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
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
"I'll ask the kids, Barb and Ethan, if they have any contacts who might have an interest in this as a unique topic for any performers they know. It might also be something that my friend Ruby Lerner could brainstorm about to her theatre…"
More from the World of ALS (Part of Living Poem) Negotiating steps is like someone who seeksTo emulate a goat on mountain peaks. Crossing a threshold, limping inIs like the valley-walking of an Olympian. A cane and its grip make a fellow stopTo consider the physics of leans and drops. To know how a forefinger grabs and digsImagine your digits are chestnut twigs When a new drug trial notably…See More
RANDALL KENAN SELECTS NANCY WERKING POLING WINNER OF THE 2018 ALEX ALBRIGHT CREATIVE NONFICTION PRIZE(31 August 2018)Nancy Werking Poling of Black Mountain is the winner of the 2018 Alex Albright Creative Nonfiction Prize competition for "Leander’s Lies." Poling will receive $1000 from the North Carolina Literary Review, thanks to a generous NCLR reader’s donation that allowed this year’s honorarium to increase (from the previous award of $250). Her winning essay will be published in the North…See More
Upcoming Rides(Part of Living Poem) I must take a break from writing aboutThe third Lord Granville’s loss of landIn colonial North Carolina to noteI’m losing functionality in my hands. I’m confining my writing to a four-line,Alternate rhyme form, like a horse-fenceFraming a pantomimeOf equine force. Hence, It’s time to imagine the power of mind,For instance, when a nod or thoughtInstructs a machine to…See More
The Epic of the Cherokee and the Colonists Hernando De Soto stopped in Asheville in 1541 When the Spanish conquistador came through here on his way from the Gulf Coast to Lake Michigan, he encountered big towns, well-used roads, and abandoned homes. A smallpox epidemic—one of a series of plagues…See More
"*** Rob ... Good for you! .... the Dodette Westfeldt Grinnell memoirs are the most vivid accounts of Kephart we have ... Bill Moss made excellent use of them in his The Westfeldts of Rugby Grange ... I especially like her descrition of Kephart and…"
"*** Rob ... well done ... it's an honor to be yr "inaugural" profile of this sort ... Elizabeth and I appreciate yr efforts on our behalf but even more-so yr efforts on behalf of WNC authors past and present ... via the newspaper…"
"Rob ... George Masa certainly deserves any accolades that come his way as a photographer, park advocate, outdoorsman and delightful human being ... he was by all accounts the best of companions on a steep trail or around the campfire at night ...…"
"Hi Mr. Ellison
I recently watched a video you cohosted about Nantahala. It was very interesting. Even though I've lived fairly close to the river all my life I learned much about the area from your video.
"*** John Finger: "On the morning of Feb. 2 the federals heard that perhaps as many as 300 Indians were camped at the mouth of Deep Creek. About two in the afternoon they overran the Cherokee pickets and immediately ran on to attack the main…"
"*** Hello . . . I can't add much firsthand knowledge or insights to any discussion involving the Civil War . . . looking through likely sources I see in John R. Finger's "The Eastern Band of Cherokee1819-1900" (UT Press, 1984),…"