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Photos by Valerie MacEwan

Ruth Florence Chapman Heinold
April 13, 1917- April 30, 2009

Mother of Valerie MacEwan,

editor and publisher

The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature

Kathryn Stripling Byer, NC Poet Laureate, has posted her reaction to and six poems from my new book of poems, Better With Friends, on her Laureate Blog.

Books make great gifts.  So why not buy a copy of Better With Friends?  After all, it’s a book.  😉

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Writing is not just jotting down ideas. Often we say: “I don’t know what to write. I have no thoughts worth writing down.” But much good writing emerges from the process of writing itself. As we simply sit down in front of a sheet of paper and start to express in words what is on our minds or in our hearts, new ideas emerge, ideas that can surprise us and lead us to inner places we hardly knew were there.

One of the most satisfying aspects of writing is that it can open in us deep wells of hidden treasures that are beautiful for us as well as for others to see.

Are you ready for the Second Annual Poem In Your Pocket Day.  It will be here Thursday, April 30.  So get ready.

Anyone can participate. It doesn’t depend on race, sex, political party, religion, sexual orientation, or what you believe about the death penalty, abortion, or war.

The premise is simple.  Put a copy of a poem you enjoy in your pocket and share it with someone else during the day.

For other ideas, see

I am having some problems with my computer and will likely be offline for a while at some point this week or next.

If you know me and need me, call me.


The offer to buy Better With Friends with no S & H ends at the end of April.  If you plan to take advantage of that offer, you have only a few days to get your check in the mail.


A big thanks to those who have already purchased books and have complimented Bill on his cover photo.  Life is truly “better with friends.”


On Saturday, May 9, 2009, at 2 pm, I have a book readng and books for sale with Jessie Carty and another poet, at Edward McKay Used Books, Winston-Salem, NC.

Jessie Carty is the author of At the A & P Meridiem.

If you live nearby, I hope to see you there.


And BTW, if you haven’t read poet Scott Owens‘ column “Support Your Local Poet” on Musings, now might be a good time.

Scott Owens is the author of The Fractured World.

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A big thanks to Chris Vitiello for listing my poetry readings on Triangulations.  Chris Vitiello is the author of Irresponsibility (Ahsahta Press).

April 2009