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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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Nancy Sutton replied to Rob Neufeld's discussion Metamorphoses
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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
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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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January 2013 Blog Posts (23)

“American Dervish,” Ayad Akhtar at Appalachian State

“American Dervish,” a coming-of-age story about a Muslim-American boy by Ayad Akhtar, has been selected as Appalachian State University’s summer reading novel for 2013.

This highly-praised novel has been selected partly because it can apply to many facets of study – Dr. Clark Maddux mentions that “global studies, women’s studies, English classes, history classes, psychology classes, and sociology classes” will all find discussion points within “American Dervish.” It's also a story of…

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Added by Kristina Blackford on January 30, 2013 at 7:30pm — No Comments

The Mountains-to-Sea Trail Across North Carolina by Danny Bernstein

New book with WNC connection:

The Mountains-to-Sea Trail Across North Carolina: Walking a Thousand Miles through Wilderness, Culture, and History by Danny Bernstein (History Press trade paper, February 2013, 176 pages, 16 page color photo insert, $19.99).

Author event: 7 p.m., Fri., Mar. 22, 2013 at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café.

Follows Bernstein’s 1,000-mile journey from Clingman’s Dome in the Smokies to Jockey’s Ridge State Park in…

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Added by Kristina Blackford on January 25, 2013 at 7:50pm — No Comments

Nebo woman publishes book about mother, ancestry

Nebo resident Mary Lackman recently published a book on her mother’s family stories and memories titled “Crossings: My Journey and Treasures Found Along the Way.” The book is in honor of Lackman's mother, Odean Fondren, and the optimism and strength she has displayed throughout her life.

Read more about “Crossings” in an article written by Landdis Hollifield in…

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Added by Kristina Blackford on January 25, 2013 at 7:23pm — No Comments

Swannanoa Valley Museum Hike Series for 2013

The Swannanoa Valley Museum in Black Mountain presents a new hiking series for 2013: The Waterfalls of the Valley Hike Series.

The Waterfalls of the Valley Hike Series will lead hikers to five of the area’s most secluded and breathtaking waterfalls. They will begin on the first Saturday in February and continue on the first Saturdays in April, June, September, and November. The entire series can be experienced by museum members for $125, or separately as shown…

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Added by Kristina Blackford on January 25, 2013 at 6:49pm — No Comments

The Mountains-to-Sea Trail Across North Carolina - See the Book Trailer

The Mountains-to-Sea Trail Across North Carolina is being published next month by the History Press.

With a lot of help from my friends, I created a book trailer. Curious?

See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vfT6Nf6fE9Y

 

Make a comment on Youtube and pass it on.

 

See you at Malaprops on March 22 at 7 pm and other book stores in Western North Carolina.

 

Added by Danny Bernstein on January 25, 2013 at 10:01am — No Comments

Leaving Tuscaloosa by Walter Bennett

New book with Civil Rights/NC connection:

Leaving Tuscaloosa by Walter Bennett (Fuze trade paper, September 2012, 313 pages, $16.95).

Author event: 3 p.m., Sun., Jan. 27, 2013 at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café.

In 1962 Alabama, a young white man and a young black man struggle through 36 hours of racial turmoil, leading to their paths converging in “a terrible, riveting climax” (book description). “Leaving Tuscaloosa,” loosely based on…

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Added by Kristina Blackford on January 24, 2013 at 11:46pm — No Comments

“Beneath Shelton Laurel” play brings Civil War tragedy to life

On February 22 and 23, the Western North Carolina Historical Association will present performances of Sean O’Leary’s play, “Beneath Shelton Laurel.” The play, presented in the Reader Theatre style, is based on the 1863 Shelton Laurel Massacre in Madison County, where thirteen people suspected of Unionism were killed by Confederate soldiers.

“Beneath Shelton Laurel” will be performed on Fri., Feb. 22 at…

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Added by Kristina Blackford on January 23, 2013 at 9:10pm — No Comments

3rd annual Gathering of Poets has 20 spots available

The third annual Gathering of Poets, hosted by Press 53 and Jacar Press, is looking for 20 more poets to participate in their “day of sharing, learning, and inspiration.”

The Gathering of Poets will be held at the Community Arts Café, 411 W. 4th St., Winston-Salem, on Saturday,…

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Added by Kristina Blackford on January 23, 2013 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Clive by Don Silver

New book with WNC connection:

Clive: Working for the Man in the Age of Vinyl by Don Silver (Holloway Press, January 2013).

Book launch: 7 p.m., Fri., Feb. 1, 2013 at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café.

Memoir of Silver’s rough time working as an A&R man for Clive Davis of Arista Records in the disco era of the early 1980s; written by an Asheville resident. See author website.

