Poet Matthew Wimberly will be the featured speaker at the regular meeting of High Country Writers at the Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation building on Highway 421 on Thursday, Nov. 8, at 10:00 am. The program is free and open to the public.
Wimberly is a much-awarded poet who grew up in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina and is currently Instructor of Rhetoric and Composition at Lees-McRae in Hickory, NC. He wrote his first poem after reading A Tree Grows in Brooklyn in the seventh grade. “That poem changed the rest of my life,” he said. “Growing up on top of a mountain meant I’d often have to entertain myself alone. I loved running down trails and skipping stones in the creek behind my house, and it became natural to entertain myself by writing poetry. To this day I love to play with words, to see how a poem can provide a new lens for looking at the world. If anything, I want other people to find something as alive in poetry as out in the wild.”
Meeting at Blue Ridge Electric Offices in Boone on Hwy 421 S