Poetry and photography: common arts

Transylvania County Library, Rogow Hall

Tuesday, November 15 – noon

The Noontime Notions program series at the Transylvania County Library continues at noon on November 15 with author and poet Dr. Ken Chamlee’s presentation, Poetry and Photography: Common Arts. Noontime Notions programs feature authors, performers and presenters offering engaging notions for consideration, enjoyment and discovery. The program will take place in the Rogow Hall of the Transylvania County Library and is made possible by the Friends of the Library. The presentation will last approximately one hour.

Photographs present images and words evoke them. Chamlee will explore the close ties between these two common arts by sharing a selection of vibrant photographs paired with poems from her new collection “If Not These Things” (Kelsay Books, 2022). Chamlee will be joined by Vivian Bikulege, her student from the 2022 Gilbert-Chapell Distinguished Poet Program sponsored by the North Carolina Poetry Society.

Chamlee retired in 2018 as Emeritus Professor of English at Brevard College where he taught composition, literature and creative writing for 40 years. Her poems have appeared in The North Carolina Literary Review, Tar River Poetry, Cold Mountain Review, Pinesong, Kakalak, and many other places. He has two contest-winning chapbooks, “Absolute Faith” (ByLine Press) and “Logic of the Lost” (Longleaf Press), and is a 2022 Gilbert-Chappell Poet Emeritus for the North Carolina Poetry Society. A book of poems, “If Not These Things,” was published by Kelsay Books in 2022 and his poetic biography of 19th-century American landscape painter Albert Bierstadt, “The Best Material for the Artist in the World,” is forthcoming. Stephen F. Austin University Press in 2023. Learn more at www.kennethchamlee.com.

Vivian Bikulege is a mentee in the North Carolina Poetry Society’s 2022 Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet Program. Nominated for Pushcart, Vivian has been published in the Broad River Review, Witness: Appalachia to Hatteras, Pinesong, Flying South, among others. She is the winner of the 2018 Carrie McCray Memorial Literary Award for her essay “Cuttings”, published by Bloomsbury Academic’s Reading as a Writer. She holds a Masters in Creative Non-Fiction from Queens University at Charlotte and lives in Brevard.