Hey there, folks.
March 16th is shaping up to be a fantastic night of truth-stranger-than-fiction. Read on.
Born and raised in the mountains of Honaker, Virginia, Christal Presley is an instructional mentor teacher in Atlanta Public Schools, where she teaches new middle school teachers how to teach. She attained her bachelors and masters degrees from Virginia Tech and her Ph.D from Capella University. Her websites--United Children of Veterans and The Intergenerational PTSD Project--heighten awareness of how post-traumatic stress disorder can be transferred from generation to generation. In her recent memoir, Thirty Days with my Father, Christal talks to her father, from whom she was estranged for 13 years, about two demons that had, in her mind, become synonymous: her childhood and the Vietnam War.
Eileen Drennen is freelance writer and editor who has spent most of the past 30 years in newsrooms, including 22 at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, but now works anywhere with good coffee and decent chairs. She recently completed an MFA in Creative Writing at Queens University in Charlotte, N.C.
Lindsay Byron is a third-year PhD student in Literary Studies at Georgia State University, where her primary areas of focus are late-nineteenth and twentieth century American Literature. Although she currently devotes most of her writing to literary theory and social criticism, creative writing remains her first love, an activity that, like an illicit affair, she visits occasionally during the few gaps within her “real” life. As a new mom to a seven-month-old little boy, these gaps exist only in the form of her son’s two fitful naps a day, a time constraint that leads Lindsay to nickname herself “The Naptime Academic.”
Most recently, Lindsay’s fiction has been published in The Alembic, and her critical work has been published in The Eudora Welty Review and The Southern Literary Journal.
Come out to Kavarna at 8:00 p.m. on March 16th to see all three share artifacts and true tales!