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North Carolina Poetry Society Readings with Bill Griffin, Ashley Memory, and Robin Greene

August 25, 2019   |   2:00 pm


Bill Griffin is a family doctor in a small town in North Carolina. Poetry may not have saved his patients (although some have been preserved in verse) but poetry has certainly saved him. The poems in this latest chapbook, Riverstory: Treestory, have been collected over years of seeking spiritual connection with the natural world. They are inspired by the spot of color on a salamander, the wild conversation of a mountain stream, the cry of a tanager from the highest oak, and most of all by time spent outdoors in the company of other souls: human, animal, plant, planet. 

Bill’s poems have appeared in many regional and national journals including Tar River Poetry, NC Literary Review, Southern Poetry Review, and Pembroke Magazine.  An earlier chapbook, Snake Den Ridge: A Bestiary, is set in Great Smoky Mountains National Park and  illustrated by his wife, Linda French Griffin. Bill’s full length collection Crossing the River spans some 40 years of small town encounters and ruminations. Bill features the work of Carolina poets at his blog,, and he says the best week of his life was serving as Poet in Residence at the NC Zoo in 2012 for the Poetry of Conservation project


Ashley Memory draws her inspiration from the ancient Uwharries of Randolph County, North Carolina, where she lives with her sculptor husband, Johnpaul Harris. Her poetry has recently appeared in O.Henry, Naugatuck River Review, Gyroscope Review, Turnpike, and Phoenix. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and she is a two-time recipient of the Doris Betts Fiction Prize. Waiting for the Wood Thrush is her first poetry collection and is available for pre-order from Finishing Line Press.

Waiting for the Wood Thrush reminds us of the whole brilliant spectrum of emotion that poetry brings us.” Matt Swain, Co-founder and Poetry Editor of Turnpike Magazine

“Memory’s poems are fully human, and therefore fully real; they are moral poems, in that they lift the reader to a higher level of appreciation for the human world and the world of nature.” Joyce S. Brown, author of the poetry collection Vital Signs, Orchard Street Press 


Robin Greene is Professor of English and Writing and Director of the Writing Center at Methodist University in Fayetteville, NC, where she held the McLean Endowed Chair in English from 2013-2016. Greene has published two collections of poetry (Memories of Light and Lateral Drift), two editions of a nonfiction book (Real Birth: Women Share Their Stories), and a novel (Augustus: Narrative of a Slave Woman). Greene is a past recipient of a North Carolina-National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Writing, and has published over ninety pieces of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction in literary journals. Greene has received two teaching awards, the latest of which, the Cleveland Award, received in 2017, is the most prestigious award offered by the university where she teaches. Greene has given over a hundred academic presentations, literary readings, and writing workshops in a variety of venues throughout the US. She also teaches an annual women’s meditation, yoga, and writing retreat in Oaxaca, Mexico. Additionally, Greene is a registered yoga teacher (RYT-200), cofounder and editor of Longleaf Press, a literary press that primarily publishes poetry, and cofounder of Sandhills Dharma Group, a Buddhist meditation group. She holds a M.A. in English from Binghamton University and a M.F.A. in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Art at Norwich University.