I am a philosophy professor at Methodist University in Fayetteville, North Carolina, who also enjoys creative writing. Besides taking nearly every creative writing course at Methodist, I am a 2007 graduate of MTSU's Writers Loft program, and a 2007 graduate of the Odyssey Writing Workshop. My novel, End of Summer, was recently published by WordCrafts Press in Tullahoma, Tennessee, and is currently getting great reviews. My poetry chapbook, From Field to Thicket, won the 2006 Mary Belle Campbell Poetry Book Award of the North Carolina Writers Network. My essay, "Haunted," won the Rose Post Creative Nonfiction Award from the NCWN that same year.
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End of Summer, a Southern Fiction Novel by Michael Potts 


WordCrafts Press and WordCrafts Theatrical Press is participating in Smashwords' National Read An E-Book Week promotion. From now through March 8, all of our titles are available at a 75% discount - but only from Smashwords.

All you have to do is go to the Smashwords website, search "Potts End of Summer," click on the title (to take you to the book's check out page), click the "Buy" button, and use the coupon code REW75.

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A deeply moving and passionate book, Michael Potts’ End of Summer is a poignant literary novel about childhood and memory. This is contemporary Southern fiction at its best. In textured language and with heartfelt attention to detail, Potts’ nuanced portrayal of rural life in southern Appalachia and a young boy’s initial encounter with death reminds us that life at the economic margins can be culturally and spiritually rich, and that even as absences and losses sometimes damage us, these can also strengthen and redeem.

Michael Colonnese, Ph.D.
Author of Sex and Death, I Suppose
and Temporary Agency

Read the review of end of summer at Anisha's blog, "absolutely not sure":

Read the review of End of Summer in The Daily News Journal, the hometown
newspaper of Murfreesboro, Tennessee; it is the third item reviewed in the article.

Read the review of End of Summer in The Pilot, the local newspaper in Southern Pines, North Carolina; it is the third book mentioned in the article.


Join the virtual book event at Jersey Girl Book Reviews. Her review of End of Summer is at: http://jerseygirlbookreviews.blogspot.com/2012/05/end-of-summer-by-michael-potts.html

Jersey Girl's interview with me is at: http://jerseygirlbookreviews.blogspot.com/2012/05/author-interview-michael-potts-author.html

Read the review of End of Summer at "the book notebook", at: http://ireadanything.tumblr.com/post/20052128148/end-of-summer-by-michael-potts-genre-general

Read Meredith Jacobs' review of End of
Summer in the Fayetteville (NC) Observer, January 29, 2012 at: http://fayobserver.com/articles/2012/01/29/1153069

Read Mark Sneed's review of End of Summer at:

A Conversation with Southern Novelist Michael Potts, at:
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