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Citizen science author in Asheville April 6

Eco author in Asheville April 6 Citizen science can foster earth-saving policies Journalist Mary Ellen Hannibal, author of Citizen Scientist: Searching for Heroes and Hope in an Age of Extinction, speaks at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café, 7 p.m., Thursday, April 6 in conversation with Mallory McDuff, Warren Wilson…See More
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Appalachian Authors Book Signing and Reading at Historic Carson House

April 8, 2017 from 10am to 3pm
Julia Nunnally Duncan will be a featured author and reader at the Appalachian Authors  Book Signing and Reading to be held at the Historic Carson House on Saturday, April 8 from 10-3. She will debut her new poetry collection A Part of Me. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.See More
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2012 Award Winner for Literature -- Gary Neil Carden

A literature and drama teacher turned storyteller, Gary Neil Carden is an award winning playwright whose tales are informed by mountain life in North Carolin...
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Stories of Asheville's homeless

History of Asheville’s homeless: humanity on trialby Rob NeufeldPHOTO CAPTION: Jim Parton and Kirk Faulkner, two homeless men at A-Hope, where Jim is getting help finding housing and Kirk is making job connections.  Photo, 2017, by Rob Neufeld.“I admire my daddy more than any other human on…See More
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Writers at Home at Malaprops at Malaprops

March 19, 2017 from 3pm to 5pm
A.K. Benninghofen, Lockie Hunter and Beth Keefauver will offer a free reading at the next installment of the Writers at Home series, presented by UNC Asheville’s Great Smokies Writing Program (GSWP), at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 19, at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café, 55 Haywood Street in Asheville. This monthly series of free readings is hosted by GSWP director and novelist Tommy Hays.See More
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Reading by Poet Bianca Spriggs at Three Top Room, Plemmons Student Union, App State University

March 30, 2017 from 7:30pm to 8:45pm
A reading by poet, multi-genre artist, and core member of the Affrilachian Poets Bianca Spriggs in the Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series at Appalachian State. Spriggs will also present a craft talk from 12:30-1:45 in the Price Lake Room of the Plemmons Student Union. Free admission.For more info, see the press release http://www.news.appstate.edu/2017/03/06/bianca-spriggs/Parking info is at parking.appstate.edu.…See More
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Hester

HESTER      Growing up in Asheville,  N.C. in the 50’s and 60’s seemed, at the time, to be filled with a rhythm of adventure and strange encounters sprinkled with an assortment of particularly interesting and somewhat odd characters. One of those persons who fascinated me as a child was my father’s friend “Hester. “       My dad was about as straight an arrow as anyone could find. He seemed to a preadolescent, somewhat indolent son, frankly boring. Looking back from a perspective of 70 years, I…See More
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African-American musicians in Asheville

African-American musicians flourished in Asheville neighborhoodsby Rob NeufeldPHOTO CAPTION: The Outcasts, the state’s Battle of the Bands winner in 1979, included: (kneeling l to r) Edward Stout, saxophonist; Darriel Jones, drummer; (seated) Patricia McAfee, vocalist; (standing l to r) Marvin Seabrooks, trombonist; Mike…See More
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Blind Man's Bluff

According to the Frank C. Brown Collection of North Carolina Folklore, the game Blind Man's Bluff is as old as the 16th Century. It was a game I never liked playing as a kid. I was always afraid someone would get hurt-namely me! Its one of those games that makes grown-ups yell things like "Somebodys going to…See More
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Bob Plott replied to Rob Neufeld's discussion Hunters and Plott hounds
"Thanks for sharing this Rob--and the book plug too. I have never seen this photo before. I have several others from the 1942 article, but this was a new one. The man on the truck looking down is WWII hero Little George Plott--who I profiled in my…"
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January 2010 Blog Posts (15)

Appalachian Writers



I'd like to introduce you to Peggy Poe Stern-have you ever heard of her? I've only known her a few months-I believe she may be one of the best kept secrets of Western NC.



I stumbled onto Peggy's website one day-and once I realized she was an Appalachian Writer I began to click around-all of my clicking landed me on an excerpt from one of her books. I could not stop… Continue

Added by Tipper on January 30, 2010 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Great Smokies fiction classes unlock your inner writer

Almost everyone has dreams of being a writer. But moving those dreams out of the clouds and onto paper can be a real struggle. Sometimes the solid ideas just won’t come. In other cases, the ideas are within reach, but knowing how to structure those ideas into language and a format that other people might enjoy remains elusive.



While writing is ultimately a solitary pursuit, some instruction and feedback can smooth the process, helping you to keep moving toward your dreams instead of… Continue

Added by Caralyn Davis on January 26, 2010 at 4:17pm — No Comments

Creative juices frozen? Great Smokies poetry class zaps them into life

The mere thought of writing poetry can stir up buried, primal fears of failure and inadequacy. Normally stalwart people, brows pale and sweaty with visions of being unable to produce even a decent ending to “Roses are red, violets are blue,” lament: “Write poetry? I don’t know how! I’m not a poet!”



But every human being on the planet has the potential to be a poet, and writing poetry isn’t scary. It’s actually a useful process for awakening both your creativity and your love of… Continue

Added by Caralyn Davis on January 26, 2010 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Hog Killing In Appalachia



All one has to do is to take a walk through the local grocery store's meat department to see the variety it holds. Back in the day-before meat was so readily available-pork was the staple meat for most mountain families.



