite was inducted into the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame in 2008 and is professor emeritus in creative writing at Duke University. He has received the Associated Writing Programs Contemporary Poetry Prize, the Jean Stein Award in Poetry from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, and a Guggenheim Fellowship in Poetry.
Applewhite’s new collection, Time Beginnings, displays his keenly observant mind focused on the ever-varied natural world and considers the place of humans within it. In these philosophical poems, the slow creation of new planets in the farthest reaches of the galaxy mirrors the development of single-celled Earth organisms whose “first awareness . . . foretell[s] a consciousness / of self, the life lived knowing of death.”
Brit Washburn is the author of the poetry collection Notwithstanding, forthcoming October 15 from Wet Cement Press. Her work has appeared in a number of journals and anthologies including Alexandria Quarterly, Art Mag, Controlled Burn, The Dunes Review, and Manoa. She served for many years on the board of the Poetry Society of South Carolina, and was co-director of the literary salon Poet’s House South. The winner of two consecutive Albion Prizes for Poetry, she is a graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy and Goddard College. She worked and studied in New York City, Brazil, France, and Charleston. Brit’s additional work includes being the mother of four, and freelance writing and editing. She lives in Asheville.