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Emily Pitts

Hesler is holding a book event for “What Makes You Think You’re Supposed to Feel Better?” on Oct. 27 at New Dominion Bookshop, which is free and open to the public.

Jody Hobbs Hesler embraces the power of bad feelings

Hesler — who currently teaches at WriterHouse in Charlottesville — also writes longer novels, one of which will debut in November. She said that she considers both shorter and longer form writing important parts of her writing identity.

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The singer began to choke up through her first few personal lines, singing “When I turned 20, I was overcome / by the thought that I might not turn 21.”

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