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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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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
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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?"
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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

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Comment by Rob Neufeld on June 3, 2009 at 5:06pm
It's like I say, Gary, In the land of the blind, the one-eyed person is king, and the two-eyed, an outcast. But occasionally there's a breakthrough--with the help of good and wise marketing people! Two-eyes, but one is obscured by the lifted jug. /Rob
Comment by Gary Carden on June 3, 2009 at 5:02pm
Rob,
I just resigned from Writers Network West for the very reason that we are discussing here. The organization is almost totally oriented toward poetry and the few prose writers that they have seem to be constantly shouting and waving in order to draw attention to themselves. If it is that bad for prose, you can imagine what is like for drama (and drama or theater is a general topic that includes a lot of stuff, including tragedy and comedy) and for storytelling. When I mention this, I am assured that the organization is open to "everyone," but the fact remains that the emphasis is on "traditional formats" like poetry.
I'm just going to stay home and sing all the old songs and drink my own whiskey (well, not literally!)
Comment by Rob Neufeld on June 3, 2009 at 4:50pm
Thanks, Gary! And I know what you're saying. Literary arts decline when lines are drawn. It's best when a storyteller has a large palette and repertoire and can choose the art form or combination of forms to best tell the story. (I think Shakespeare on the stage is better than in the book, and he's an author, ain't he?)

But what's the marketing? Blue Ridge Published Work Fair?
Comment by Gary Carden on June 3, 2009 at 4:44pm
Rob,
I honestly feel that a film of a play should have as much integrity as a published novel. However, we seem to be at an awkward stage and I can assure you, it just "ain't so." The only solution I can see is to be sure that "the step-children" get due recognition at the book fair.

I would be glad to assist in locating storytellers who could provide clips of there work. I would like to suggest that someone set about filming Sheila Kay Adams when she tells the story about the man who received Dr. Brinkley's radio program on his dental fillings (They had to wedge his mouth open so that the sound could carry and the neighbors came in to hear the Carter Family sing "Keep on the Sunny Side." That is for openers. Then, there is Marvin Cole, and then there is Lloyd Arneach and I'm just getting wound up. We won't have any trouble finding the storytellers and/or dramatists to make the videos. Who is going to film them?
Comment by Rob Neufeld on June 3, 2009 at 4:31pm
That's right, Gary, it's hard to find the word. Maybe just call it Book Fair, and let other stuff come in.

I'd love to have help promoting storytellers. I mentioned the idea for this website, which I think would be very helpful. A list of storytellers with three minute clips of their storytelling. If people want to see how effective that is, they can check out Gary's telling; and play writing.
Comment by Gary Carden on June 3, 2009 at 4:18pm
Let me add one final observation. At present, my most marketable creation is a DVD (or two DVDs) and this was a "book" fair. I think all literary events are having trouble with including media products. It also may be that my problems with film creations may be an aspect that will become more pronounced in the future. I know that my film, "The Prince of Dark Corners," is generally considered an artist creation, but book fairs, such as the Blue Ridge Book Fair, is not quite sure what to do with it. It may be that a more
inclusive name is needed. ("Media and Book Fair" or "Book Fair and Film"??) I don't know. I don't want to provoke a discussion that may be extended to include dance and painting! It is a provocative problem. However, if I write a play and it is made into a film, I feel it should have a home at a "book fair."
Comment by Charleen Bertolini on June 3, 2009 at 3:52pm
Rob, I know how invaluable you've been. We actually met at our launch last September. Bob G will be past chair this year and Tom McCain has will be chair. Program Chair will be Bill Ramsey. We want to be sure we have an attractive program for our presenters, exhibitors and attendees. Thanks for the suggestions and we look forward to a terrific 2010! (June 5 again at the BRCC.)
Comment by Rob Neufeld on June 3, 2009 at 3:34pm
Charlene, yes, now that you're using this site to communicate with authors, let's increase the effectiveness. The Top 75 WNC Books list is a good start for authors. I have talked with some about creating a storyteller list--with links to video/audio clips.

There's also this group! And you've seen the publisher list.

I had a number of conversations with Bob G. about who speaks well as well as writes well. That's a factor, too.

There is a huge audience, market, and need for authors and storytellers, and I'm both feet deeply in with helping to develop that. Thanks for your talk and thoughts. (Invite more people to the group.)
Comment by Charleen Bertolini on June 3, 2009 at 3:25pm
I'm sending all your suggestions to next year's program chair so they can be sure to incorporate such a forum for storytelling and drama, comedy.
Comment by Charleen Bertolini on June 3, 2009 at 3:23pm
Thanks so much! Charleen
 

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