One of the best things about publishing my first book has been the opportunity to meet and develop friendships with so many other writers. Last summer, at Bread Loaf, I had the pleasure of meeting Ross White, a Durham-based poet and the founder and executive director of Bull City Press. Ross and I talked about our wish for a writing center in the Triangle–somewhere that could host classes, readings, lectures, and parties for readers and writers.
And so The Hinge was born! Mostly, this has happened thanks to Ross’s energy and resourcefulness, but as the months have passed, we’ve gathered a significant number of poets, novelists, short story writers, essayists, memoirists, and playwrights who have donated their time and talents to developing the organization. The Hinge’s mission is “to support, nurture and connect local writers, as well as readers and the larger literary community.” We’re very excited about our launch party tomorrow at the Pinhook in Durham, which will feature readings, music, a book exchange, and a chance to win a free class.
One of our first official offerings at The Hinge will be summer classes in fiction and poetry. I’m c0-teaching with my friend Anne Raeff, author of Clara Mondschein’s Melancholia, and poet and At Length editor Jonathan Farmer will lead a poetry workshop. Click here for more details–or come by The Hinge’s launch party and win something!