Heaven Was the Moon

Poetry makes a great Christmas gift

Buy Heaven Was the Moon: Poems by Kory Wells instead of a scented candle for Aunt Ruby this year.

Not sure what to get Uncle Ed or Aunt Ruby for Christmas? Trying, as I am, to support the local economy or artists anywhere this year with your holiday purchases? Have you considered a small volume of lovely and highly readable poetry, inscribed to the recipient, as an inexpensive yet meaningful gift? Heaven Was the Moon sure beats another necktie, coffee mug or scented candle. So don’t wait, order now!

Now, after that word from our sponsor, an update on my poetry book:

As many of you know, my first collection of poetry, Heaven Was the Moon, was released by March Street Press in September, just in time for the Southern Festival of Books. It was wonderful to see so many friends in the audience.

Unfortunately, distribution of my book to local and online bookstores has been a bit slow. Although the Murfreesboro Barnes & Noble has been trying valiantly to get the book for weeks and set me up for an event there, it is not going to happen before Christmas. The book is listed on Amazon now, but still shows 0 in stock. I think that is supposed to change soon.

As some of you know, my daughter Kelsey, now a freshman in college, accompanied my reading with fiddle, banjo and mandolin tunes. One good thing about this delay is that it is giving us time to develop more of a show featuring her music and my words. We are very excited about this and hope to entertain at a venue near you in 2010.  (more…)


Heaven Was the Moon As some of you already know, my poetry chapbook, Heaven Was the Moon, is out! It’s a little perfect-bound collection of 28 poems, published by March Street Press, and of course I’m very excited about it.

My first public event for the book will be at the Southern Festival of Books on Sunday, October 11th, from 2-3 pm, with a signing to follow. I hope to have a big hometown crowd – but those of you who may be in for the festival from other parts of the state or the Southeast, I’ll be glad to see you, too.

My session partner is Brett Eugene Ralph, a poet and musician who leads the Kentucky Chrome Revue band. Between Brett and my daughter Kelsey, we’re hoping to have a little music to go along with the reading.

Our session is listed as The Every Day in Words-New Voices in Southern Poetry : Brett Eugene Ralph, Kory Wells, in the Capitol Library. See http://www.humanitiestennessee.org/festival/sessions.php for the full schedule.

I’m in the process of scheduling other readings, both in middle Tennessee and further away – any place there’s a poetry-friendly crowd! I’ll be keeping folks posted about new events. If you’re interested in me giving a reading and/or “talk” or workshop for your group, either in the balance of this year or in 2010, let me know.

My books are not yet in stores or online, but they are in the trunk of my car. Update: see my website for a current list of ways to buy Heaven Was the Moon. And of course they will be at SFOB. If you can’t make SFOB and would like me to mail you a signed copy, the cost is $11 – $9 for the book plus $2 S/H.

Visit the home page on my website for more about the book, including a few nice things Bill Brown, Linda Parsons Marion, and Darnell Arnoult have said about it: www.korywells.com

Thanks for joining me in celebrating this little milestone on the journey. I hope to see you soon!

Coming Tuesday: Which Sessions to Attend Other than Kory’s? Our Lady’s Primer and Picks for the Southern Festival of Books