Stage Door Series presents

In Their Own Words
An Evening of Poetry

Tuesday, October 15, 2019. 7 PM

Backstage on the Veh Stage

Join us for an evening of fabulous poetry from some of the area's top professional writers. Coordinated by Catherine Gillet, readers for the evening include Kathy Ackerman, DJ Gaskin, Greg Lobas, Nancy Holmes, Lee Mink, Kathy Nelson and Lee Stockdale.

The Stage Door Series is TFAC's newest series, with patrons seated onstage with the artists for a unique perspective on concerts, theater, spoken word events, and more. Seating is limited, so reservations are strongly encouraged. Admission is $5. Beer, wine, and other concessions will be available. Learn more.

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About the Poets

Greg Lobas has published prose in a variety of national outdoor magazines and newspapers. His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel, Broad River Review, Ekphrastic Review, Petigru Review, Gray’s Sporting Journal, Event Horizon, Red River Review, and St. Austin Review. He has won the Pan Award and the Marjorie E. Peale Award from the Poetry Society of South Carolina, and the Carrie McCray Award from the South Carolina Writers’ Association. He teaches a poetry craft workshop at Isothermal Community College.

Lee Mink will be reading selected poems from a series titled “Walking the Blue Ridge in These Wandering Shoes.” Lee often says that “Writing poetry in this place that we are fortunate to call home is a blessing . The Green River and surrounding mountains provide an abundance of inspiration. All that is required of me, as a poet, is to be a witness.”

Kathy Nelson (Fairview, North Carolina), recipient of the 2019 James Dickey Poetry Prize, is the author of two chapbooks―Cattails (Main Street Rag, 2013) and Whose Names Have Slipped Away (Finishing Line Press, 2016). Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Asheville Poetry Review, The Cortland Review, Tar River Poetry, Broad River Review, Southern Poetry Review,  Her work appeared in The Practicing Poet(Terrapin Books) and was anthologized in It’s All Relative: Tales from the Tree (Stone Ivy Press). Visit her at

Kathy Cantley Ackerman was born in coal country, West Virginia, grew up in Ohio, and has lived in the Carolinas since 1984.  She holds a PhD in literature from the University of South Carolina. She is the author of the poetry collection Coal River Road (Livingston Press at the University of West Alabama), as well as three poetry chapbooks and The Heart of Revolution, the only book to date about North Carolina proletarian novelist Olive Tilford Dargan (University of Tennessee Press).  Her poems have appeared in journals including Kakalak, Southern Poetry Review, Many Mountains Moving, and North American Review.  Her latest collection, A Quarrel of Atoms, was a finalist for the Howling Bird Press Book Prize, The Dogfish Head Prize, and the Lena Shull Book Award and it won the Lena Shull Poetry Book Prize administered by the North Carolina Poetry Society.  It will be published sometime this fall by St. Andrews University Press,. She serves as Dean of Arts and Sciences and Writer-in-Residence at Isothermal Community College in Spindale, NC, home of the incomparable WNCW radio.

DJ Gaskin has published poetry in Gargoyle, SLAB, The Comstock Review, Iodine Poetry Journal, DeepWater Literary Review, Ars Medica and others. She also has work in two anthologies and was a finalist in Arlington, Virginia’s “Moving Words” contest. DJ’s chapbook, Of Crows and Superstitions, was recently published by Main Street Rag in Charlotte, NC. DJ is also an artist and photographer and lives in Western North Carolina with two literate cats named after favorite poets.

Lee Stockdale lives in Asheville with his wife Gail and their wonderful dog, Elvis, a labradoodle. Actually, Lee does not have a dog, but if he did it would be a labradoodle because he likes saying labradoodle. Lee enjoys instructing a Poetry Craft Workshop at UNCA’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (aka OLLI), and serving as the North Carolina Writers’ Network’s Asheville/Buncombe County Regional Representative. He holds an MFA from his beloved Queens University and is excited about recently finishing a novel he is now workshopping and revising. But he's most excited, and grateful, to be included among his Tryon poet friends for this upcoming reading.

Nancy Holmes graduated from the Iowa Writers Workshop with an MFA in poetry. Her careers include book editor in New York City and family therapist in Hartford CT. Nearly 30 years ago, she and husband Jim Freeman moved to Tryon where she became active in the arts, curating exhibits for Upstairs Artspace, producing in-home jazz concerts throughout WNC, and founding Escape to Create, a multi-disciplinary artists’ residency in Seaside FL. A trip to Cuba in 2012 inspired her to devote more time to writing poems. Nancy’s ideal morning is to sip tea, gaze out the window at trees, hawks and clouds, then pick up a ballpoint and write. Presently, she is working on a book-length manuscript.

Admission: $5
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