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Ellington in Asheville--a survey

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Dave Minneman, heroic portrait

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Ellington in Asheville--a survey

The Douglas Ellington effect: An Appreciationby Rob NeufeldIMAGE: Douglas Ellington’s original drawing for a City Hall-County Courthouse Art Deco complex.            “Dear Douglas,” Kenneth Ellington wrote his brother, the 38-year old Pittsburgh architect, on May 6, 1925, “I know things are…See More
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Dom Flemons legendary musician at BRCC Jan 25

Dom Flemons, Grammy Award Winning Banjo Player, Jan. 25Dom Flemons, legendary banjo player and co-founder of the Carolina Chocolate Drops performs 7 p.m., January 25th, at Blue Ridge Community College’s Thomas Auditorium.The show is the latest “Keeping the Fires Burning” series, produced by The Center for Cultural Preservation to celebrates the heroes of Southern Appalachian culture.Dom awakened Americans to the rich African-American roots tradition that informed old-time and bluegrass…See More
Wednesday
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African-American music in Asheville

Asheville's African-American music meccaby 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 Steele, saxophonist;…See More
Jan 15
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Jan 15
Connie Regan-Blake posted an event

Explore the Landscapes of Story & Telling in 6 Weekly Sessions at Lenoir Rhyne University Center for Graduate Studies Asheville

January 24, 2018 at 10am to February 28, 2018 at 12pm
Explore the Landscapes of Story & Telling in 6 SessionsIt’s winter and Connie Regan-Blake is excited to offer a new learning opportunity to warm-up your storytelling voice and creativity!  Join her in Asheville at Lenoir-Rhyne University (36 Montford Ave) on Wednesday mornings 10:00 am – 12:00pm for six story-work sessions.  This weekly format allows for your…See More
Jan 8
Susan Weinberg posted an event

Reading by Poet Anne Waldman at Table Rock Room 201B, Plemmons Student Union, AppState

March 22, 2018 from 7:30pm to 8:45pm
The Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series presents a reading by Poet ANNE WALDMAN. The author will also present a craft talk from 3:30-4:45 in the same location. Admission is free, and book sales and signing will follow each event. Parking is free on campus after 5 pm, with the parking deck at College & Howard streets recommended. For further details, check www.visitingwriters.appstate.edu.    Anne Waldman is a poet, performer,…See More
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Lyndsay Eli with GUNSLINGER GIRL (YA Novel) at Spellbound Children's Bookshop

January 20, 2018 from 6pm to 7pm
Are you a fan of The Hunger Games?  Then picture what Katniss would be like - with a gun.  That's just a taste of the "new" West action Lyndsay Eli brings to Spellbound Children's Bookshop with Gunslinger Girl.  She shares her debut novel on Saturday, January 20, at 6 p.m. The US has been fractured by a Second Civil War. Serendipity 'Pity' Jones finds a home of sorts in the corrupt, lawless city of Cessation (think Las Vegas on steroids).  Her shooting skills make her a star of the Theater…See More
Nov 20, 2017
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Cherokee and WNC music and dance events

Two Big Cultural Events in December in Hendersonville & Ashevillefrom press releaseThe Center for Cultural Preservation, WNC’s cultural history and documentary film center, presents, Cherokee Music and Dance on Thursday, December 7, 7 p.m., Blue Ridge Community College’s Thomas Auditorium.  Tickets are $5. The screening of A Great American Tapestry will be held on December 2, 2 p.m., at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Reuter Center, UNC Asheville.  Tickets for that event are…See More
Nov 15, 2017
Spellbound posted events
Nov 9, 2017
Rob Neufeld posted a discussion

Battery Park Hill through the ages

Battery Park through the Years by Rob NeufeldPHOTO CAPTIONS: 1) Present-day view of Battery Park Apartments from…See More
Nov 6, 2017
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Oct 13, 2017
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Dave Minneman, heroic portrait

Dave Minneman and a sense of justiceby Rob NeufeldPHOTO CAPTION: Dave Minneman doing research at Pack Memorial Library.  Photo by author.            “One of the biggest things I did as a kid, in order to escape my father,” Asheville resident Dave Minneman says of his 1960s and 70s rural Indiana childhood, “was…See More
Oct 8, 2017
Julia Nunnally Duncan posted an event

Julia Nunnally Duncan at MACA Authors' Booth

October 14, 2017 from 9:30am to 1:30pm
Julia Nunnally Duncan will be signing her new books A Part of Me and A Place That Was Home at the Mountain Glory Festival in downtown Marion on Saturday, October 14, from 9:30-1:30. She will be located at the MACA Authors' booth on Main Street.See More
Oct 7, 2017
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Sample 8 Great Smokies Writers at Malaprop’s, Oct. 15

