Reading Matters

Diana Pinckney to read Tuesday at Charlotte Writers Club

One of the most memorable poetry readings I’ve ever attended was a few years back in a building near Queens University at Charlotte.

Diana Pinckney read from an early collection, and her husband Francis stood at the back of the room with a bouquet of roses in his arms and tears in his eyes. When Diana finished reading, he presented her the roses.

I’d be surprised if there was a dry eye in the room.

I can’t guarantee you either Francis or the roses, but you can hear Diana read this Tuesday at 7 p.m., at the meeting of the Charlotte Writers Club, Providence United Meethodist Church, 2810 Providence Rd.

Her latest collection is “The Beast and the Innocent.”

Diana has won the 2010 Ekphrasis Prize and the Atlanta Review’s 2012 International Poetrty Prize. Her poems have appeared in RHINO, Cave Wall, Green Mountains Review, Tar River Poetry, The Pedestal, Main Street Rag, Iodine and other journals.

The meetings of the Charlotte Writers Club are free and open to the public and convene on the third Tuesday of each month.