New Southerner Prize Winners read

Bobbi Buchanan at New Southerner announces readings from their literary contest’s Winners, Finalists, and Semifinalists. The celebration will be held on Saturday, January 30, 2016 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Free and open to the public. Print copies of the literary edition will be available following the event, or ordered via

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Missionary Kids know the feeling of being between two worlds.

Check out Mary Popham's book review at Litary Labors today:

Posted by Literary Labors and the Occasional Cheese Dip on Friday, November 13, 2015

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The Cherokee Roundtable, represented at Women Who Write, “Exploring the Writer’s Craft”

Hello Everyone,
Tomorrow I will be representing the Cherokee Roundtable in a panel discussion
with Women Who Write. The conference, “Exploring the Writer’s Craft,” is
packed with interesting people, and the sharing of information on what we love, writing.
I will be one of four on a lunchtime panel focusing on regional resources and
groups for writers, and I will tell all about our fabulous group!
We, in the CRT, have an amazing support system, and provide encouragement to publish. The proof is in the pudding, and focusing only on books produced this summer,
we have:

1. Sue Kelly Ballard, My Blessed, Wretched Life: Rebecca Boone’s Story, Butler Books.

2. Ronald R. Van Stockum, Jr., [Reggie] Cosmos: The Stellar Stalker, Williams Printing Company.

3. Jerry Lee Rodgers, play produced in book format, “Mrs. Lincoln and the Enemy.”

4. Sheila Joyce Strunk [Pyle] Sweet Evening Breeze: And Other Kentucky Characters, Communities and Chronicles, MotesBooks.

Congratulations to all who have produced or are in the midst of publishing plays, films, articles, poetry, letters to the editor, and other literary accomplishments. The Cherokee Roundtable is proud to have you as a member. Attached is an updated “History and Rules” of our group which I will be handing out, tomorrow at the event.

Below is a link to Insider Louisville’s article about the Women Who Write
conference with all the details.

Your Events Coordinator,

‘Exploring the Writer’s Craft’

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My review on amazon, amazing book, My Blessed Wretched Life: Rebecca Boone’s Story

This fantastic book is your next Must-read!
For born and bred Kentuckians, and for every transplant that has fallen in love with our state, My Blessed, Wretched Life: Rebecca Boone’s Story is the book to read next. Sue Kelly Ballard transforms the true history of early Kentucky pioneer days into a gripping, touching, and realistic tale. It is not only the story of love that Rebecca has for her trail-blazing, hero husband, Daniel Boone, but also love for their family, including those who become close through sharing hardships and triumphs. With historical accuracy and a lyrical voice, the author depicts the magnetic beauty of the land itself, its high and low mountains, lakes and rivers, game-filled forests. She writes believably of the satisfaction when soul and body face hardship yet summon the strength to persist. Told in the voice of Rebecca, Sue Ballard brings us the unforgettable images of the cabin full of life, the pot cooking on the hearth, the strength of the mother reflected in the dear faces around her. This is an extremely well-written and important book for Kentucky. Submitted by Mary Popham, author of Back Home in Landing Run.

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Discussion of Regional Writers Groups

On Saturday, July 18, I am pleased to be on the Women Who Write panel discussing the Cherokee Roundtable as a regional writing group. The WWW conference will be held at the Louisville campus of Indiana Wesleyan University, 1500 Alliant Ave. Registration is $60 for WWW members, students and seniors, and $75 for all others. Continental breakfast and lunch are included. Online registration will soon open.

Jan Arnow, keynote speaker, will talk about writing nonfiction to support a passion or cause. Jan is an internationally known lecturer, peace advocate, and author of In the Line of Fire: Raising Kids in a Violent World and Teaching Peace: How to Raise Children to Live in Harmony—Without Fear, Without Prejudice, Without Violence.

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Why I am writing about Landing Run

April 23, 2015 – Mary Popham

Posted in The Round Table – Jousting, gauntlet-throwing and more-Spalding MFA group.