In the very early days-before the chestnut blight-most folks in Appalachia let their hogs free range and forage for their own food. After the blight, and as the land became more populated-folks kept their hogs closer to… Continue

Added by Tipper on January 23, 2010 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Home Again

Picking you up from the airport;

jet airliner bringing you home once again.



Waiting for the plane in the cold wind,

while the sun brings glory to the West.



How long has it been since I’ve touched you?

Almost a million miles ago it seems.



Absence doesn’t get any easier,

when your face won’t leave my dreams.



Seeing your smile, hearing your laugh;

they fill every room that you’re in.



Eagerly searching for… Continue

Added by Chuck Connors on January 18, 2010 at 3:09pm — No Comments

Propositioning the Rich Italian



TITLE: Propositioning the Rich Italian



AUTHOR: Stephanie Morris



AUTHOR URL: http://www.stephaniemorris.webs.com



GENRE/THEME: Contemporary Interracial Romance



URL TO THE BUYING PAGE: http://www.bookstrand.com/node/805943



SERIES: Indulgence – Book 1 of… Continue

Added by Author Stephanie Morris on January 17, 2010 at 1:11pm — No Comments

Heartsick Over Haiti

The first news of the day was tough to take. Tragedy has once again come to the impoverished nation of Haiti. By now everyone following the news knows it is the poorest country in the western hemisphere and that 80% of its people live in poverty.

What might not be remembered are the news reports from 2008 when the Haitian people were making cookies with dirt and oil and water. As food prices around the world began to rise, those were the only ingredients some caregivers could obtain to mix… Continue

Added by Kathleen Buerer on January 13, 2010 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Poetry

Even though I am not a poet, every so often I'll spit out a poem. Two of them were recently published: one in The Nervous Breakdown and the other in OCEAN Magazine (where I also have a photograph that accompanies another writer's poem). Always good to have an acceptance to give us a boost,

Added by Kathryn Magendie on January 10, 2010 at 8:56pm — 2 Comments

Here We Go Again!

It's time to wait with held breath while the publishers' editors look at my book (Secret Graces) to see if they like it. Time to pick out covers. Time to go over galley proofs. Time to anticipate release date. A year after TG's release and here I go again. I hope the book will be well received. It's a whole other critter when you write for a deadline that is months in the making instead of "having all the time in the world" to write a novel... egads!



But, it's all exciting, right?… Continue

Added by Kathryn Magendie on January 10, 2010 at 8:48pm — No Comments

Halls of the Dying

Late at night, when only a few ghost-like workers are stirring

I enter the hallowed halls of the dying.

Like a crypt, everything dark, I feel my way from doorway to doorway

hearing the groans and the cries of the dying.

Ghastly sounds reverberate through these forbidden caverns;

lost souls forever grasping for salvation.

Creeping along, my senses alert for hidden dangers

I pause in front of one room and

the smell tells me where I am.

Stepping into… Continue

Added by Chuck Connors on January 9, 2010 at 10:44am — No Comments

Warren Wilson MFA lectures

I have been to two of the morning lectures offered by the Warren Wilson MFA this month (January 2010) and was blown away. This is exactly the kind of readings I have been looking for; rich and technical, with as much philosophy as craft. I have always wanted to be a part of this kind of dicsussion with other writers. It's very generous of the college to open these lectures to the public. I'm looking forward to the rest of the series.



Who among you in the Asheville area would like to… Continue

Added by Jennifer McLean on January 5, 2010 at 3:57pm — 1 Comment

author benefits

Authors are finding it an attractive option to self-publish. However, the need for Medical Insurance and retirement is a major consideration. I have looked into International Medical Insurance options to see how authors in other parts of the world are handling this issue. Are there networks for writers that could provide a discount on… Continue

Added by Cindy Fallsen on January 4, 2010 at 5:13pm — No Comments

White Crosses

White crosses alongside the road

honoring the memory of the recently slain.

How did it come that these people died

here—what were they like, while they still lived?



Cars and trucks speed past obliviously,

ignoring the ghosts of the freshly passed.

Each one of us hopes that we’ll still be remembered;

long after we’re gone to the other side.



But what if no one

visited us or mourned?

Left us for dead,

our faces forever forgotten in… Continue

Added by Chuck Connors on January 2, 2010 at 3:23pm — No Comments

Early Morning Departure

Driving you to the airport for an early morning departure,

Wind blowing the rain against the wipers of the truck.



Lifting your heavy bag it thumps on the pavement,

Wondering to myself just what you could have packed?



Ducking out of the storm, bursting into the check-in,

Runaway children caught in a moment of time.



Saying my farewells I look into your eyes;

Wishing you a safe journey, Godspeed to your kin.



Sharing one last long,… Continue

Added by Chuck Connors on January 2, 2010 at 3:19pm — No Comments

Happy New Year from the Blind Pig & The Acorn

As I look back over 2009 I'm happy with the progress made over on the Blind Pig & The Acorn site-mostly I'm thankful I have great readers who have made 2009 a banner year for the Blind Pig.

Each post I write in an effort to promote, preserve, and celebrate Appalachian culture and heritage is made better by the comments folks leave. Maybe they don't realize it-but each one is part…

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Added by Tipper on January 2, 2010 at 11:30am — No Comments

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