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Learn more about the “Hull Crossing Chronicles” and its companion Series “Key to History,” inspired by the Northern Neck of Virginia.

Denise Aileen DeVries is a translator and writer from Colorado who lived in Arizona for four years after forty years on the east coast. In the spring of 2020, Denise and her husband, artist Alvaro Ibañez, returned to their Virginia home to continue developing a retreat center for the arts.

This April, in addition to holding the grand opening of Alvaro’s Surreal Arizona gallery, Denise will be leading two writing workshops. On April 17 at 2:00 p.m. the gallery will host “AromaWriting,” part of the Bay Center’s Project Self-Care. She will also talk about legacy poetry at Lancaster Library at the end of the month.

In 2020, Denise’s writing seemed to blossom like the spring flowers that surround our 40-acre property. Early in the year, the Tempe Library Readers Theater performed her play, A Two-Faced Spinster. After returning to Kilmarnock in March, she continued the Bilocalalia blog. In November, Chesapeake Style Magazine published the first section of Denise’s three-part article called “Growing up in the Northern Neck.”

Denise finished her historical fiction novels, Sweet Tea and Vinegar Pie and Prickly Pear Lemonade, which are available in print and as e-books. They are part of the Hull Crossing Chronicles series.

She is currently working on a companion series called the Key to History. Delia Ibañez designed the cover for the first two books in the series, Staying Indoors and Steamboats and Ghost Crabs. Alvaro provided the cover art for all of the novels.

The Tempe Legacy Writing Club entrusted Denise with the task of editing their illustrated poetry collection, Measured Moments, the way we see it, which came out in October 2020.

Denise’s books can also be checked out at the Lancaster and Northumberland County Libraries.