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Regional Meeting: Asheville Poetry Salon

November 13 @ 11:30 am - 3:30 pm EST

Join long-time AHPCS member Mike McCue for a unique event in his home in Asheville, North Carolina, on Wednesday, November 13, 2024.

After gathering at 11:30am in Mike’s 1924 Biltmore Forest house to celebrate its centennial, Members will roam “open stacks” shelved in the Poetry Den and adjacent rooms. His catalogued collection of 1500 volumes includes thousands of American historical prints published in books of verse dating back as far as 1793.

Each participant will accept the task to select a Personal Favorite volume for the Salon. Meanwhile lunch will be prepared, to be served sit-down in the dining room. Following luncheon, participants will gather in the living room bringing their chosen Favorites. Each person will read aloud a poem illustrated with an American historical print, and share their images passing books around the room for conversation and informed commentary.

McCue’s illustrated poetry collection began 25 years ago when he began collecting Prang’s chromo publications illustrated by Louis K. Harlow (1850–1913), Mike’s program topic for our Annual Conference in Massachusetts in May. During a quarter-century his focused Harlow collection expanded greatly in period and scope. November participants will get the chance to find unusual material published all the way into our 21st century, and to discover print “favorites” they’ve never seen anywhere else before.

Attendance is limited to ten at table. Reservation requests can be made via e-mail to organizer Nancy Finlay nfinlay@outlook.com. A $30 donation to AHPCS by check is requested at time of confirmed reservation. Members who already possess Favorites of illustrated verse are cordially invited to bring their books along, to recite from during the Salon. For registrants not familiar with Asheville, North Carolina, Mike can offer suggestions for visiting cultural and scenic sights in the area. Typically mid-November is “late leaf season” but hotel rooms aren’t difficult to find mid-week.

More about Mike McCue

Mike McCue is an independent scholar, speaker and collector with 50 years’ experience in American arts. He has worked with Asheville Art Museum and other organizations to interpret and publish studies, grounded in historical accuracy, for laymen. Mike has served as Trustee for the North Carolina Humanities Council, on grants panels for the National Endowment for the Arts, and on the board of American Historical Print Collectors Society where he chaired the jury for its annual Newman book award.


Image Credits (from top):

Photograph of Mike McCue’s “Poetry Den.” Courtesy of Mike McCue.

“To the Memory of Channing” drawn by Asher B. Durand and engraved by Bobbett and Andrews from Poems by Anne C. Lynch (New York: Putnam, 1849). Courtesy of the American Antiquarian Society.



November 13
11:30 am - 3:30 pm EST
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American Historical Print Collectors Society
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