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Poems about relationships, healing helped author move forward

Raleigh poet and fiction writer Maureen Sherbondy puts pen to experience in her latest book. “Belongings” is a collection of poems about dating, relationships and healing.
Raleigh poet and fiction writer Maureen Sherbondy puts pen to experience in her latest book. “Belongings” is a collection of poems about dating, relationships and healing. Main Street Rag Publishing

Raleigh poet and fiction writer Maureen Sherbondy puts pen to experience in her latest book. “Belongings” (Main Street Rag Publishing) is a collection of poems about dating, relationships and healing.

“I write about letting go of relationships and trying to move forward,” Sherbondy says. “This is a result of spending six years in the dating world after my divorce. The first section is labeled ‘Inventory.’ These poems re-examine situations in order to gain an understanding of what transpired. There is an attempt to continuously reflect in order to learn and then to move forward.”

And Sherbondy reports that she is indeed moving on; she got married earlier this month.

“Belongings” is the 10th book for Sherbondy, an English professor at Alamance Community College and a finalist in the Cathy Smith Bowers Chapbook Contest. She will hold a reading at 2 p.m. on June 25 at McIntyre’s Books in Pittsboro.

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In “God, Country, Golf” (WestBowPress), Wesley Hobbs Bauguess shares the devastation and grieving process she went through after her husband, Larry, was shot and killed protecting his Army unit during an ambush while deployed in Pakistan in 2007.

“There is a saying: ‘It can take a lifetime to build something and only seconds for it to come crashing down,’ ” she says. “That’s exactly what it felt like when Larry died. … I didn’t know how I was going to get through it, but over time I realized my life experiences – all the way back to when I was a child – were tools to help me through it.” Bauguess, herself an Army veteran, lives in Wake Forest.

Mel Hanks offers advice to new reporters in “Getting It First and Getting It Right: A TV Reporter’s Guide to Surviving the Trenches” (Outskirts Press). Hanks, a veteran of TV, radio and newspapers, says he wanted to share his more than 40 years of experience so that students and new TV journalists would be prepared for what they will encounter the moment they walk into a newsroom. Hanks lives in Holly Springs.

Awards

Raleigh author Virginia Ewing Hudson was awarded the 2017 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize for her short story “Mother.” Hudson will receive $1,000 and possible publication in The Thomas Wolfe Review. The Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize, which is awarded to a short story of 3,000 words or less, is administered by the Great Smokies Writing Program at the University of North Carolina at Asheville.

Lisa Zerkle of Charlotte won the 2017 Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition for her poem “Relics of the Great Acceleration.” Zerkle will receive $200 and publication in storySouth, an online literary journal dedicated to showcasing poetry of writers from the “new South.” Eric Smith of Carrboro was named runner-up for his poem “Orrery.”

Correction

The May 14 column contained an incorrect online address for the star of “The Adventures of Harry the Inside-Outside Cat” (Mindstir Media). To meet the real Harry, visit www.harrytheinsideoutsidecat.com.

Triangle-area authors: We want to hear about your new book. Send information to bookbeat@newsobserver.com. As space permits, we will mention self-published books by local authors that are for sale on commercial sites.

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