Sacred Sites for Secular Times: 50 Commemorative Experiences in Western North Carolina by Rob Neufeld Among the many sites dedicated to history, there are some—both overbooked and overlooked—that provide full and moving experiences. They involve a physical component, connecting to landscape; an imaginative one, entering other times and minds; and an interactive one, maintaining relevance. The entries in this book help create full experiences through descriptive…See More
In honor of my blog Plant Whatever Brings You Joy's 10th Blogiversary I've posted a chapter from my book Plant Whatever Brings You Joy: Blessed Wisdom from the Garden. This particular chapter was also excerpted in Fairview's GreenPrints magazine, which was greatly appreciated. Read more here: http://plantwhateverbringsyoujoy.com/aim-for-beauty/…See More
McCrumb sees stories behind haunting ghost by Rob NeufeldPHOTO: Sharyn McCrumb and her dog Arthur, 2017. Photo by Laura Palmer, courtesy, Sharyn McCrumb In “The Unquiet Grave,” Sharyn McCrumb once again demonstrates her mastery at turning a folktale into something larger, different, and greater.The legend of the…See More
HISTORIC PHOTO James Vester Miller James Vester Miller had been a boy when his mother, a Rutherfordton slave, had responded to Emancipation by taking her three children to Asheville and getting a job as a cook in a boardinghouse—some say Julia Wolfe’s boardinghouse, Old Kentucky Home. Growing up, Miller hung…See More
Dave Minneman and a sense of justiceby Rob NeufeldPHOTO CAPTION: Dave Minneman doing research at Pack Memorial Library. Photo by author. “One of the biggest things I did as a kid, in order to escape my father,” Asheville resident Dave Minneman says of his 1960s and 70s rural Indiana childhood, “was…See More
Meet the 4th generation miller of a historic millby Rob NeufeldPHOTO CAPTION: Triptych of Dellinger Mill and Jack Dellinger in his mill, showing the hopper, the 1859 waterwheel, bags of cornmeal, and the National Historic Place plaque. Photos and composition by Henry Neufeld. I had written about…See More
On October 1, Sunday afternoon, 2 PM, at Jackson County Library in the Community Room, NCWN and NCWN-West will honor the late Poet Laureate, Kathryn S. Byer . Everyone is invited to come. We will share her poetry and talk about her achievements and her legacy for writers and poets in NC. If Kay touched your life in some way, come and pay tribute to her. We all miss her and this is a way to share our mourning for losing her and show our appreciation for what she did for us. See More
"On Saturday, September 9, 10:30 a.m., Richard Kraweic will teach a class at Writers Circle. He will teach how to organize a poetry book for publication. I know I need to learn that lesson. How about you?"
A meaningful tour of East Asheville PHOTO CAPTION: View of Beverly Hills suburb, from a painting by Gibson Catlett that had once hung at subdivision offices. Courtesy Special Collection, Ramsey Library, UNC Asheville. I was walking in the Beverly Hills neighborhood the other day and noticed a few…See More
Gail Godwin’s latest crosses a mental boundary by Rob Neufeld Asheville author Gail Godwin, now a Woodstock, NY resident, comes back home here Wed., June 14 to present her new novel, “Grief Cottage” at Malaprop’s Bookstore, 7 p.m. “Grief Cottage” is the story of an orphaned, sensitive, troubled boy, named…See More
I've been picking at a book of verse about Asheville ever since I moved here 20-some years ago. "Thought Poems" in something of a manic and athletic style, like Thomas Wolfe himself. Here's the question I'd like to put on the table:
What topics MUST be covered? Ex: Transportation (trolley car to AT); famous corpses (Wolfe, O. Henry, Zelda, etc); politics (past and present); The Battle of Asheville; Asheville's Occupation during the civil war; homelessness; race relations; architecture; historic business past and present, etc.
What comes to my mind, Allan, is history told in verse by characters in character. Because that would give you the opportunity to play very loosely and wildly with the characters' personality and speech quirks.
It's interesting thinking in terms of you doing it, because it depends on your talents.
What then? Have a history slam with the characters competing for top billing. How would a homeless person do against Thomas Wolfe on an even playing field? How would a laconic businessman do? What about a well-known contemporary person?
Hey, it's great to start forums within groups, but I have found you occasionally have to say something in the general group discussion to let people know it's up there for response, too.
(I've got more to say about historical figures, but I'd like hear what you and others are thinking.) /Rob
Actually, Rob, I was trying to post this prompt to then entire community here, not just Creative Publishing. I think I figured out how to do that, but it prompts me to select one of a set number of Categories. Do I have to put a new discussion in a particular category?
That's a good question, Allan. The only way to start a new category is to use the Manage tab on top, and then click Forum Discussions. I may be the only one that has that manage option.
So, in that case, you either choose one of the categories--Book & Culture Issues, maybe--and start your forum. I then can link to it and feature it. You can also start a blog on this site which goes onto the front page automatically.
You make me realize that I should redo the forum categories to represent a wide range of general topics, into which people can then put their specific ones. So, if you need a different category, let me know and I'll get that going.
I'd love to feature some of your Asheville in Verse progress--if you decide to go with that--teasers, not giving away the franchise.