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Nancy Werking Poling at Black Mountain Library

June 15, 2019 from 3pm to 4pm
Can women rescue the planet from ecological disaster?Nancy Werking Poling will launch her new novel, WHILE EARTH STILL SPEAKS, set in WNC. She'll tell the stories behind the story: How did Mary (more crone than virgin) get into the narrative? And Mary Surratt, a co-conspirator of John Wilkes Booth?See More
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Flat Rock history via a road

Travelling back in time on a Flat Rock roadby Rob Neufeld             If you walk the one mile length of North Highland Lake Road in Flat Rock, you step nearly 200 years into the past.            At the east end, the 21st century reigns.  Fronting six-lane Spartanburg Highway, a super-Ingles sits above a bog; and a CVS store faces an Octopus Garden smoke shop, a chiropractor, a cell phone provider, and a six-lane avenue to I-26 a mile away .            Neither Ingles nor CVS carries the big…See More
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Connie Regan-Blake Storytelling at Hendersonville Public Library at Henderson County Public Library - Main Branch

June 13, 2019 from 6pm to 7pm
Join Connie Regan-Blake for a family oriented evening of stories at the Hendersonville Library.See More
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Connie Regan-Blake’s 14th Annual Summer Storytelling Retreat & Adventure at StoryWindow Productions

July 14, 2019 at 10am to July 20, 2019 at 4pm
Come to the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville for 7 days of story-listening & story-telling along with coaching, community & supportive exploration. This 14th annual workshop welcomes all levels of expertise, from beginner to experienced teller. Participants discover ways of being in the world that nurture your creative flow while developing skills to: Find, create, learn, and polish storiesEffectively integrate voice with image,…See More
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Connie Regan-Blake presents A Slice of Life: An Evening of Stories at Black Mountain Center for the Arts

April 6, 2019 from 7:30pm to 9pm
Please join nationally celebrated storyteller, Connie Regan-Blake, as she hosts her workshop participants in an enchanting evening of storytelling in “A Slice of Life: An Evening of Stories.” Here are the tellers for our April 6th “Slice of Life” performance.  Christine Phillips Westfeldt, Kyra Freeman, Steve Tate, Alberta Hipps and more! The event is hosted by the …See More
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Connie Regan-Blake's Taking Your Story to the Stage Workshop at StoryWindow Productions

April 5, 2019 to April 7, 2019
The focus of this “Taking Your Story to the Stage” 3-day workshop is on storytelling performance. Each participant is asked to come with a story that is almost “stage-ready.” Set in Connie’s home tucked in the beautiful mountains surrounding Asheville, NC, this workshop provides a supportive,…See More
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Stealth Hazy - 'Gun Clap'

Stealth Hazy - Gun ClapI got 80 rounds with a beam on it riding dirty I'm smoking chronic top off hear that system pound 808 thats subsonicI double down quadruple upstraight droppin with no cutwilt chamberlain on the reboundand you a fan just starstruckI…See More
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Connie Regan-Blake’s 14th Annual Summer Storytelling Retreat & Adventure at StoryWindow Productions

July 14, 2019 at 10am to July 20, 2019 at 4pm
Come to the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville for 7 days of story-listening & story-telling along with coaching, community & supportive exploration. This 14th annual workshop welcomes all levels of expertise, from beginner to experienced teller. Participants discover ways of being in the world that nurture your creative flow while developing skills to: Find, create, learn, and polish storiesEffectively integrate voice with image,…See More
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Montreat College Friends of the Library Celebrate National Library Week at Graham Chapel, Gaither Hall, Montreat College, Montreat, NC

April 9, 2019 from 3pm to 5pm
Patti Callahan, author of the recent novel Becoming Mrs. Lewis, and Don W. King author of Out of My Bone: the Letters of Joy Davidman, A Naked Tree: Love Sonnets to C. S. Lewis, and Yet One More Spring: a Critical Study of Joy Davidman, will co-present on their works about Joy and her husband C.S. Lewis.  The event is free and open to the public on April 9, 2019 in Graham Chapel, Gaither Hall, Montreat College.Reception and Book signing to followSee More
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TWO NEW APPALACHIAN NOVELS

I have, just released two Appalachian Novels.OUT OF THE SHADOWS, begins deep in the Appalachian Mountains of in WNC. It is partly a true story about a young man who ran away from home at the age of fifteen. He meets another runaway, and they fall in love.A journey where he faced adversaries, but also success as he walked, hitchhiked, and made his way across the country.GONE LIKE A CANDLE IN THE WIND, is a story of three young people growing up in a farming community in the Appalachian…See More
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The Main Show

The Main Show: a story-poem stage presentation(part of  Living Poem)See video of Act 1, Scene 1: The SettingPrologue Narrator:   Don’t listen, children, and do not hear.(A monster is coming and there’s no escapeWithin this story, and no good way to tell it, Except to gaze at the horror as at a flower,A disaster streaming off extremes it breedsEverywhere and in our…See More
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Hollywood Pictures Inc in Fairview

In the 1920's it seemed the whole country was caught up in excitement about films and Hollywood.    Asheville and Western North Carolina were well aware of the hoopla of Hollywood.   In fact, Hollywood (or at least filmmaking) was already beginning to come to Western NC.I recently stumble across an article from the Jun 6 1926 issue of The Asheville Citizen Times which mentions that Hollywood Pictures Inc, was planning to film just south of Asheville, near Fairview.  But....was this really…See More
Jan 23

Fifty local women writers dwell on place

by Rob Neufeld

 

            Two local authors, Nancy Dillingham and Celia Miles, have combined as editors to publish Women’s Spaces Women’s Places—from 50 WNC Women Writers.

