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PRESS RELEASE: Flood Gallery Fine Art Center

On May 17, 2007, the third Thursday of the month, Flood Fine Arts Gallery will host its monthly poetry reading at 8:00p.m., featuring the following poets:

Ann Barrett was a hairdresser before becoming a writer of both essays and poems. “To be a truly successful hairstylist,” she says, “not only must one have a degree in Psychiatry, one must also give a wicked shampoo.” Ms. Barrett does not have an MFA, but she has published in a variety of journals, including but not limited to The Baltimore Review, Many Mountains Moving, Archipelago, Culturefront, and The Caribbean Writer.

Rick Chess is the author of three books of poetry, THIRD TEMPLE (2007), CHAIR IN THE DESERT (2000), and TEKIAH (1994), wll with University of Tampa Press. He directs the Creative Writing Program and the Center for Jewish Studies, both at UNCA. Recently, he contributed a poem to QuickMuse. He has also been featured as artist of the month on the website for Image: A Journal of Art, Faith, and Mystery, and on PoetryNet, a website edited by the poet Mark Jarman.

Chall Gray lives in Asheville, NC. His writings have appeared in numerous journals and have also been accepted into the Outside Voices Anthology of Younger American Poets, which will be published in January, 2008.

Valerie Finn will be reading her work at the Virginia Festival of the Book in Charlottesville, March 22, at UNCA in April, and at Malaprops in May. Her poems are in the recent issues of Poet Lore, Agenda (England), Best New Poets of 2005, and forthcoming in Prairie Schooner.

Flood Gallery Fine Arts Center is located at 109 Roberts Street in the River Arts District of Asheville North Carolina. For more information, please contact Mark Prudowsky at info@floodgallery.org or call 828-776-8438.

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