Yummy Food. Delicious Wine. Great Writers.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015
6:00pm until 8:30pm
The Friday Center, 100 Friday Center Drive, Chapel Hill, NC

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Moderator and Emcee

st_Jeff_PolishJeff Polish (Founder and Executive Director, The Monti) earned a Ph.D. in Molecular Cell Biology from Washington University in St. Louis. Upon completion of that degree, he left academic research to pursue teaching. He then left teaching to run The Monti full time—an obvious career path. Jeff also consults with businesses on how to communicate effectively through storytelling. His past clients include Duke University, TEDMED, and FHI360. Jeff received a 2013 Indies Arts Award and has been profiled in Science,Our State Magazine, Southern Living, and Garden & Gun.

Featured Authors

New TT photo 2Michael Parker is the author of six novels – Hello Down There, Towns Without Rivers, Virginia Lovers, If You Want Me To Stay, The Watery Part of the World, All I Have In This World–and two collections of stories, The Geographical Cure and Don’t Make Me Stop Now.   His short fiction and nonfiction have appeared in various journals including Five Points, the Georgia Review, The Southwest Review, Epoch, the Washington Post, the New York Times Magazine, Oxford American, Shenandoah, The Black Warrior Review, Trail Runner, Runner’s World and Men’s Journal.  He has received fellowships in fiction from the North Carolina Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as the Hobson Award for Arts and Letters, and the North Carolina Award for Literature. His work has been anthologized in the Pushcart, New Stories from the South and O. Henry Prize Stories anthologies. A graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill and the University of Virginia, he holds the Vacc Distinguished Professorship in the MFA Writing Program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and since 2009 has been on the faculty of the Warren Wilson Program for Writers.  He lives in Greensboro, North Carolina and Austin, Texas.

Robert RubinOn the Beaten PathRobert Alden Rubin was born in Roanoke, Virginia, and grew up in Virginia and North Carolina. He attended Kenyon College, studied creative writing at Hollins University, and received a PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has worked as a journalist and literary editor, and taught writing at UNC, The George Washington University, and Meredith College, where he currently is an adjunct instructor. He is the editor of more than thirty books of trade fiction and nonfiction, the author/compiler of two poetry anthologies, Poetry out Loud (1992) and Love Poetry Out Loud (2006), and author of a travel memoir, On the Beaten Path: An Appalachian Pilgrimage (2000). A fourth book, Going to Hell in a Henbasket: An Illustrated Dictionary of Modern Malapropisms, is scheduled for publication by Flatiron Books (a division of Macmillan) in August 2015. He and his wife live in Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina.

Barn #1Lee Smith is the author of sixteen previous books of fiction, including the bestselling novels Fair and Tender Ladies and The Last Girls, winner of the Southern Book Critics Circle Award. Also the recipient of the 1999 Academy Award in Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, she lives in Hillsborough, North Carolina.


fy14-daniel wallaceDaniel Wallace is the author of five novels and most recently, the children’s book The Cat’s Pajamas. His first novel, Big Fish, has been translated into twenty-three languages and was adapted for film by Tim Burton and John August, and in 2013 into a Broadway musical. His essays and stories have been widely published and anthologized. He is the director of the Creative Writing Program at the University of North Carolina, and lives with his wife, Laura, in Chapel Hill. For more information visit www.danielwallace.org.



Joan H. Gillings

The E. Craig Wall, Sr. Foundation


David and Polly Moreau
The News & Observer
Wyndham Robertson

Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation
WUNC 91.5
WCHL 97.9


Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
Thomas S. Kenan

Harriet and D.G. Martin
Josie Patton


Bell Leadership Institute
Pat and Jack Evans
A.E. Finley Foundation
The William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education
Betty P. Kenan
PHE, Inc.

Kim and Phil Phillips
Shannon Ravenel and Dale Purves
Tom and Susan Ross
Kate and Allen Torrey
Laura and Daniel Wallace
Robert and Rita Weimer


Susan Attermeier
Kathryn Bell
Blackman & Sloop, CPAs, P.A.
May Martin Bryan
Margaret and Reid Conrad
Jamie and Ben Dunlap
Elise Guthridge
G. B. and M. May Foundation
Paula Davis Noell and Palmer Page

Mary Donna and Wayne Pond
Holden Richards
Deborah and Ed Roach
Richard and Carol Schramm
John and Talia Sherer
Lee Smith and Hal Crowther
Shannon and Alan Stephenson
Priscilla Taylor
Laura Williams
Ford and Allison Worthy

Check our Chapel Hill Magazine’s January/February issue – we’re one of their Five Events Not to Miss!