Popular poet Barbie Angell releases ‘Roasting Questions’ Friday at the Hop West


None other than Roseanne Cash is a fan of local poet Barbie Angell, who will read and sign at the launch event of her new book.

Facebook event here.

From a press release:

Barbie Angell Releases “Roasting Questions” on 12/14 at The Hop West ~ Free show
Barbie Angell’s Children’s Book Roasting Questions
Poems & Illustrations
Official Release, Book Signing & Free Show
Friday, December 14th @ Hope Ice Cream
7-9pm, Free and fun for the whole family!
721 Haywood Road, Asheville, NC 28806
Preview the book at www.RoastingQuestions.com
Barbie Dockstader Angell was named in the Top Three for 2011 & 2012’s “Best of WNC poets.” –Mountain Xpress Readers Poll
“Barbie’s poems are reminiscent of Shel Silverstein, but totally unique to her sensibility. They are infused with a bright spirit, a heart that seeks and explores, and a gentle insight. Even though the poems are about the gamut of human emotions and the subtle twists of perspective that happen with repeated experience, her words are never proselytizing or lofty. Her ‘anthropomorphizing’ of feelings (‘irony tastes like fudge’) is quirky and engaging. I imagine children and adults both will revel in
her work– both her poetry and her wonderful drawings.”  —Rosanne Cash
“Art is about oblique angles — seeing things in ways we’ve never seen them before. Barbie has a gift for that, and this book is a generous invitation to the rest of us to climb inside her quirky head for a delightful ride.”  —David LaMotte

“In her poetry Angell opens up her soul for all to see. She discusses her shortcomings, her views on life, lessons learned and a host of other topics.You can definitely read strength in what she is saying and like all good writers she speaks not only for herself but of life in general and of the status quo.” —Rapid River Magazine


ASHEVILLE, NC–   A delightful book of children’s poems & illustrations Roasting Questions by Barbie Dockstader Angellwill be officially released for the holiday season on Friday, December 14th at The Hop West Ice Cream Shop in West Asheville. The event is from 7-9pm and will include a free, family-friendly poetry show with pieces from the book. RoastingQuestions is highly recommended for kids, you, your friends and for anyone with an imagination! The book is available to preview at RoastingQuestions.com. Please check it out & consider buying–& sponsoring (which will get you some great goodies!)

Angell, an Asheville favorite, was named in the top three for 2011 and 2012’s Mountain Xpress “Best of WNC poets.” Barbie Angell is not just a prominent poet, but also a gifted illustrator. Roasting Questions, her first book, features original illustrations as well as child-friendly poems for all ages.

“My goal has always been to reach people who don’t know they like poetry, and convince them that they do,” Angell says.

A self-described “writer who rhymes,” Angell’s affinity for rhyme grew naturally from a youth spent devouring the works of Shel Silverstein and Lewis Carroll. In fact, Roasting Questionsfeatures several nods to the Where The Sidewalk Ends author. Rosanne Cash, who knew Silverstein, says, “Barbie’s poems are reminiscent of Shel Silverstein, but totally unique to her sensibility. They are infused with a bright spirit, a heart that seeks and explores, and a gentle insight.”

Angell brings her witty humor to ice-cream shops, schools, libraries, parties, and also performs her unique “bar poetry” in more adult settings. Asheville’s Mountain Xpress writes, “Local poet Barbie Angell is known for her mischievous sense of humor (in case you missed it a
year-and-a-half ago, go here for Angell’s Rapture Survival tips), her fanciful, elfin-inspired fashion, and (most importantly) her poetry.”

Roasting Questions is published through Grateful Steps Publishing, a nonprofit publishing house based in Asheville, NC. The book can be previewed and pre-ordered at www.RoastingQuestions.com, and will be released officially on December 14th 2012. A portion of the proceeds from the book will be donated to Mooseheart Child City, where Angell lived for four years.

For more information about Barbie Angell or Roasting Questions, visit www.barbieangell.com,facebook.com/barbieangell or follow @barbieangell on Twitter.

Publishing Contact: Grateful Steps Publishing, 828-277-0998info@gratefulsteps.org,http://gratefulsteps.org/roastingquestions/