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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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Oct 12
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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Julia Nunnally Duncan at Marion Branch McDowell County Public Library

October 24, 2018 from 4pm to 5pm
Julia Nunnally Duncan will be launching her new poetry collection A Neighborhood Changes (Finishing Line Press, 2018) at a book presentation and signing to be held at the McDowell County Public Library in Marion on October 24.See More
Sep 21

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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.

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Raising Pastured Pigs Ebook Published

Started by Samantha Ann Biggers Jun 19, 2012.

Author/Bookstore Relations 7 Replies

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

Ideas: Getting The Word Out! 2 Replies

Started by Dot Jackson. Last reply by Suzan Tanner McCoury Apr 14, 2009.

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Comment by Gary Carden on October 22, 2009 at 8:53am
Donald, I totally agree.
I'm finding more and more that the energy needed to promote your work through bookstores is more than I can handle. However, those two guys up near Burnsville ( "Planting by the Moon" "The Sound of Thunder')make it seem effortless. I guess it is because there are two of them and they help each other. They have established a circuit, too. Bookstore owners know them and readily promote their readings. I find that what is a wonderful advantage is having an audience. I just got back from Tryon and it was unlike my usual experience in that there was a large audience already seated and waiting. I guess that was largely due to the remarkable job that the library (not the bookstore) did in promoting my appearance. I also think that there audiences out there that are better than the average bookstore. I love libraries and I also do well at organizations such as genealogy societies, elderhostels.
Comment by DONALD MAROTTA on October 22, 2009 at 7:41am
I cannot see where promoting by hopping from bookstore to bookstore by land is helpful because of the physical exhaustion. I write from the perspective of an old guy not keen on traveling, and knowing more productive means--which require an author's pinpointed ongoing work. Beans to constant chained labor in the process, however.
Don Marotta
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Comment by Gary Carden on July 21, 2009 at 7:51am
I value the purely social aspect of sites like this. For almost three months, I posted on the folklore site with a dozen other people, and we completely "forgot" about p.r. in the excitement of sharing stories, folklore and gossip. The ones who were merely looking for an opportunity to promote themselves quickly lost interest and dropped out while the rest of us went on a marathon dialogue. It eventually ran its course, but it was delightful while it lasted.
Comment by Christine Hale on June 28, 2009 at 9:48pm
I know what you mean about the ubiquity of some people's posts. They seem to be determined to never let a day pass without calling attention to themselves. On the other hand, as you point out, Facebook has reconnected me with people I'd lost and (in some case) and am glad to find! And it spread word widely and quickly, and we writers DO seem to be in charge of "making it happen" ("it" being connecting to readers/viewers) ourselves.
So maybe the relevant question--O, readers of this post--is what, in your view, constitutes acceptable or effective self-promotion? What content, what frequency, what media/vehicle?
Interested in your thoughts....
Comment by Gary Carden on June 28, 2009 at 8:23pm
Although it has occurred to me to do that, I have been hesitant. Maybe it time, I can make an effort, but at the present time, I have been content to promote my blog. I love it and it pleases me in a childish way when people actually come and read it. Maybe that is the next step. I just discovered that it is possible to post YouTube videos on blogs this past week, which immediately suggests that I can post videos about my work. (plays and storytelling) Now I have to learn the technical process involved in making that happen. I have been connecting with people on Facebook that I had lost touch with over the years, and I intend to invite them all to my blog. I have noticed that some blogs (and Facebook posts) are unashamedly self-promoting. One extremely irritating fellow with a self-published novel has overdone it. He is on Twitter, too! I'm looking for ways to block him. I'm not very sophisticated about the internet, but there has to be a way to stop or control writers like this guy.
Comment by Christine Hale on June 28, 2009 at 7:16pm
How many of you are on Facebook? What use do you make of it (or other social networks like LinkedIn) in promoting your writing or yourself as writer?

Looking for your thoughts...

Chris
Comment by Charleen Bertolini on June 4, 2009 at 9:14am
Thanks Gary. I'm getting all these thoughts to our Chair and Program Chair. We want to keep growing and to keep improving. We know the literary world encompasses much!
Comment by Gary Carden on June 3, 2009 at 9:43pm
Let me say again, that this Book Fair did it right. I think every major variation was there and it was presented effectively. There was theater on the opening night!
The presenters covered an impressive array of "literary forms" - certainly more than I see anywhere else in the format of "cultural organizations." I think we have the basic template. All we have to do is add to, or augment it. It just occurred to me that next year, I would like to see "Southern Gothic" or Appalachian Gothic" as a workshop topic. I would also like to see some attention paid to local writers who focus on regional history and folklore.
Comment by Ben F. Eller on June 3, 2009 at 6:22pm
The top 75, 50, 25 whatever in WNC is a GREAT idea. AND should include all pieces of the literary arts . . . prose, storytelling, poetry etc.

I'm eager to hear more on how best this could be done

Ben F. Eller
Comment by Gary Carden on June 3, 2009 at 5:14pm
Sounds like "Eben Flood" by E. A. Robinson, caught on a moonlit road with a jug and two moons in the sky.
 

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