Added by Kristina Blackford on January 23, 2013 at 5:48pm — No Comments

The Ballad of Jessie Pearl by Shannon Hitchcock

New book with WNC connection:

The Ballad of Jessie Pearl by Shannon Hitchcock (namelos hardcover, February 2013, 140 pages, $18.95).

A young woman is forced to put her dreams on hold to take care of her family stricken by tuberculosis in 1922 rural North Carolina; written by a WNC native inspired by a true family story. See author website.

Added by Kristina Blackford on January 23, 2013 at 5:43pm — No Comments

Civil War Lecture Series Continues into 2013

The Western North Carolina Historical Association and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute are co-sponsoring a lecture series on the Civil War and Western North Carolina. Upcoming lectures include:

Sat., Feb. 9, 2 p.m. – Dr. Tim Silver talks about the environmental effects of the Civil War on Western North Carolina and beyond.

Sat., Mar. 16, 2 p.m. – The North Carolina State Archives presents “Sacred Bodies: Caring for the Dead During and After the War.”

Sat.,…

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Added by Kristina Blackford on January 20, 2013 at 4:17pm — No Comments

Awakening to the Dance by Georganne Spruce

New book with WNC connection:

Awakening to the Dance: A Journey to Wholeness by Georganne Spruce (CreateSpace trade paper, June 2012, 290 pages, $12.99).



Author events: 7 p.m., Thurs., Jan. 17, 2013, at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café;

5 p.m., Sat., Feb. 9, 2013, at Grateful Steps Publishing House & Bookshop.



Memoir of the author’s search for an authentic identity through…

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Added by Kristina Blackford on January 14, 2013 at 7:25pm — No Comments

The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd

New book with WNC connection:

The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd (Balzer + Bray hardcover, January 2013, 432 pages, $17.99).

Author events: 5 p.m., Tue., Jan. 29, 2013 at Highland Books in Brevard;

7 p.m., Sat., Feb. 2, 2013, at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café.

Debut young adult Gothic thriller inspired by a story by HG Wells about “a 16-year-old girl in 1894 London who…

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Added by Kristina Blackford on January 9, 2013 at 8:41pm — No Comments

Just Holler Bloody Murder by Dershie McDevitt

New book with WNC connection:

Just Holler Bloody Murder by Dershie McDevitt (CreateSpace trade paper, December 2012, 298 pages, $12.12).

Author event: 3 p.m., Sun., Mar. 10, 2013 at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café.

Debut mystery novel about a UNC-Asheville professor who returns to her home on Timicau Island, SC and is pulled into investigating a murder and the disappearance of a 9-year-old boy; written by an Asheville resident. See…

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Added by Kristina Blackford on January 9, 2013 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Alma’s Prayer by Robert Heffner

New book with WNC connection:

Alma’s Prayer by Robert Heffner (Dog Ear trade paper, October 2012, 192 pages, $14.00).

A woman takes drastic measures to keep her family together as the Civil War begins to affect the Blue Ridge Mountains and she worries for her son in the Confederate Army; written by a local author about WNC.

Added by Kristina Blackford on January 9, 2013 at 8:27pm — No Comments

Three Graves Full by Jamie Mason

New book with WNC connection:

Three Graves Full by Jamie Mason (Gallery Books hardcover, February 2013, 320 pages, $24.99).

Author event: 7 p.m., Sat., Feb. 23, 2013 at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café.

Darkly humorous debut thriller novel about a man who accidentally kills another man and buries the body in the backyard, where landscapers later unearth two more unknown bodies; written by a WNC resident.

Added by Kristina Blackford on January 9, 2013 at 8:24pm — No Comments

New Release: "Muffin Mania" Cookbook



Happy New Year 2013 to all!

Finished editing, proofreading and helping an author get her muffin cookbook published. It is to be released March 1, 2013. Look for "Muffin Mania" by Jean A. Nethery - its 82 pages of interesting stories related to the muffins, including muffin history, contributions from family, close friends, and the author herself. ISBN#978-0-9849099-2-6 @ $9.99. You…

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Added by RhondaKay Brigman on January 8, 2013 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Last week to enter William Matthews Poetry Prize contest

January 15, 2013 is the deadline for the prize sponsored by Asheville Poetry Review.  See full blog entry.

Added by Rob Neufeld on January 8, 2013 at 10:19am — No Comments

Doris Betts Fiction Prize, deadline Feb. 15

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE …

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Added by Rob Neufeld on January 6, 2013 at 10:51pm — 1 Comment

Short Story Published at Deep South

 

My short story, "Say When," has been published at Deep South, an interesting online publication featuring all things Southern.

Added by Caralyn Davis on January 4, 2013 at 8:04pm — No Comments

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