Reflections and notes on the relationship of art to nature and of nature to art from along Warwoman Creek, in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Katuah Province of Turtle Island, where the light, the dark, the seasons, the time of deep past, deep present and deep future all mix in alchemal mists to reveal and hide and transform these slopes, shaded coves, bright rivers, deep forests and me, and together sustain me and my art.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Movie: Poetry Reading at the Chattooga River, November 26, 2011

Poetry Reading at the Chattooga River, NE Georgia, November 26, 2011, sponsored by Georgia Forest Watch. Original poetry by Laurence Holden and original music by Marie Dunkle on fiddle.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Debut of my new poem with original music "Let Us Gather at This River"

October 24, 2011 - Debut of my new poem "Let Us Gather at This River" - a long poem with original music by cellist Marie Dunkle at Poets Live,  preview event for the 2011 Georgia Literary Festival, Sautee-Nacoochee Center, Sautee, Georgia

Wednesday, July 6, 2011


Body Tree, 2011
Oil on canvas, 40"h. x 30"w.

Seeing Through, 2011
Oil on canvas, 29"h. x 32"w.

The Mountain Opens to Speak Its Name, 2011
Acrylic on polyester, 82"h. x 78"w.

Monday, May 30, 2011


My two poems 'The Gate,' and 'Old Plank Road Pottery' just received honorable mention awards from The Byron Herbert Reece Society.

This year's competition was judged by poet Jim Clark, the Elizabeth H. Jordan Professor of Southern Literature and Writer-in-Residence at Barton College

I am especially proud of this award associated with the poet Byron Herbert Reece, as our work shares in common a deep love for these North Georgia Mountains.

The Byron Herbert Reece Society exists to preserve, perpetuate, and promote the literary and cultural legacy of the Georgia mountain poet/novelist, Byron Herbert Reece.  In addition to enhancing both knowledge of and appreciation for his writings, efforts will be made to honor his way of life, with particular emphasis on his love of nature and his attachment to farming.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Poem just accepted for Anthology 'The Reach of Song'

My poem "Breaching" has just been accepted for the anthology 'The Reach of Song' to be published this summer by The Georgia Poetry Society.

Monday, April 18, 2011

SING ME THE CREATION! Poetry Presentation Saturday, April 23rd

 Well, it's Spring and time to come out of winter.
Yesterday the Wood Thrush started singing on Rainy Mountain ,
the Monarchs have returned to Warwoman Creek,
So it's time to sing.
So join me for:

Sing Me The Creation!
Poems for the Earth, Poems for Coming Home
by Laurence Holden

Saturday 2:00 p.m. April 23, 2011
Hwt 441 N, Mountain City, Ga.

A poetry presentation dedicated to the earth,
 and finding our true place here.
 The work to speak to a deeper, more intimate relationship
with nature. 

Laurence’s poetry has appeared in three recent anthologies, and
his most recent work appears in this Spring’s issue of Appalachian Heritage. His recent limited edition book Take Me to the River: Poems & Paintings For Coming Home debuted at last year’s Wild & Woolly Book Festival sponsored
by Georgia Forest Watch.