The Richmond Register

November 25, 2012

Novelist Jensen, poet Hensley to read at RAAC on Thursday


Special to the Register

RICHMOND — Author Nancy Jensen’s debut novel “The Sisters” has received the kind of endorsements writers dream of receiving. Oprah Winfrey’s “O. Magazine” placed it on its fall reading list, “Good Housekeeping” listed it as a Goodread and Kirkus Reviews named it among the Best Fiction of the year.

The work in poet Julie Hensley’s poetry chapbook “The Language of Horses” has been described as “the language of life rising.” The two-time winner of Southern Women Writers Emerging Voice Awards puts her talents on full display in this collection. 

On Thursday, Nov. 29, at 7 p.m. Jensen and Hensley — both faculty members of the Bluegrass Writers Workshop — will appear at the Richmond Area Arts Council, 399 W. Water St., and read from their work.

In addition to reading, Jensen and Hensley will take questions and sign copies of their books at the RAAC event. Admission is free and refreshments will be provided. The Arts Council will be accepting donations to help sustain its programming.

Positive reviews and enamored readers kept the hardcover edition of Jensen’s “The Sisters” on the American Booksellers Association Bestseller List for seven weeks. Now the paperback edition has hit the ABA List where it has remained for multiple weeks. Target stores recently began featuring “The Sisters” on its shelves nationwide and dubbed Jensen an “emerging author” to watch.

More than just a poet, Hensley has received multiple nominations for the prestigious Pushcart Prize, and her stories received the Everett Southwest Literature Award. She has published in such varied publications as “The Pinch,” “Indiana Review,” “Quarterly West” and “Blackbird.” “The Language of Horses” stands on firm ground aside all her previous accolades.