Anora McGaha’s father loved poetry. He wrote and performed it. He loved to write funny or biting poems to recite at events, to commemorate occasions and accomplishments.
For whatever reasons, some of us end up liking to whittle away at phrases the way jewelers work stones into gold and woodworkers shape, stain and polish furniture. Anora is one of those.
The themes Anora likes to explore in poetry are belonging and place, our human relationship with wildlife, relationships between people, and a poet’s relationship with his or her own voice.
“In the hills beyond Jerusalem, only the goat bells clang before dawn.”
In October, 2011, North Carolina Poet Kathryn Stripling Byer posted one of Anora’s poems, Kitchen Keeper’s Emerald on her poetry blog Here, Where I Am. Her other blogs are: My Laureate’s Lasso, and her newest, Mountain Woman. Kathryn considers guest submissions.
For the most part, Anora has not submitted work for publication.
Anora occasionally participates or hosts North Carolina writing and poetry events.
In 2011, Anora joined Drew Becker and Tara Lynne Groth at one of the Songs for Peace events with Diogenes Ruiz, and at the Open House for the new Fuquay Varina Stars Theater and Arts Center.
On July 31, 2011, Anora co-hosted Marcy Corprew’s LifeTales book launch at Wake Forest Coffee Company, in Wake Forest, NC.
Anora attended and took photographs at the book launch of Ink on the Wheels by Barton and Megan Cutter, poets, writers and consultants in Raleigh, NC.
poetrySpark in Raleigh NC
In September 2011, between the 15th – 17th Anora helped with poetrySPARK events.
Poetry Events at the Joyful Jewel Art Gallery
On Friday September 23rd, 2011, Anora hosted a Poetry and Creativity evening with 10 poets, five men and five women at the beautiful Joyful Jewel artists cooperative in downtown Pittsboro, North Carolina.
Triangle Area Freelancers
On Saturday April 21, 2012, Anora was one of 10 speakers at the Triangle Area Freelancers 5th Annual Write Now! Writers Conference, speaking on the topic of Building Your Online Platform.
Women Writers, Women[‘s] Books
In the spring 2011, Anora started Women Writers, Women[‘s] Books at www.booksbywomen.org, an online magazine for by and about women writers. In December 2014, collaborator Barbara Bos (Galicia Spain) became the full owner having worked as the managing editor for a couple of years. The site is still up and very active. Follow them on Twitter at @womenwriters.
When Women Waken Literary Journal
May 2013, Anora, with then-intern, Charlene Lewis (Elon University) started what would be a four year run of a literary journal, When Women Waken. Twelve issues would be published in all. We would have two gatherings at the Joyful Jewel art gallery in historic downtown Pittsboro, NC, the last, August, 2016. Many artists with work at the Joyful Jewel shared their work with the journal, Marilyn Penrod, who passed away June 2016; Sarah McTeer Ogburn, Shannon Bueker, Eleven of the issues were traditional journals, one, Our Stories, Too, was a collection of personal narrative stories from women around the world.
NC Poetry Society
In April 2016, the Fourth Sunday Poetry Series hosted by the NC Poetry Society at McIntyre’s Books, invited Anora to read with poets Cedric Tillman, and NC Poet-Laureate, Shelby Stephenson. Anora read from her first chapbook, LossSongs: Poems of Love Lost.
[Updated October 16, 2016]