• Sweet Potato Queen and Southern heroine Jill Conner Browne is currently gearing up for next month’s book tour (she’ll hit Malaprop’s on Friday, Jan. 18) in support of The Sweet Potato Queens’ Guide to Raising Children for Fun and Profit (Simon & Schuster, 2008). In the meantime, the Queen is thinking of her loyal fans and is
selling rhinestone-encrusted hot-pink travel mugs. And you thought this was going to be about a book!
• For those seeking greater levity (and fewer rhinestones), Kakalak publications is currently accepting entries for its 2008 Anthology of Carolina Poets. While Xpress doesn’t have any prior experience with this company and recommends researching any publisher before sending off your creative work, here are the details:
Natives and current residents of North and South Carolina, as well as non-natives and previous residents whose work specifically relates to the Carolinas, can send poetry and/or visual art for consideration in the publication’s third anthology. The poetry judge is Colette Inez, author of nine volumes of poetry including Spinoza Doesn’t Come Here Anymore.
The deadline for all entries is Thursday, Jan. 10, and the reading fee is $10 per entry (up to five poems). The prize is $300 plus publication. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
—Alli Marshall, A&E reporter