Writers in UNC Asheville’s Great Smokies Writing Program (GSWP)read atMalaprop's Bookstore/Café, 55 Haywood St., Asheville, 3 p.m., Sun.,Oct. 15 Elizabeth Lutyens, editor of the GSWP’s Great Smokies Review, leads the Prose Master Class and will host the reading. ·        Ellen Carr, who works in the financial industry, will read excerpts from her novel of uneasy relationships, Unmanned. ·        Sarah Carter, an artist and photographer who will publish an excerpt of her novel, Jolene, Joe-Pye,…See More
Oct 6, 2017
Rob Neufeld posted a discussion

Ellington in Asheville--a survey

The Douglas Ellington effect: An Appreciationby Rob NeufeldIMAGE: Douglas Ellington’s original drawing for a City Hall-County Courthouse Art Deco complex.            “Dear Douglas,” Kenneth Ellington wrote his brother, the 38-year old Pittsburgh architect, on May 6, 1925, “I know things are…See More
Oct 6, 2017

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When You Get in the Habit of Saying the Same Thing

Habitual sayings you know - like - so - anyway

Have you ever been around someone who used the same word or words in every sentence? Years ago, I was introduced to a man who at the end of every sentence said and what not. I remember being obsessed with listening to him. I wanted to see if just once he wouldn't say and what not. It never happened. He said the phrase at the end of every…

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Added by Tipper on February 23, 2017 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

Inspiration From Days Gone By

Papaw Wade Earl Wilson

Papaw Wade and his dogs

Since I first started writing here on the Blind Pig one truth has proved itself over and over: you never know where questions will take you.

As will often happen, I already had the thought of wood meandering around my brain when …

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Added by Tipper on February 19, 2017 at 7:15pm — No Comments

Inspiration From Days Gone By

Papaw Wade Earl Wilson

Papaw Wade and his dogs

Since I first started writing here on the Blind Pig one truth has proved itself over and over: you never know where questions will take you.

As will often happen, I already had the thought of wood meandering around my brain when …

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Added by Tipper on February 16, 2017 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Novelist Caldwell and poet Nelson at Malaprop's Feb 19

Wayne Caldwell and Eric Nelson at “Writers at Home,” Feb. 19

(from press release)

Wayne Caldwell and Eric Nelson read at the Writers at Home series, presented by UNC Asheville’s Great Smokies Writing Program (GSWP), 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017, 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.

Caldwell, an Asheville native, is the author of two…

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Added by Rob Neufeld on February 15, 2017 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Novelist Caldwell and poet Nelson at Malaprop's Feb 19

Wayne Caldwell and Eric Nelson at “Writers at Home,” Feb. 19

(from press release)

Wayne Caldwell and Eric Nelson read at the Writers at Home series, presented by UNC Asheville’s Great Smokies Writing Program (GSWP), 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017, 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.

Caldwell, an Asheville native, is the author of two…

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Added by Rob Neufeld on February 15, 2017 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Memories and Food

Memories connected to food

Each of us have memories that are connected to food. Typically those remembrances are directly related to our childhood, you know the things we ate around the family table like the chocolate gravy I told you…

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Added by Tipper on February 11, 2017 at 4:24pm — No Comments

Jewish Studies special events March 23-26

Center for Jewish Studies 35th Anniversary Events

 

from press release

UNC Asheville’s Center for Jewish Studies (CJS) will celebrate its 35th anniversary with a series of special events on and off campus March 23-26. 

Rick Chess talk and reading

UNC Asheville Professor of English Richard Chess has been director of the CJS for the past 25 years and will deliver the 2017…

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Added by Rob Neufeld on February 7, 2017 at 6:28pm — No Comments

Black History Month 2017 at UNC Asheville

Gospel music, a lecture, an exhibition, a discussion for Black History Month 

Feb. 1-26 – An Expose of Fashion, photography exhibition by Micah MacKenzie – This exhibit opens Black History Month with fashion photos featuring models from Asheville, seeking to capture the lingering legacy of the persons of color who have contributed to the architecture, rhythm and tone of the city. Viewing hours weekdays from 8…

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Added by Rob Neufeld on February 4, 2017 at 7:46pm — No Comments

Doris Betts short story prize, Feb 15 deadline

Doris Betts Fiction Prize



Submit an unpublished story of fewer than 6,000 words by February 15.



The final judge is the fiction editor of the North Carolina Literary Review, Liza Wieland, who will award one winner $250 and publication in NCLR. Finalists will also be considered for publication.



