Franklin author releases book

Published 10:13 am Friday, January 4, 2013

Virginia Clark of Franklin recently released her book, “Light Poetry from the Heart.”

Virginia Clark displays her book, “Light Poetry from the Heart.” -- Gwen Albers | Tidewater News

The 146-page paperback includes poems she wrote that focus on “what she has lived and what she’s gone through” coupled with inspiration to let the reader know “you’re not alone.”

Virginia began writing poetry as a teenager. Her inspiration was her mother, who always read to her, and her father, a bishop who made her memorize parts of the Bible.

Virginia comes from a small town on the East Coast. She married at an early age and raised a family. When her children grew up, Virginia went to college for writing.

Selling for $20, the book is available on and Barnes and Noble. Two poems are available for Kindle.

• An overdue congratulations goes to Eric Horgan, who took first in the Williamsburg Got Talent competition at Kimball Theatre.

A Southampton Academy graduate, Eric went home with $500 for his percussive acoustic guitar and blues-singing performance.

Eric grew up in Courtland and went to The College of William and Mary to study kinesiology and health. He lives in Williamsburg.

• Chris Hanslits of Zuni was selected Ham of the Year for 2012 at the Western Tidewater Radio Association’s annual Christmas party at the Villas of Smithfield.

Chris was chosen for his continued support of the Amateur Radio Emergency Service Corps of Isle of Wight and surrounding counties.

• I recently came across a program from the Newsoms High School 1953-54 reunion held on March 11, 2006, held at the Sebrell Community Center.

Classmates from ’53 included Rosser Bryant, Jackie Cogsdale, Shirley Culpepper, Mary Elizabeth Francis, Thomas Joyner, Norman Porter, Jane Railey and Ann Story.

From the Class of 1954 were Peggy Jane Fuller, Flora Ann Futrell, Melvin Vernon Gray, Carolyn Ritter Johnson, David Logan McClenny, Constance Story “Connie” O’Berry, Catherine Adelle Porter, Robert Worrell Ruckle, Nancy Elizabeth Thorpe, Betty Jean Vick and Bobby Milton Vick.

GWEN ALBERS is managing editor of The Tidewater News. Her email address is