Join Main Street Books and Charlotte Writers Club North in welcoming Ann Campanella for a poetry reading and celebration of the release of The Beach Poems.
After 14 years of living with Alzheimer’s, Ann Campanella’s mother passed away in 2007. During a series of retreats at the beach, Ann found the time to embrace memories of her mother and discover herself again amid salt air and the rhythm of the ocean's waves. The Beach Poems is the story, in poetry, of her journey from grief to joy.
Ann Campanella is the author of four collections of poetry and the memoir, Motherhood: Lost and Found. An experienced journalist, her writing has appeared in literary journals, blogs, newspapers and magazines across the country. Twice, she has received the Poet Laureate Award from the North Carolina Poetry Society, and her poems have been featured on Garrison Keillor’s The Writer’s Almanac. She has a degree in English Literature from Davidson College and lives locally on a small horse farm with her family and animals.
Praise for The Beach Poems:
“The Beach Poems is not only a beautiful book, it is a redemptive book, centering on the mysterious spiritual power of the sea.” – Anthony Abbott, Professor Emeritus of Davidson College
“Beautiful, dire language…soulful, contemplative poems…” – Joseph Bathanti , NC Poet Laureate, 2012-14
“Reading The Beach Poems is like pressing a conch shell to one's ear and listening to the sound of waves.” – Terri Kirby Erickson, Becoming the Blue Heron