Becoming the Blue Heron Book Launch Gala & Fundraiser for The Centers for Exceptional Children (CFEC)


When: 7 p.m., Monday, March 27, 2017

Where: The Barn at Reynolda Village, 106 Reynolda Village, Winston-Salem, NC (

Special GuestsCameron Kent (Emmy-winner), Cathy Watson (Jazz Vocalist), Karen Kendrick (Jazz Pianist), Kathryn Milam (Readings on Roslyn), Nancy Griffith (Executive Director, CFEC), Kevin Morgan Watson (Press 53)

Award-winning poet Terri Kirby Erickson’s “Becoming the Blue Heron (Press 53) Book Launch Gala and Fundraiser for The Centers for Exceptional Children,” a FREE event sponsored by “Readings on Roslyn,” will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 27, 2017, at The Barn at Reynolda Village, 106 Reynolda Village in Winston-Salem, NC.

Terri Kirby Erickson will donate 10% of every copy of Becoming the Blue Heron sold that evening, to The Centers for Exceptional Children, (The CFEC), which cares for and strives to prepare children with developmental delays, orthopedic disabilities, and/or other long-term chronic health impairments, for productive and fulfilling futures.

Relax and enjoy refreshments, musical entertainment by lovely and talented jazz vocalist Cathy Watson, who has performed throughout the United States, Bermuda, and Europe, and will be accompanied by amazing jazz pianist Karen Kendrick; artwork by Stephen White, whose work has appeared in MoMA; along with a special guest appearance by author and former WXII 12 lead anchor Cameron Kent; and of course, poetry from Terri Kirby Erickson’s new collection, Becoming the Blue Heron!

Becoming the Blue Heron is Erickson’s fifth full-length collection of poetry, and is being published by Press 53.  Her poems and essays have appeared in The Writer’s Almanac, Atlanta Review, 2013 Poet’s Market, Asheville Poetry Review, storySouth, Land Rover Monthly, O.Henry Magazine, American Life in Poetry, JAMA, Cutthroat, North Carolina Literary Review, Literary Mama, NASA News & Notes, Connotation Press, Verse Daily, The Christian Science Monitor, and numerous other publications.  Awards include the Joy Harjo Poetry Award, Nazim Hikmet Award, Nautilus Silver Book Award, Atlanta Review Publication Prize, and many others.

Cameron Kent worked as a reporter and news anchor at WXII-12 News in Winston-Salem for 32 years, before retiring in December, 2016. He has been nominated for 14 Emmy Awards, and won an Emmy for his reporting on the Pentagon after 9/11. He has also published three novels: The Road to Devotion, When the Ravens Die, and Make Me Disappear. The Road to Devotion was the 2011 selection for Forsyth County’s “On the Same Page” program. His writing credits also include four films which have aired on NBC, HBO, Lifetime, and at the American Film Institute.

Cathy Watson has traveled the world singing jazz and standards with the now defunct Piedmont/US Airways Jazz Orchestra, and even spent some time with a local band, Double Take, singing R&B and beach music. She now performs with various jazz combos at private functions in North Carolina while working for American Airlines. She lives in Winston-Salem with her husband, Press 53 publisher Kevin Morgan Watson, and their children.

The Introduction to Becoming the Blue Heron was written by poet, author, and educator, Dr. Felicia Mitchell.  The cover artist is Stephen White, and the cover design is by Kevin Morgan Watson.

So mark your calendar and please join us at the fabulous, newly renovated Barn, (which includes ample, accessible parking), for a night of poetry, jazz, art, and refreshments, as well as the chance to make a difference in the lives of these exceptional and much loved children.

For more information, contact Terri Kirby Erickson at

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Terri Kirby Erickson

Special Guests:

Cathy Watson
Cameron Kent