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Dear Members of the Byron Herbert Reece Society:
Reece Presentation at the Dahlonega Literary Festival 3/4/23
The Dahlonega Literary Festival will open its 18th Annual Event on Saturday, March 4, 2023, at the Dahlonega Baptist Church with a new participant this year. The Byron Herbert Reece Society has a reserved Table in Room number 30 in the Downstairs Section at the back of the Dahlonega Baptist Church. Byron Herbert Reece is recognized in the category of Regional Writer in a Special Events Section. Our program being presented is entitled “WHEN I’M BEYOND THE REACH OF SONG – GEORGIA’S MOUNTAIN POET LAUREATE BYRON HERBERT REECE”. You may join us in Room No. 30 at 10:00 A.M until 10:50 A.M. We will return to that same room in the afternoon and have novels and collections of poetry written by Reece available for sale.
The program will be led by Moderator and Reece Society Board Member, Ken Akins. Distinguished Speakers will include Dr. John Kay, Charter Member of the Byron Herbert Reece Society and Chairman of the Board for over 14 years, Dr. Ruth Looper, Reece Society Board Member and Professor of Literature at Young Harris College, and Mr. Justin Shook, Reece Society Member and Instructor of History and Literature in Northeast Georgia. All are are Reece Scholars and excellent speakers. Several Reece Poems will be recited and discussed briefly. Topics will include Reece’s life and works on his Appalachian Farm, themes of nature, death, love, links to Biblical Scripture, comparisons with other American authors, and the closeness of Reece’s writings to the land, the purpose and mission of the Byron Herbert Reece Society, the relevance of Reece’s works yesterday, today and in the future.
Again the Event is Dahlonega Literary Festival 2023. The entire Festival begins at 9:00 A.M. through 6:00 P.M. The address for Dahlonega Baptist Church is 234 Hawkins Street, Dahlonega, GA 30533. Parking is in back of the church. For full information, search link, www.literaryfestival.org . Click on the “Schedule” tab to find information about lunch tickets, locations, other authors and speakers. I understand that this is a well attended event each year by authors, readers, book seekers and speakers.
Reece Program at Athens Regional Library
This program consisting of ballads/poems written by Byron Herbert Reece, nationally acclaimed and award winning writer of poetry and fiction and native of Union County in North Georgia. Ralph McGill, Editor and publisher of the Atlanta Constitution has called him probably the best poet in America in his time.
The Byron Herbert Reece Society’s mission and purpose “to preserve, perpetuate, and promote the literary and cultural legacy of the Georgia mountain poet/novelist, Byron Herbert Reece”. In addition to enhancing both knowledge of and appreciation for his writings, efforts will be made to honor his way of life, with particular emphasis on his love of nature and his attachment to farming.
He is known today as the poet whose old-fashioned, finely crafted ballads and lyrics celebrate the life and heritage of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Performed by Jacqueline Elsner, accompanied by Jerry Taylor on the reed organ. (The Byron Herbert Reece Society deeply appreciates the dedication and talents of both Ms. Elsner and Mr. Taylor in the presentation of this program! )
Great things are happening in 2023!
Stay tuned for Opening Dates, Events, and more excitement! And as a teaser – check this out!
On behalf of the Byron Herbert Reece Society, “Congratulations to Edward Gadrix on this high honor of placing as a Quarterfinalist in the competition for the 2023 Atlanta Film Festival”. Mr. Gadrix has written and presented to the competition a screen play adapted from the novel THE HAWK AND THE SUN, written by highly acclaimed poet and novelist Byron Herbert Reece.The Reece Society appreciates your tremendous efforts in furthering the Legacy of Byron Herbert Reece. We look forward to updates from you,
THE HAWK AND THE SUN (Copyright 1955) was published by E.P. Dutton & Co., Inc. Reece dedicated his novel to his sister Eva Mae Reece.
Jerri Gill, Chair
Annual Meeting of the Reece Society
May 14, 2022 at 10 a.m.
Spring is here!
Join us at the Farm for our 11th season opening on April 13th, 2022.