Submit here: …

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Added by Rob Neufeld on February 4, 2017 at 7:20pm — No Comments

Hiccup Cures

Hiccup cures from appalachia and beyond

Do you ever get the hiccups? Every once in a while I do. If I have them once during a day-I always have them again before the day is over. My record is 5 different times in one day.

We've all heard drinking water or holding your breath is the remedy to stop hiccups. According to John Parris saying this tongue twister will cure…

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Added by Tipper on February 4, 2017 at 3:00pm — No Comments

How About Some Chocolate Gravy?

A few weeks ago Granny called me one Saturday morning to tell me she had sausage, eggs, biscuits, and chocolate gravy ready if I wanted to come down and eat. It tickled her to death when I told her she was calling me too late - I had already made and eaten my own ham, eggs, biscuits, and chocolate gravy. 

I grew up eating chocolate gravy on Granny's biscuits.…

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Added by Tipper on January 30, 2017 at 3:06pm — No Comments

Writer's Workshop Winter 2017 workshops

WINTER WRITING WORKSHOPS

From press release

 

             The Writers’ Workshop is offering contests and classes for beginning or experienced writers. Classes meet at 387 Beaucatcher Rd., Asheville. Registration is in advance only, at www.twwoa.org. For more info, contact writersw@gmail.com  or 828-254-8111. Financial assistance is available for low-income writers.

 

Feb. 4: Creating Fictional Characters, Dialogue &…

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Added by Rob Neufeld on January 24, 2017 at 11:46am — No Comments

I Dream Of Christmases Of Long Ago

I Dream Of Christmas written by Granny Wilson

I dream of Christmases of long ago

Of trampling home thru cold and snow

Of sitting by the hearth with hearts aglow

And looking forward to Christmas.

I think of times that used to be

When Mom chopped down the holly tree

And James was probably not more than three 

And we had the grandest Christmas.

At Christmas there's more love and cheer,

Perhaps because our Lord seems…

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Added by Tipper on December 23, 2016 at 7:19pm — No Comments

Rose Post Creative Nonfiction Competition, deadline Jan 15

Creative Nonfiction Competition

from press release, December 16, 2016



The 2017 Rose Post Creative Nonfiction Competition is now open for submissions. This contest awards $1,500 in prizes to a piece of lasting nonfiction that is outside the realm of conventional journalism and has relevance to North Carolinians. Subjects may include traditional categories such as reviews, travel articles, profiles or interviews,…

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Added by Rob Neufeld on December 19, 2016 at 8:20pm — No Comments

January 28 day of writer's retreat

Day-long writer's retreat in West Asheville

(from press release)

Flatiron Writers has opened up  the Flatiron Writers Room at 5 Covington Street, West Asheville, and hosts a day-long retreat that includes communal writing, time for yourself, an individual session with novelist Heather Newton and fellowship with other participants. 

You can also add on an optional neck and…

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Added by Rob Neufeld on December 16, 2016 at 11:03am — No Comments

New Rev War novel

My new novel on the American Revolution War is out. "A Passel of Trouble - The Saga of Loyalist Partisan David Fanning." is a fact-based story about one of the most extraordinary characters who fought in the Carolinas.

During the first three years of the war, he was captured fourteen times in South Carolina.  He went to North Carolina in late 1780, was commissioned a colonel by the British Army and created havoc in the central part of the state. Among his most notable raids…

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Added by Joe Epley on December 15, 2016 at 6:08pm — No Comments

Pine Rosin

Over the years I've learned to be wary when one of the girls run up to me holding out her hand telling me to look and see what she found. One time it was a handful of hairless baby mice another it was the entrails of a recently butchered deer. 

So a few weeks ago…

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Added by Tipper on December 2, 2016 at 8:36pm — No Comments

New podcast

Hi folks:

     As you may know, Hendersonville's Ken Butcher regularly posts interviews with NC authors on his website, themiddleoftheair.com.  I was honored recently to do one of these podcasts and some of you might find it interesting.  All the best.

Added by James D. Loy on September 2, 2016 at 1:43pm — No Comments

The Sinister Smile, A Sequel to A haven for Willa Mae by William Roy Pipes

THE SINISTER SMILE, an adult fiction thriller complete at 63,500 words and featuring William and Willa Mae Lawrence, and Howard Thomas. Howard, the affluent son of a wealthy and influential family, who is suspected of feigning insanity to avoid capital punishment for murdering Willa Mae’s mother plus three others.

The novel begins with William and Willa Mae visiting Howard Thomas, a patient who had been in a mental hospital for almost thirteen years. His psychiatrist thought…

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Added by William Roy Pipes on August 27, 2016 at 7:02am — No Comments

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