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Coalescence

Coalescence (part of  Living Poem)Intro 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 minds, disabling our power.) Distractions are good, puzzles that teaseAnd please and fill the main scene, whichIncludes…See More
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The Sultan's Dream

The Sultan’s Dream (Part of Living Poem) When it comes to walking, the jig’s up.No more fit lad sitting at the pub.No more flim-flam smiling with a limp. See how the legs totter and the torso leans.Do you know what a lame sultan dreams?Of reclining on a divan wearing pantaloons, Comparing his plight to a mountaineer’sNegotiating an icy bluff in a fierce wind,And then lounging in a tent to unwind. Which…See More
Nov 15
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The Tale of Ononis

The Tale of Ononis by Rob Neufeld Part 1: The Making of a Celebrity ❧  Hare Begins His Tale  Ononis was my region’s name.People now call it Never-the-same.I’ll start with the day a delivery came. The package I got was a devil’s dare,Swaddled and knotted in Swamp Bloat hairAnd bearing, in red, one word: “Beware!” Bloats are creatures from the Land of Mud Pies,Wallowing in waste with tightly closed eyesUntil fears bring tears and the bleary bloats rise.   ❧  Hare’s Colleagues  I asked my boss,…See More
Nov 9
Connie Regan-Blake posted an event

Drop Your Troubles: A Solo Storytelling Performance with Connie Regan-Blake at Black Mountain Center for the Arts

December 1, 2018 from 7:30pm to 9pm
Join this internationally renowned storyteller, Connie Regan-Blake, as she transforms a packed theater into an intimate circle of friends with old-timey charm, wisdom, and humor. We’ll also welcome the Singer of  Stories, Donna Marie Todd, who will perform her original story, “The Amazing Zicafoose Sisters.” Connie’s last two shows at BMCA have sold…See More
Nov 6
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Explore the Landscapes of Story and Telling at Lenoir-Rhyne Center for Graduate Studies

January 23, 2019 at 10am to February 27, 2019 at 12pm
A Storytelling Offering in Asheville, NCWednesday Mornings 10am-12pmJanuary 23 – February 27, 2019 This winter Connie is excited to offer a learning opportunity to warm-up your storytelling voice and creativity!  Join her in Asheville, NC at Lenoir-Rhyne University for six story-work sessions with a weekly format that allows for skills to grow over time while encouraging a consistency in discovering, revisiting and refining your stories. During these weekly sessions participants are invited…See More
Nov 6
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Explore the Landscapes of Story & Telling at Lenoir-Rhyne Center for Graduate Studies

January 23, 2019 at 10am to February 27, 2019 at 12pm
A Storytelling Offering in Asheville, NCWednesday Mornings 10am-12pmJanuary 23 – February 27, 2019 This winter Connie is excited to offer a learning opportunity to warm-up your storytelling voice and creativity!  Join her in Asheville, NC at Lenoir-Rhyne University for six story-work sessions with a weekly format that allows for skills to grow over time while encouraging a consistency in discovering, revisiting and refining your stories. During these weekly sessions participants are invited…See More
Oct 28
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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
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.” The event will be hosted by the Black Mountain Center for the Arts, just a short drive from Asheville nestled in the picturesque mountains surrounding the area. Call the Center for advance tickets (828) 669-0930 or order…See More
Oct 28
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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, affirming…See More
Oct 28
Rob Neufeld posted a discussion

Let’s say every word is precious

Let’s say every word is precious (Part of Living Poem) Let’s say every word is precious.Say every word is precious.Every word is precious.Every word precious.Every word.Word.--Rob Neufeld, Oct. 16, 2018See More
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Nancy Sutton replied to Rob Neufeld's discussion Metamorphoses
"Poignant in so many ways!   "
Oct 3
Rob Neufeld posted a discussion

Metamorphoses

Metamorphoses (Part of Living Poem)Hear audio: Metamorphoses%20181004_0192.MP3 So Apollo committed the first rape.He’d come back from exterminating Python,The Bane of Humanity, now his arrow-victim,And stopped to mock…See More
Oct 2
Joan Henehan replied to Joan Henehan's discussion on Reading Living Poem
"Fantastic, that will be very helpful."
Sep 22
Rob Neufeld posted a discussion

