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Zelda Lockhart

Zelda Lockhart is Director of LaVenson Press Studios. She is the author of the award-winning novels Fifth Born and Cold Running Creek and Fifth Born II: The Hundredth Turtle. Lockhart held the honor of the 2010 North Carolina Piedmont Laureate. Her other works of fiction, poetry, and essays have been widely published in a variety of anthologies, journals, and magazines. Lockhart lectures and facilitates a variety of workshops that empower adults and children to self-define through writing. She lives in Hillsborough, North Carolina. Learn more at

Ten Things I Can’t Do Without 

  1. My children
  2. Access to nature all the time
  3. Collards and kale
  4. Clean water to drink and flail around in 🙂
  5. Raisins
  6. Something solid yet soft for my bare feet to dance on
  7. Something solid yet soft to sleep on
  8. A good utility knife
  9. Lotion
  10. A musical instrument to play and sing along with