You are invited to “River Walking,” an evening of poems and stories, at The Gallery at High Cotton in downtown Apalachicola This Tuesday evening, June 26, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

This exciting poetry - fiction reading room evening features writer friends, Tina and Jim Braziel.

People are welcome to bring a beverage to this casual listening room-style event. The gallery at 230 Water Street will provide light appetizers.

The event is free to the public. Donations will be accepted at the door to help support the Braziels as they travel to pursue creative careers.

Tina Mozelle Braziel, winner of the 2017 Philip Levine Prize for Poetry, directs the Ada Long Creative Writing Workshop at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She is a recent recipient of an Alabama State Council for the Arts Fellowship. Her collection of poems, Known by Salt, will be published by Anhinga Press.

James Braziel, originally from a peanut farming community in south Georgia, now lives on a ridge in north Alabama where he and his wife are building a glass cabin by hand. His novels “Birmingham,” “35 Miles” and “Snakeskin Road” look at a future dust bowl where the South is ravaged by global warming. His essay on the tornadoes that struck Alabama in April 2011 appeared in The New York Times, and his stories, essays, and poems have appeared in Chattahoochee Review, Appalachian Heritage, Southern Humanities Review, and other places. Most recently he was an artist-in-residence at Hot Springs National Park, he has received fellowships from the Georgia Council for the Arts and the Alabama State Council on the Arts. He teaches creative writing at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and is completing a collection of stories “This Ditch Walking Love” inspired by the hilltop communities near his home in Blount County, Alabama.