First Drumbeat

First Drumbeat(Part of Living Poem) The time has come.Call it a drum,Or a crumb,What’s left of life. I used to tell a jokeWhen my life was wide,And I was a stud,And not a dud—I knowI’m not a dud.  I’m a dude,A dad.  But everyone mustRebut the dud chargeAt summing up time. Oh yeah, the joke,A trademark one for meIn that it’s not funny. I used to say I’ll never retireFrom writingBecause if I’m ever…See More
Sep 22
Rob Neufeld replied to Joan Henehan's discussion on Reading Living Poem
"Thanks for the prompt, Joan!  I have attached the whole work in progress as a doc at the bottom of the table of contents page: http://thereadonwnc.ning.com/special/living-poem"
Sep 22
Joan Henehan replied to Joan Henehan's discussion on Reading Living Poem
"Is there a way from this website to print everything or might you send me such a document to bayjh@icloud.com?"
Sep 22

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Promoting Writers

We are in the glad business of promoting books and writers, and can benefit from sharing ways to do that--for the field is open to doing a lot more, so that literature gains prominence.

Members: 39
Latest Activity: Jan 12, 2015

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Raising Pastured Pigs Ebook Published

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Author/Bookstore Relations 7 Replies

Started by Spellbound. Last reply by Kathryn Magendie Apr 22, 2009.

Ideas: Getting The Word Out! 2 Replies

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Comment by Gary Carden on March 20, 2009 at 11:30am
I am currently reading The MissingTim Gautreaux, and I am finding it that rare thing, an "effortless read." I find his writing very appealing and would like to
recommend it for discussion at some point. However, I am perfectly willing to read another recommendation. I do feel that The Missing encourages comparisons with other Southern writers.
Comment by Charleen Bertolini on March 19, 2009 at 8:40am
I love the idea of reading and discussing our members' books and then branching from there. Perhaps a book we're reading reminds us of a similar theme and we could then read/discuss both books?
Comment by Charleen Bertolini on March 19, 2009 at 8:37am
I've been working with the Blue Book & Author Showcase Promotions Committee (Saturday, May 9), and we have been learning how much the Internet benefits getting news about books, authors and the love of reading to so many. Also social literary networks like this let's like minded people come together to share, to learn, and to grow together.
Comment by Gary Carden on March 18, 2009 at 10:56pm
Okay, I'm flexible. It doesn't have to be a book of my choosing. Right now, I'm willing to make concessions just to get something up and running. For example, I know next to nothing about Marilynne Robinson, but what little that I do know suggest that there is something wonderful there. I also suspect that a discussion of Ron Rash's novels in terms of major themes would be productive. As for local writers, Betty Cloer Wallace, whom you know from her rants on Bill O'Reilly has a huge unpublished novel that is begging to be discovered. Tomorrow night, Lonnie Busch is a guest at my little writers group and Lonnie has all kinds of published and unpublished stuff.
Whatcha think?
Gary
Comment by Rob Neufeld on March 18, 2009 at 10:22pm
Well, Gary, you read 2666? I bought it. It's hard for me to read things that don't go toward my work, but then again, my work is a little manipulable. I know you know, doing the Smoky Mountain News reviews.

I think if we get enough people we can host any number of book discussions on the site. I will be presenting some major book discussion programs in public venues and online--more about that soon, but they'll be bimonthly probably.

If we all get together we can promote a lot of opportunities, everything from world lit to our local authors. Already on this site, I've seen a couple of local authors get friends involved in talking about their books.

So yes, we get the word out that one of our members, for instance, has a new book out, and we can surely get a half-dozen people talking about it.

Now, if we want to expand the list, how do we keep the number of titles small enough? Or do we just let people start their own and risk having a lot of 1 and 2 person groups? If we have a list. then we can promote it in our newspapers and elsewhere.

Whatchyall think?
Comment by Gary Carden on March 18, 2009 at 8:25pm
I probably read too much. I know the old cliche about that not being possible, but I'm not so sure. Further, I am a slow reader and have a habit of backing up reading passages over and over. Right now, I am itching to get back to my Kindle where I am reading a marvelous new novel by Tim Gautreaux called The Missing. But, I am frustrated because I don't have anyone to talk to about what I am reading. Perhaps that is part of what this group can do to promote reading. Recently, I read 2666 which is supposed to be a major literary event, yet I can't find anyone who has read it.
Comment by Charleen Bertolini on March 16, 2009 at 2:08pm
The love of reading so often seems to be lost in today's world. There is no richer gift than curling up and reading.
Comment by Ed Southern on March 16, 2009 at 2:06pm
I'm honored to be a part of this.
 

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