From the time I can remember I had planned to write about my family who settled in Central Kentucky beginning a few short years after the American Revolution. My mother was shy, but she taught me a story, “Jack Goes to Find His Fortune,” and encouraged me to tell it when we visited local relatives. This was before tv, and going to the homes of our kin, who lived within a mile radius, was our best entertainment. I found later, that the story my mother had learned from her older cousin, was part of the “Jack Tales,” an English fairy tale, “How Jack Went to Seek His Fortune.”

After I had earned $10 for a published poem, I decided I could call myself a writer, and began to collect family information. This was the story that had been, and still is, locked in my heart, waiting for me to write it. My ancestors were storytellers and letter writers and my family is fortunate to have saved these from past generations. I began writing about Landing Run in midlife, 1993. Although I have lived in the city of Louisville for fifty-five years, this small community in the knobs of Central Kentucky is the place that feels like home. It is now a place of fantasy that I write about. It is 1910, and the little community where both sides of my family have lived. I dream of building a fire in the fireplace, cooking three meals a day for a husband, children, parents, an older relative left without anyone, milking a cow, taking the butter and cheese to the springhouse, gathering eggs, making my own quilts, tending my garden and putting up the produce, picking berries, digging a place in the ground to store the potatoes in winter, gathering herbs from the woods to cure a cough, heal broken skin, setting a trap to catch a rabbit to fry and make gravy for supper, carrying water from the creek to a washtub and scrubbing overalls on a scrub board, hanging sheets on a clothesline on a sunny day. I dream of trading slips of flower cuttings with neighbors who are also kin to me, traveling on horseback to visit on a Sunday afternoon, when no work is allowed. Sitting in the house in a rocking chair with a glass of iced tea and talking about who is expecting—said in an undertone—about whether it will rain so the crops won’t be ruined, commiserating on who was killed in the war, finding out which young people are “talking to one another” and if they will get married, reminiscing about what the old-timers did, telling moonshine stories—who got caught and who got away. And always, there are the details of being Catholic: going to church, saying grace, making visits during Forty Hours, giving to the collection, not doing things you want to because they are “sins,” what will happen if you do those things. Also, saying the rosary, making the stations, learning the beatitudes, the sacraments, knowing what is forbidden: lying, stealing, cheating of course, and also that you must not keep company with a non-Catholic, must never miss Mass, or neglect “making your Easter.” In my first novel, Back Home in Landing Run, I wanted to tell, not the truth of what happened to real people in that place and time, but of the land itself, rocky hillsides filled with trees and wildflowers, a primitive road with a creek running through it, the song of a whippoorwill calling out in the quiet of a moonlit night, and the ways of the good, gentle hard-working people who lived there, and yet, their negative views and the impact of having a Protestant girl move into their personal place. At present I am writing the sequel, Return to Landing Run, in which I am writing more about those home-bound, hills-loving, religious minded, plain-living, good and generous folk.

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Entering Through the Kitchen – April 11, 2015 – Sat. 9:30 – Noon

Entering Through the Kitchen—Using food and domestic details for story.

Saturday, April 11, 9:30 to Noon

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMary Popham, MFA, is a novelist, poet, literary critic and short story writer. In her own writing, she has discovered the value of using food and domestic details to set scene and define character. In “Entering Through the Kitchen,” Mary will use diverse works of literature as examples to model—such as A Christmas Carol, My Antonia, Julia Child’s Menu Cookbook, and Like Water for Chocolate.  Participants in this class will write food details into existing or new stories.

Mary’s fiction, nonfiction, poetry, essays,book reviews have appeared in the Courier-Journal; LEO; New Southerner; Appalachian Heritage; and The Louisville Review. Her novel Back Home in Landing Run was published by MotesBooks. She is a member of the Cherokee Round Table.

Class is $25.  Please register in advance by e-mailing Kimberly at or call 502-417-3424.

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