The reception for the 2nd annual Greening Up the Mountains Poetry Contest will be at City Lights Bookstore on Saturday, April 25th at 1 p.m. Join us as the winning poets share their poems and collect their prizes. Students from Jackson County submitted poems that celebrate our mountains and our connection to them in our everyday lives. The response was wonderful and our judges loved reading what our local students offered. Winners will be announced soon. For any questions please call City…See More
Appalachian poet, musician, and raconteur Kirk Judd has a new book and CD package out, "My People Was Music." I thought I'd share part of a Goodreads review I did of the book - I think members of The Read would enjoy this.There is no gussying-up here. This is the plain hard rock undergirding Appalachia. This is the sound of water rushing, the clawhammer banjo sound, the crack of a wedge as it splits that cross-grained stump of oak. Kirk Judd has been making poems for a long time, but like a…See More
It's always an honor to have a new story selected and published, this time by Deep South Magazine -- which I recommend for its coverage of all things Southern and, in particular, its attention to Southern literary voices.Read the story here: "Nothing But A House" by Gary CarterComments are always welcome. Deep South Magazine actually has a unique comment section following each story.See More
Asheville thriller writer Mason broods with the bestby Rob Neufeld “Everything you need for measuring a person,” Dee Vess, the heroine and narrator of Jamie Mason’s novel, “Monday’s Lie,” reflects, “can be found in the nature of what he chooses to hide from everyone else.” It’s a sign of how…See More
We are back for a new Spring session of our Poetry and Prose Reading Series! We hope you are able to join us again Saturday, March 14th, 7pm at the West End Bakery for a wonderful Free family-friendly evening of prose, poetry and storytelling from a group of fabulous local writers.This month we will be featuring: Tommy HaysCaroline Wilson Dalton Dayand Leah ShapiroHosted by Lockie Hunter and our friends at the West End Bakery Cathy Cleary and Krista Stearns.See More
Dr. William Forstchen will be the guest author at the Montreat Community Book Club on March 24, 2015 at Bell Library, Montreat College at 3:00. He will be discussing his novel Pillar to Sky Public is invited.See More
Asheville Poetry Review produces 20-year anthologyby Rob Neufeld The two most remarkable things about the Asheville Poetry Review have been its diversity and quality. Yes, Asheville, you’ve got a poetry journal of special note here. Now, 20 years after its locally born…See More
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"Hooray! More Price! Non-fiction... interesting. I left the bookstore over a year ago to get down to the business of writing. I have a little primer on Appalachian folk magic that is in the final editing stage and should (with…"
"Hey, Byron, I've missed you and all the crew there. Since marrying Ruth I hardly ever go to Asheville. Got a new book coming out next spring--nonfiction, believe it or not! You can check it out on my blog:…"
I started a rumor on Facebook that Wayne Caldwell and Vicki Lane were going to the Naked Came the Leafpeeper party...naked. They were sort of amused. Give Ruth my love and let me know when the new one comes out. Maybe we should try lunch or supper one day?
Hooray! More Price! Non-fiction... interesting. I left the bookstore over a year ago to get down to the business of writing. I have a little primer on Appalachian folk magic that is in the final editing stage and should (with any luck) go to the publisher in a week or so. Being published locally so the turn-around should be quick. I don't know why I don't have your blog bookmarked but will do that. How's Ruth? Love, b