            Like their two previous anthologies, Clothes Lines and Christmas Presence, the new book has a theme.

            “Seeking and finding of space and place,” is the touchpoint, represented by a Virginia Woolf quote: “Give a woman a room of her own and let her speak her mind.”

 

Factory worker’s haven

 

            Miles herself has a piece in the book that makes the most of three pages.

            Thinking about “when a heightened sensibility of surroundings engulfs you,” Miles proceeds to write about—not “a warm meadow bathed by grassy odors,” but a department store lunch counter.

            The narrator works in a windowless, dehumanizing factory, assaulted by machine noises, speed-up orders, sweat, perfume, dust, and “ear-splitting…sputterings from the spastic intercom system.”

            At the end of each work day, she and her friend go to the one place where they can transform back to human, despite or because of the crying babies and popcorn smell.

 

Many fine pieces 

 

            There are many very fine pieces in “Women’s Spaces”; and others that are charming or personal but not as professionally crafted.  In a book that serves partly as a sharing from a community, this critique may be off point.

            Jennifer McGaha, non-fiction editor for the “Pisgah Review” at Brevard College, shows impressive craft in her five-page essay, “Vampire Run.” 

            “Say you want to become a runner,” she writes.  “You begin by buying a used treadmill and sticking it in the room above your garage.  This is also the room your teenage sons use for…playing video games.”

            Then McGaha does something remarkable.  Making “you” the protagonist, she spools the story out as a single ribbon, though it traverses weeks and years. 

            “Sometimes, from that tiny window by the road, you see seasoned runners going past,” she writes.  “You want to try running on the road.”  One thing leads to another.  You are testing your strength.

 

Dusting, not running

 

`           “I am clearing the clutter/ a real dust up/ that both elevates and deflates,” Nancy Dillingham begins her poem, “Clearing the Clutter.” 

            Nearly every short line is a showpiece of wit as well as verbal music.  The double meanings of “dust up” and “elevates and deflates” match.

            “For the life of me/ I don’t know why/ I feel so luckless,” another stanza goes, varying the tone from remark to swan song.  It all leads up to a self-image that is dramatic, sad, funny, and beautiful.

            Other great poems in the volume include Kathryn Stripling Byer’s “Ashes.”

            Shifts in subject within a line of thought are features of Byer’s mastery. 

            “Only the bathtub was left/ where once I saw her wash her toes solemnly,” the poem begins.  It then turns its attention to: a light fixture that had hung above the tub; a metaphor for the imagined experience; ashes found in the tub; and heirlooms caught in a house fire.

            In the end, the poet further imagines being in the bathing woman’s position, at midnight, looking at the blisters on her palms “swell like the scuppernongs she dreams of bringing/ back home through the curtain of dust/ and the corn stubble everywhere.  She holds them/ up to the meager light.  I see them shine.”

            Glenda Beall’s poem, “No Safe Place,” should be anthologized in a book of poems about grief, too.  It has the sound of a sonnet, with its iambic pentameter and resounding last line; and it tells a moving story.

 

Candidness

 

            Some of the stories that Women’s Spaces puts forward are very personal.

            Susan Reinhardt, in “Whatever God Sends,” the book’s longest entry at eight pages, tells about her pregnancies.  She turns up emotional intensity and turns down sentence length in her trademark compelling style.

            Julia Nunnally Duncan recalls pre-school days with Grandma while parents were at work.  “A few years later,” she writes in “Grandma’s Bed,” as Grandma “lay dying in the local hospital, lapsing into delirium, she told her daughters she needed to get home to fix dinner for me.”

            “These days,” the narrator reflects in the end, “my own thoughts conspire against me,” and she needs solace.

            To feel right, she goes, in her mind, back to the bed in which she’d slept at her grandma’s house, and where her grandma had warmed her feet with diaper-covered hot bricks.

            Women’s Space, Women’s Places—with its inclusiveness,  short entry length, and powerful theme—inspires discussions and writing.

 

BOOK REVIEWED

Women’s Spaces Women’s Places—from 50 WNC Women Writers edited by Celia H. Miles and Nancy Dillingham (Stone Ivy Press trade paper, 184 pages, $20).

 

EVENT

Editors and authors of "Women's Spaces Women's Places" launch their book with a reading, signing, and reception at Accent on Books, 854 Merrimon Avenue, 3 p.m., July 10,  Call 252.6255.

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Wonderful review of a beautiful book - I am so honored to be a part of this anthology. And, this has to be one of the most beautiful covers - brava to the artist!
Thank you, Rob, for reviewing this book.  It's full of treasures.

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