Upcoming Readings and Events
March 23: The High Road Festival of Poetry and Short Fiction, Winston-Salem.
Reading: 10:15 - 10:30;
Workshop: "This They Believe: Your Characters Are Not You" 12:30-1:45
April 13: Willingham Story Slam workshop (story development), Kenan Creative Community Lab, 12-2
April 18: Book launch of Bleachers! at BookMarks, Winston-Salem
April 20: April 13: Willingham Story Slam workshop (performance), Kenan Creative Community Lab, 12-2
April 27: North Carolina Writers Network. Workshop: "Stepping Back from Your Writing"
May 18: Willingham Story Slam. Inaugural event. ARTC Theater (formerly The Garage), 4-6
July 27: North Carolina Writers Conference. Panel: "Growing Into Words"
September 7: The Literary Triad Panel with Val Nieman and Jacob Paul, 11:15 - noon, BookMarks Festival
September 7: The Willingham Story Slam, 4 - 6, as part of BookMarks Festival
December 6: Wonderland Book Club, Raleigh, NC 10 am
December 27: Edgewater Beach Apartments, Chicago
Praise for Bleachers
In Bleachers, Joe Mills pulls back the curtain on an oft-ridiculed segment of society, the “soccer mom” (or dad!) and reveals the deeper recesses of the human psyche. The realization that to have a child is “the death of the self,” that some days the best you can do as a parent is “just be there,” and myriad other epiphanies. From Pre-Game to Post-Game, from “Aging” to “Zidane,” there are life lessons for player and parent.
—Shaindel Beers, author of Secure Your Own Mask, Winner of the White Pine Press Poetry Prize
I am not sure I have encountered a writer who can so completely, and continuously, blindside me with a smack of emotion as Joseph Mills always does. Reading several of these stories, I was nodding along, thinking yep, yep, yep . . . and then WHOA. I found pieces of myself in so many of the parents, and so clearly identified other family members and people I know in some of the other characters. I love the connections between the stories and how he perfectly captures life as a parent. This is simply fantastic.
—Jamie Rogers Southern, Bookmarks