For twenty years I’ve been applying. The first time I applied for a grant to write an epic poem about the life of John Lawson and his Indian guide, Eno Will. Sort of an Odyssey for the New World. Well, I’d published just a few poems and never actually read the Odyssey, so the Council […]
North Carolina Writers Conference
No, that’s not a typo. It’s a Conference. Way back in the day, sometime in the 1950s, Paul Green and a bunch of his friends got together and had some drinks and went skinny dipping in Albemarle Sound. As legend goes, he stood and said, Welcome to the first meeting of the North Carolina Writers […]
Hatching New Writing in Siler City
Siler City, once known as a big-town destination for Andy Griffith and his TV sidekick Barney Fife, is still known for its chicken trucks and trains and livestock auction house. It’s also got many fast food restaurants, a Wal-Mart, and Tiendas with fabulous fresh Mexican food. New to the mix, and growing and thriving now […]
Reading under the Covers at Purple Crow Books
Sometimes a reading feels intimate, like the times back when you were a kid and sneaked a flashlight and a favorite book under the covers and just kept going past your bedtime. A reading at Purple Crow Books in Hillsborough was like that this week. I thought how appropriate it was to be reading from […]
Pomegranate Books Homecoming
I don’t live in Wilmington, NC, but sometimes it seems like home. It is the town where my first publisher released my first book. My first review was written by homeboy Ben Steelman, who’s now published the first review of my second book. The bookstore where I first read here, Bristol Books, is no longer […]
Flyleaf Books Rocks!
A wonderful reading at Flyleaf Books! Thank you Jamie and the crew. Got to meet Max Steele’s former wife, how cool is that? got to tell my “went to Crook’s Corner, ate shrimp and grits, and immediately decided to move to the South” story. Anyone who was there, please comment and send pictures!
First Review–Ben Steelman at Wilmington Star News!
First Review–Ben Steelman at Wilmington Star News! Ben Steelman was my first reviewer for SEARCHING FOR VIRGINIA DARE, and he’s the first reviewer for ACCIDENTAL BIRDS. He always has something interesting to say. Here’s a nugget: “Hudson proves herself a fiction writer of considerable craft, and her interplay of personality, nature and fate brings Thomas […]
The Writing Insurrection
Every Tuesday morning I walk into the General Store Café and set up my books and timer on a round table in the back room. Joyce and Vance have kindly given permission for me to run a workshop for writers back there, during a time when the room is closed and mostly quiet. We are […]