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New! – A Train Tale and Other Poems

Poems all about trains, Wild West outlaws, and snow, and other odd subjects.  Check it out here:  “A Train Tale and Other Poems”  

Welcome to AshVegas (Asheville Poems)


Asheville, NC is a beautiful place. For those of you who have never seen pictures or have been there, it’s nestled in the mountains, and probably best known for that house that is America’s largest home. 

What else is there about Asheville, that creates such a draw? It usually enjoys all seasons, and is cool all year long with exceptions being winter and summer. It’s scenic. Is there anywhere in Asheville without a perfect view? It’s got a vibrant downtown and Arts scene. There are eateries galore with microbreweries and stores aplenty.

There’s outdoor sports, museums, art events, and historical spots you won’t want to miss. You can do something different every trip, find something for everyone in your family to do that they like, and enjoy great food and maybe find a souvenir or two!

Asheville aka AshVegas is a place you may want to visit again and again or never leave!



  “It turns out LB Sedlacek is one of the most prolific writers of our time. I hardly had time to finish breakfast before two more poetry collections slipped into my omelet. In her latest, The Adventures of Stick People on Cars, you’ll be surprised how much flesh a stick figure can have. These poems, physically thin on the page, are wide with sentiment and even experiment. Take the marriage of what could be separate poems in the blended lines of “Magnificent Bully” as two seemingly separate stories collide together in an almost ekphrastic euphoria. In The adventures of Stick people…, you’ll miss LB’s dad right along with her. You’ll turn every page before your first cup of coffee becomes nostalgia. Watch out for bears.” ~Rick Lupert, author of Hunka Hunka Howdee! and God Wrestler: A Poem for Every Torah Portion

Pocahontas Doesn’t Live in Pocahontas County: West Virginia Poems

Pocahontas County, West Virginia is the subject of the poems in this book. The book is divided into Winter and Summer with poems about how different this scenic spot is up in the wilds and mountains of West Virginia. Poems visit Slatyfork, the Radio Astronomy Center, winter sports, and more. This is your outdoor guide to poetry (with a little bit of indoors thrown in too) to life in this part of West Virginia!



“I have been a fan of LB Sedlacek’s work since I discovered her through Poetry Superhighway several years ago, and The Architect of French Fries may be her best work yet. Lean and by turns warm, salty and with a perfect sprinkling of crispy humor, her poems never fail to satisfy and keep you coming back for more.”        – John Burroughs

“The Architect of French Fries” – Presa Press



I always hate leaving our pets at home when we travel. Last year, our dog sitter cancelled – it was the holidays and we had no choice but to take our family pet with us. Our dog was thrilled to be taken along. Since he was a pup, our dog has learned to travel with us. He is a good little travel buddy. No matter where we are, he always makes sure to keep his pack together! These poems are dog friendly, pet friendly odes to what we did on vacation with our dog – it’s amazing the things you can find an experience once your parameters are changed to ones that must include (or must love) dogs! Woof, woof!

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Return to more poems about LA, Lenoir Area, in this second book featuring poetry from the Facebook page, @poetryinla. This time poems cover our local arts scene such as our murals and the famous Dirt Circle (“Across the Grain” sculpture by Thomas Sayre.) Poems go back in time to what our area was originally known as “Tuckers Barn” and to days of local raw honey and homemade molasses, the old Blue Bell plant and Lenoir High School. Current outdoor sculptures as well a local popular fresco get a nod in this second book, a sequel to “Poetry in LA – Only in LA (LA Poems)” published last year, 2017. There’s also a follow up to the poem “Hibriten Mountain” from the first book with the new poem “Mill Mountain to Hibriten Mountain.” If you enjoyed the first book “Only in LA,” you’ll want to read the follow up book with the new poems, too!



“Words and Bones” new from Finishing Line Press comes out this summer. “You’d never think a skeleton is a complete person. I would have said the same thing about a poem until LB Sedlacek‘s “Words and Bones” came along. It’s a work which truly strips its poems down to their bare bones with all the un-necessary words nowhere to be found, leaving a manuscript of complete and wonderfully brief pieces…”  ~Rick Lupert, author of “God Wrestler”  

The book is $13.99. Include $2.99 per copy for shipping and handling.  Please mail all orders with a check payable to Finishing Line Press at PO Box 1626 Georgetown KY 40324 or order online:  Order “Words and Bones” by LB Sedlacek



This is a chapbook with travel poems from a trip to the North Carolina coast, Ocean Isle, Sunset Beach, Bald Head Island, and to the South Carolina beaches, Myrtle, North Myrtle, Cherry Grove. It’s adventure I seek whenever I take a trip. Some of the adventures are mainstream and well some are not! The best part of planning is not to make a plan! That’s how you have the best adventures! It’s great for me to just be by or near the ocean, the water and the sounds of the waves are so soothing. Please join in this new poetical ocean adventure with me!



