Beyond Our Beginnings

Join North Carolina Arts Council Literature Fellows Patrice Gopo, Bryn Chancellor, Eric Smith and Kathryn Schwille as they share readings and conversation about place, community and writing. This program was held at the Main Library on Saturday, November 17 2018 in the Francis Auditorium. You can find more information about these authors and their books below. All are available for checkout from the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library.

What Luck This Life

by Kathryn Schwille

In a chorus of voices spanning places and years, What Luck, This Life explores the Columbia disaster’s surprising fallout for a town beset by the tensions of class, race, and missed opportunity. The unforgettable characters struggle with family upheaval and mortality’s grip and a luminous book emerges — filled with heartache, beauty and warmth.

All the Colors We Will See

by Patrice Gopo

In this poetic and often courageous collection of essays, Patrice examines the complexities of identity in our turbulent yet hopeful time of intersecting heritages. As she digs beneath the layers of immigration questions and race relations, Patrice also turns her voice to themes such as marriage and divorce, the societal beauty standards we hold, and the intricacies of living out our faith.


by Bryn Chancellor

Evocative and atmospheric, Sycamore is a coming-of-age story, a mystery, and a moving exploration of the elemental forces that drive human nature–desire, loneliness, grief, love, forgiveness, and hope–as witnessed through the inhabitants of one small Arizona town.

Black Hole Factory

By Eric Smith

In BLACK HOLE FACTORY, poet Eric Smith writes his way into and out of such holes with a commitment to the history and craftsmanship of the well-shaped poem. He compresses experience, intellect, and feeling within concentrated stanzas of compelling density.

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