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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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December 2008 Blog Posts (12)

Dropping Possums



You've heard of watching the Big Ball drop on New Years Eve-have you heard of watching a Possum drop? Clay Logan, a gentleman down the road from me, has become quite famous for hosting his annual Possum Drop.



The Possum Drop is a huge event-each year it draws a larger crowd than the previous year-last year over 500 attended. However, not all folks are pleased with the event.…



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Added by Tipper on December 29, 2008 at 4:56pm — No Comments

Johnny B Goode and Breaking Up Christmas



In the early 1900s, folks living in the mountains of North Carolina lengthened the holiday season by celebrating the 2 weeks following Christmas-they called it Breaking Up Christmas.





Residents in the community would host a series of house parties. Each night the party would be held in a different… Continue

Added by Tipper on December 27, 2008 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Christmas In Appalachia 1938



My Great Aunt, Hazel Currie, recently shared a Christmas memory with me-an Appalachian Christmas memory.





The first Christmas I can recall clearly was in 1938. We lived in Cherokee County, NC along the Hiawasse River on the Harshaw Farm, where my Poppa was a sharecropper.



I remember Poppa bringing in a pine tree he'd cut in the woods-he'd even found one with pine cones-already…
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Added by Tipper on December 18, 2008 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

A White Pine Christmas



At the center of my childhood Christmas memories stands a White Pine. Granny loves Christmas-the decorating, the cooking, the merry making. Growing up, her excitement made Christmas truly special-even though there was never much money.



I was a teenager before I realized you could buy a Christmas tree specially grown and cut. I figured everyone went out in the woods and cut one like we did. Neither did I realize the White Pine is at the… Continue

Added by Tipper on December 16, 2008 at 12:17pm — 1 Comment

Songs Of Christmas



Just in time for Christmas-Paul and Pap's first Christmas CD is available NOW! For the past few weeks you've been listening to a few of the songs on the player-the CD has additional songs (you can see the titles below). All music and vocals are performed by Paul and Pap with the exception of The Little Drummer Boy an instrumental performed by Henry Wilson, Pap's baby brother. Henry has been playing guitar-mostly Chet Atkins style-since he was a… Continue

Added by Tipper on December 11, 2008 at 2:40pm — No Comments

tuesday in b'klyn

with time to kill
while my cat gets his balls
snipped off,
i go up to the botanical gardens.
the roses are in bloom.
i sniff the hybrid teas,
careful
not to annoy
the bees
as they frantically
roll and rub themselves
in sex.

Added by Vittoria repetto on December 10, 2008 at 9:30pm — No Comments

the sistine chapel

as god creates the moon.
michelangelo lets.
the robe slip.
showing us.
the ass of god.
pink and firm.

Added by Vittoria repetto on December 10, 2008 at 9:00pm — No Comments

cab poem #9

6 A.M.

ave a & 1st.

an older dyke.

going to park slope.

says nothing.

smokes her cigarettes.

making me stop.

on atlantic ave.

to buy more.

at the brownstone.

she asks me.

to come in.

i say no.

i’m working, lady.

she says.

i got no money.

need to go inside.

get it from my friend.

i say.

leave me the leather jacket.

comes back.

no money.

comes back at 2.

i say.

too much…
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Added by Vittoria repetto on December 10, 2008 at 9:00pm — No Comments

The Green Girls

The Green Girls by Nancy Simpson





A young woman with pale lips



sulks under a Mimosa tree



holding knees close to her breast.



She does not wave at me today



as I drive past. I know why



or think I know, having seen



her sister walking on the road,



head down, tears on her face.



Why have they quarreled?



One is not lovelier than the… Continue

Added by Tipper on December 9, 2008 at 11:46am — No Comments

Appalachian Vocabulary Test 2



It's that time again-time to test your Appalachian Vocabulary skills.



1. Back

2. Backset

3. Bad mouth

4. Bait

5. Bawl

6. Bear down

7. Beatinest

8. Bed tick

9. Biddies

10. Biggety





1. Back-To address a letter "Be sure to back the letter before you put it in the box."

2. Backset-A recurred illness "L.C. was getting better, then he… Continue

Added by Tipper on December 5, 2008 at 10:19am — 2 Comments

choice of poetry

Today I choose poetry in translation that will be read 3 times on the 20th and 21 st of December in a house concert in Antwerp. It are all Native American authors: Several from 'Met Rode Inkt', MariJo Moore's 'Woestijnwoorden' and two by Sherman Alexie not yet published. As always labour of love, now coupled to an exhibtion of Tony Mafia's work ( see Tonymafia the painter.blogspot.com ) and there will be a bunch of musicans improvising and playing. I'll have to learn to improvise the reading… Continue

Added by Tumbleweed on December 3, 2008 at 2:07pm — No Comments

Porkchops and Applesauce In The Mountains



Pork was the primary source of meat for folks in Appalachia up until the 1950s-60s. Most every family had 2 or 3 hogs and usually in late November or early December when the weather had turned off cold the hogs were readied for slaughter.





Pap's father, Wade, was known as a "good hog butcher" around our area. He was called to various homes and farms throughout the hog killing season. For… Continue

Added by Tipper on December 3, 2008 at 1:00pm — No Comments

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