Poetry about L.A. (east in North Carolina). These poems are taken from the FB page, Poetry in LA (@poetryinla) created by LB Sedlacek. Poems are about Hibriten Mountain, the annual Sculpture Fest, the annual Blackberry Festival, Wilson Creek, Highways 18 and 90, the antique car shows, old buildings, and the general way of life in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountain area that locals fondly call “LA.” for Lenoir Area.



New:  “Intent” – psychological thriller

The story of “Intent”:  Vinton Ferguson pulls into the Richmond, Virginia area rest stop in his faithful royal blue Ford pickup truck. He hadn’t been late to work in over 40 years. He finds an abandoned car in the parking lot only to be shocked at what he finds inside. Julia Wells and her sidekick assistant Roger gets the case of the accused, Meghan Wright.


Two sisters, Anna and Meghan, were on their way with their parents to the former Heritage USA, but they never make it. Somewhere in Virginia, they pulled off the side of the road after a lengthy argument. Meghan gets out of the car and the Wright’s drive off leaving her there on the highway. When they finally turn around to go back for her, she is gone. The next day the Wright’s are found much like what Vinton found in the station wagon at the rest stop where he works.

Lawyer against Lawyer, a faithful employee, two sisters, a pastor and his wife, a troubled marriage, and a deep religious faith … or not. Is Meghan guilty? Did she have intent?

Find out in the psychological thriller set in Richmond, VA and Morganton, NC from award winning poet and author, LB Sedlacek.


New! – CACKALACKA – Young Adult Dystopian

cacka cover Charleston Silver was just an ordinary boy, an ice runner on Lake James in North Carolina, or what was left. He’d never known what life without ice looked like, none of them did, they’d heard of it but none of them were really sure it ever existed at least not in this corner of western of North Carolina. He stuck to the ice and running. Lake James, when it wasn’t frozen, in places went as deep as 125 feet. Everything was solid ice even the trees were solid blocks of tall frozen ice.  None of them, none of this part of North Carolina knew the sun.  Join Charleston and his crew: Goldsboro, Columbia, Richmond, Wilmington, Jacksonville aka Jackson, and New Bern as they discover what put this particular part of the south, western North Carolina, entirely frozen and in need of the sun.  Do you dare to play the game, the game of Cackalacka?

New Collection of Short Stories



New Release: The Traveling Postcard: and Other True Stories  traveling postcard

These are true stories or helpful articles on writing.

There are so many things to experience in life. As a writer, I enjoy helping other writers succeed or to stir up an interest in writing and literature in those new to it.

The Traveling Postcard and Other True Stories


Musings and more written over the course of a year, month by month. What is it like to go through life as a poet, or to view every day things in a poetical way? 

Excerpts from the book:

“There’s more than one kind of ukulele. Tuning one of them is just like tuning some of the strings on a guitar. All of them: soprano, baritone, pineapple sound different. “

“Ice doesn’t melt in the shade even when it gets warmer. “

“Everyone is a winner! I got a winning flyer for a new car or $25K and another one in a different box where I get mail! Yay! I’m a winner! My Mom went to the dealership and they gave her 2 scratch off tickets. I told her later the fine print says void if there’s a misprint or error on the scratch off mailer – i.e. everyone gets the winning number.
I am not a winner!”

“There’s a mailbox at the end of Sunset Beach a few miles past the pier. It’s stuck up in a corner. People leave notes for their loved ones. It’s a beautiful view of the ocean, the sound, and the mail always needs to be collected even though no one is collecting it.”

“It’s Halloween! The last day of October! Time for trick or treating and such fun. We do trick or treat. I don’t particularly like candy unless it has peanuts or peanut nougat in it. I’d rather have something salty! We have had a pumpkin sitting on the kitchen table that had to be thrown out – it was a small one. The big one outside we just never did decorate or carve! I have one of those pumpkin carving kits, but I haven’t used it in a while. Instead we have a blow up inflatable purple dragon that breathes fire! Much better than any old pumpkin! Happy Trick or Treating day – happy adventures with dragons! May all your dragons be princesses ready to be saved (or princes)! Thank you to my favorite poet, Rainer Maria Rilke, for letting me borrow his line, well sort of!” 

Bridge Ices Before Road by LB Sedlacek


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