A great big THANK YOU to the four gracious authors who gave us another successful Appalachian Writers’ Series season!







West Virginia poet and Michigan State University professor Anita Skeen helped us celebrate National Poetry Month in April and a reunion of Tri-Sigma sisters from Concord University! Because of the success of Anita’s visit, Historic Rugby will again celebrate National Poetry Month in 2015. Look for the announcement!

Her website is:  http://rcah.msu.edu/people/faculty-staff/skeen 



North Carolina novelist Terry Roberts brought us A Short Time to Stay Here in June, sharing the story of internment of German civilians at Hot Springs, NC, during World War I. He left us impatient to read his second novel!

His website is:   http://ashorttimetostayhere.com/index.html



Janie Dempsey Watts had the perfect beach book for July. Moon Over Taylor’s Ridge combines conflict, mystery, and romance with a timeless story of coming home to discover yourself. Janie was born in Chattanooga and now lives in the shadow of Lookout Mountain, just across the state line in north Georgia.

Her website is:  http://www.janiewatts.com/



National best-selling author Amy Greene completed our season in September with her second novel, Long Man, a story of community, love and loss set against the backdrop of an east Tennessee town about to disappear beneath the waters of a new TVA dam. Amy is an east Tennessee native who still lives very near where she was born.

Her website is: http://amygreeneauthor.com/


Thank you Anita, Terry, Janie, and Amy for taking time to share your talents with us. We all look forward to return visits.


We would also like to thank Jim McBrayer for creating and developing the Appalachian Writers’ Series of which this was the third season. His dedication and hard work have made this one of Historic Rugby’s most looked forward to events! Thank you, Jim!