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Pictured is Poetry Hickory founder and coordinator Scott Owens.

HICKORY — The Dec. 10 Poetry Hickory will feature a local authors’ showcase and book sale, including six award-winning local authors and publishers.

Featured writers will include Morganton author Christina Xiong, Lenoir-Rhyne University creative writing professor Scott Owens, Catawba Valley Community College history professor Richard Eller, CVCC professor and award-winning baseball writer Tim Peeler, CVCC professor and publisher Robert Canipe, and award-winning artist, author and designer Bud Caywood.

Xiong is the author of “Ghost Monogamies” and “The Gathering Song.” She is a certified story medicine facilitator and peer support specialist from Morganton.

Owens is the award-winning author of 14 collections of poetry, including “Paternity,” “Down to Sleep” and “Waiting for the Next Big Bang in the Galaxy at the Edge of Town.” He has served as vice president of the N.C. Poetry Society, editor of Wild Goose Poetry Review and founder and coordinator of Poetry Hickory. His poems and essays on poetry have been published in journals, anthologies, blogs and radio shows across the country and internationally.

Peeler is the author of more than 15 books of poetry and local and baseball history, including “Henry River: An American Ruin,” “Checking Out” and “Rough Beast.” A past winner of the Jim Harrison Award for contributions to baseball literature, he also has been a Casey Award finalist and a finalist for the SIBA Award. He directs the academic assistance programs at CVCC.

Caywood is the author of 13 collections of poetry, including “Blue,” “The Feather Collector,” and “The Café Terrace at Night.” He also is an artist and designer and founding editor of the journal “Bloodshot.”

Eller has created documentaries and books focusing on Piedmont Airlines, The Miracle of Hickory and other topics of local interest. He recently spoke at TEDx Hickory on his upcoming documentary and book based on the undefeated and unscored upon 1964 Ridgeview High School football team known as “The Untouchables.”

Canipe is editor at Red Hawk and Third Lung Press. He has published books of poetry, nonfiction, histor, and local interest, including “Polio, Pitchforks, and Perseverance” (based on the Miracle of Hickory), “We See What We Want to See” (based on the history of Henry River Mill Village) and “Newton Then and Now”.

The reading will begin at 7 p.m. at Taste Full Beans Coffeehouse in Hickory and is free. Taste Full Beans has hosted Poetry Hickory on the second Tuesday of every month for more than 12 years.

For more information, call Owens at 828-234-4266.

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