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Glenda Council Beall posted a blog post

Writers Circle around the Table

We are located in Hayesville, NC. In April we begin our new season with outstanding Poet Mike James. Mike will read at Writers' Night Out in Blairsville, GA on Friday evening April 13. On Saturday, April 14, he will teach a class at my studio.Formally SpeakingThis class will focus on different types of traditional poetic forms such as the sonnet, the villanelle, and the sestina, and will also include other verse forms such as erasures, found poems, prose poems, and last poems.Contact Glenda…See More
Mar 12
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Rachel Carson, Silent Spring Chautauqua History Alive at UNC Asheville, OLLI Reuters Center, Manheimer Room

April 15, 2018 from 3pm to 4:30pm
Step inside the revolutionary book, Silent Spring as its author Rachel Carson reveals the reckless destruction of our living world. Written more than 55 years ago Silent Spring inspired the Environmental Movement and has never been out of print. And now you have a chance to ask the author, Rachel Carson, how this came to be. But these aren’t just performances. They’re a chance to step into Living History – to ask questions and go one on one with a women whose books shaped our country and our…See More
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Mar 4
Lynn Hamilton-Rutherford replied to Kathryn Stripling Byer's discussion Mary Adams's new chapbook COMMANDMENT
"This is so perfect ... the thought of every woman, who KNOWS what the men are thinking!  But now at least we have an idea! This makes me happy in a sad, lovely sort of way!"
Mar 4
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Mom in Her Writing Nook ...

She was working on the "About the Authors" section of "Echoes Across the Blue Ridge" when I captured this one morning. Though you can't see it, her coffee cup was within gentle reach that morning. Roxie is at her feet.
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In 1945 Indiana prohibited marriage between a white person and anyone with more than one-eighth "Negro blood." Yet Daniel (black) and Anna (white) gave up family, friends, and eventually even country to create a life together. Their 42-year marriage…
Feb 5
Nancy Werking Poling replied to Rob Neufeld's discussion Bent Creek, the 4-part story
"Rob, Thanks for putting this into one document. I've been following the narrative in the Citizen-Times. I find it an added resource for my next writing project. In 1910 my husband's grandfather (1866-1947) showed up in Missouri and said…"
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Lee Ann Brown replied to Rob Neufeld's discussion Writer Olive Dargan rises from obscurity
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Focusing on the aftermath of the 2008 Financial Crisis, The Bang Bang Brokers tells the story of a hedge fund manager (based on a composite of real life traders) who got rich off of predicting the subprime fallout. His guilt and suicidal impulses lead him to a chance meeting with a Latino Gang, headed by small time weed dealer Ramon (Erik Michael Estrada). In hopes that Ramon will kill him in exchange for the favor, Rolley (played by Donihue) robs a rival Black Gang, earning the pair a ton of…See More
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First speculators of WNC

Zachariah Candler and Waightstill Avery were first land-buyersby Rob Neufeld             “In mid-2010, while compiling the descendant chart for the Zachariah Candler family,” Charles Haller writes in “Pushing the Indians Out,” his book about first developers, “I became interested in Zachariah’s obsession with accumulating land grants issued by the State of North Carolina.”            Zachariah was one of the resident landowners who jumped on the big post-Revolutionary War land sale.            …See More
Jan 29

Six Notable Women of NC book launch Saturday, March 28

Jennifer Pharr Davis and Kathryn Stripling Byer at Prather's Book launch

The official launch of Jack J. Prather's second book of biographies, "Six Notable Women of North Carolina," will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 28th at Grateful Steps Foundation bookstore, 159 S. Lexington Avenue in Asheville.
Two of the Notables will join in the launch and sign their own books:Kathryn Stripling Byer of Cullowhee, North Carolina Poet Laureate from 2005-2009; and Jennifer Pharr Davis, world-record hiker of the Appalachian Trail among both men and women hikers and runners.

Six Notable Women of North Carolina is Jack J. Prather's sequel to Twelve Notables in Western North Carolina, which was nominated for the NC Literary and Historical Association's 2012 Ragan Old North State Award for Non-Fiction (formerly known as The Mayflower Cup). Jack founded the Young Writers Scholarship at Warren Wilson College in Swanannoa near Asheville in honor of the 12 Notables.

The comprehensive condensed biographies feature life and career journeys, as told to the author. They also display photo arrays from various stages of their lives, and testimonials from people 'in the know'.

The women

SHARON DECKER: Former North Carolina Secretary of Commerce and first woman vice president of Duke Power, now the president of a major firm.

JENNIFER PHARR DAVIS: The world record-holder for traversing the Appalachian Trail for both women and men, hikers and runners; and a 2011 National Geographic 'Adventurer of the Year'.

MILLIE RAVENEL: Founder and Director Emeritus of The Center for International Understanding, and the recipient of the 2011 Governor's Award for Excellence and the Citizen of the World Award.

KATHRYN STRIPLING BYER: Former North Carolina Poet Laureate for five years, inducted into the NC Literary Hall of Fame, multiple writing awards for books of poetry, Western North Carolina University faculty member.

ANNE PONDER: Chancellor Emerita of UNC at Asheville, Fellow and Past President of the National Collegiate Honors Council, visiting faculty member of the Harvard University Institutes for Higher Education.

KATHY REICHS. One of 101 Certified forensic anthropologists in the world, professor at UNC Charlotte, noted author of 17 books, the inspiration for and a producer-writer of the 'Bones' television series.

Books by Jack J. Prather are available at
online book sites, bookstores by request, and directly from the author.

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