Writers’ Night Out takes place on with a social hour at 6 p.m. and reading at , followed by open microphone for poets and prose writers. The event is free (food available for purchase) and open to the public. This month, the two featured readers are Ron Salzer and Dana Wildsmith.
Salzer is a writer of fiction with a humorous or ironic twist. He’s been a favorite at Writers’ Night Out since he first started participating four years ago. Salzer has also been a sculptor of iron for over 40 years and builds private property bridges nationwide as president of Bridges to the Other Side, Inc. He lives in Hayesville, NC with his wife Charlene.
Wildsmith's environmental memoir, Back to Abnormal: Surviving With An Old Farm in the New South, was finalist for Georgia Author of the Year. She is the author of five collections of poetry, including most recently, Christmas in Bethlehem. Wildsmith, who lives outside of Atlanta, GA, has served as Artist-in-Residence for Grand Canyon National Park and as Writer-in-Residence for the Island Institute in Sitka, Alaska. She is also a Fellow of the Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences in Rabun Gap, Georgia.
Anyone wishing to participate in the open mic can sign up at the door to read for three minutes. Writers’ Night Out is sponsored by NC Writers Network-West and normally takes place on the second of the month. Its new location is the Union County Community Center, 129 Union County Recreation Rd., Blairsville, Georgia 30512, off Highway 129 near the intersection of US 76, phone (706) 439-6092.