Nicole Yurcaba, an English instructor at Eastern WV Community and Technical College, will read her poems and sign her books at a Lost River Trading Post poetry presentation February 23, from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Dr. Stan Galloway, an English professor at Bridgewater College, will join her as a presenter. The Trading Post is located at 295 Main Street, Wardensville.
Admired for a style that "reflects an abiding affection for family, nature, and word," Yurcaba’s book, Backwoods and Back Words, depicts Appalachian rural life — hunting, fishing, farming, the outdoors and more — through poetry, photography and short stories. Her works appear in print in magazines and journals, and on poetry and photography websites, and she has presented her poems at several literary conferences and festivals in Virginia and Georgia.
Yurcaba also teaches English at American National University, substitute teaches in Hardy County Schools, and farms part-time at Branson Farms.
Galloway’s publisher, Unbound Content, describes his collection, Just Married, as "the story of the first six months of a marriage through the eyes of the romantic groom." It "explores the complexity of love”, unveils “unexpected revelations,” and “affectionately strips away the layers of the marital relationship, using finely developed craft to render the story in all its nuances."
An expert on the literature of Tarzan, Galloway has taught courses in American and British literature at Bridgewater for some 20 years. He wrote a dissertation on science fiction, and has developed a special interest in the literature of southern Africa. His poetry appears on numerous literary websites and in print in magazines, journals and quarterlies. McFarland published The Teenage Tarzan, Galloway's book of literary criticism, in 2010.