Now in Print! Earth and Soul: Anthology of North Carolina Poetry, published by Kostroma Writers Organization

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Earth and Soul: an Anthology of North Carolina Poetry was published March 27, 2001, by the Kostroma Writers Organization in cooperation with the Kostroma Committee of Sister Cities of Durham, North Carolina. [See cover art through Adobe Acrobat reader (PDF format)]

Earth and Soul readings are being held throughout the state, beginning with Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte's Spring Literary Festival on March 27. Nine other readings are scheduled April-June.

Culminating 10 years of cooperative projects between the Kostroma Writers Organization and the Kostroma Committee of Sister Cities of Durham, Earth and Soul has been translated, typeset, designed, and printed in Kostroma, Russia.

Judy Hogan, a North Carolina writer and founding editor of Carolina Wren Press, is Project Director in North Carolina, and Mikhail Bazankov, writer, editor and President of the Kostroma Writers Organization, is Project Director in Kostroma. Sharon Ewing, an Alexandria, VA poet, served as Editor.

Bazankov also plans events to celebrate Earth and Soul in the city and region of Kostroma. Hogan has been invited to attend these celebrations in late May.

Selling books is very difficult in the current Russian economic situation, although Russians are avid readers of poetry. In his Afterword to the anthology, Mikhail Bazankov voiced the enthusiasm of the many people who worked on the anthology:

"Editing this book has meant entering a world filled with many different voices created by the human mind and emotions, the innate gifts and talents of many people. Inarguable truths come to mind. Again and again it helps to remember that man is also nature and that by perceiving nature's laws we can know ourselves and become convinced that all existence is united in its diversity."

He also writes:

"Our [Russian] readers will be able to travel imaginatively to a different continent, to visit people of different cultures, to learn about and wonder at the similarity of our feelings, to rejoice at how like each other our ideas on nature and human beings are. Poetic vision can break down many barriers besides language."

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Updated: April 30, 2001