2016 Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition
Tuesday, March 1, the submission window closes.
The Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition accepts one-poem submissions. The contest awards the winner $200 and publication in "storySouth." The final judge is Sarah Rose Nordgren, author of the poetry collection "Best Bones" (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2014), which was selected by Ed…
Added by Rob Neufeld on February 17, 2016 at 3:00pm — No Comments
What I remember the most about Vance Elementary School in West Asheville , NC is the color red. I could remember lots of other things about my first school. It was at Vance that I said my first curse word. Also, I got into my first fight, saw my first professional yo yo performance and was caught breaking into the concession stand. I learned a lot at Vance. I learned that there are good teachers and not so good teachers. I learned that the world is inhabited by…Continue
Added by Toby Hill on February 16, 2016 at 9:34pm — No Comments
“Unveiling Our Treasures” program
Pauline Johnson and Roman Blevins present "North Carolina History: From the Archives to the Classroom,” based on their research in the Southern Appalachian Archives, at the Liston B. Ramsey Center for Regional Studies, Thurs., February 18th at 3 p.m. , Mars Hill University.
Added by Rob Neufeld on February 15, 2016 at 2:30pm — No Comments
Key Appalachian studies publications now going online
from press release, Jan. 27. 2016
Appalachian studies scholars and those interested in regional history will have greater access to out-of-print works thanks to a two-year National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Open Book Program grant totaling $88,000 awarded to Belk Library and Information Commons at Appalachian State University.…Continue
Added by Rob Neufeld on January 30, 2016 at 9:11pm — No Comments
Two articles leapt at my consciousness this week, both about writing. And suddenly, I know how to go forward from here.
The first, The Price I Pay to Write, by Laura Bogart and published online…
Added by susannah eanes on January 24, 2016 at 10:56am — No Comments
Black Mountain College artist--from obscurity to rediscovery
Ray Spillenger: Rediscovery of a Black Mountain Painter
Exhibition: January 22, 2016 – May 21, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday, January 22 from 5:30 - 8:00 p.m., FREE Admission
Curated by Dr. Theodore E. Stebbins Jr., Curator of American Art, Emeritus, Harvard Art Museums
Gallery talk by the curator at 6:45 p.m., January 22, 2016
Added by Rob Neufeld on January 8, 2016 at 8:30pm — No Comments
Writer's Workshop Poetry Contest
26th ANNUAL POETRY CONTEST
The Writers' Workshop of Asheville is sponsoring its 26th Annual Poetry Contest, open to any writer regardless of residence. The deadline is: postmarked or emailed by Feb. 28, 2016. Mail…Continue
Added by Rob Neufeld on January 8, 2016 at 6:30pm — No Comments
Fire and Ice Roses has been interviewing gardening bloggers and gardening experts and were kind enough to include this short interview recently which was quite fun and very much appreciated! http://fireandiceroses.com/ask-an-expert-kathryn-hall/
Added by Kathryn Hall on January 5, 2016 at 2:02pm — No Comments
History in the making: items of note, January 2, 2016
It was reported in today’s print edition of the Asheville Citizen-Times that a new state law went into effect, requiring people who’ve filed for unemployment benefits to make at least 5 job contacts a week. It had been 2. How will that work? Are there that many jobs for which a person is qualified? Can you apply to the same job twice if it continues to be…Continue
Added by Rob Neufeld on January 2, 2016 at 7:00pm — No Comments
Tarantino, eminent domain, and emancipation
Tarantino comes to town
Quentin Tarantino’s New Year’s gore and gabfest, The Hateful Eight, is gutted by New Yorker reviewer Anthony Lane, who says that Tarantino toys with rather than explores history, using it “for boyish fantasies of revenge, as if enormous crimes could be undone, after the event, by lone and wanton acts of humiliation.” …Continue
Added by Rob Neufeld on January 1, 2016 at 4:19pm — No Comments
Spring 2016 will be great for our region’s literature
Ron Rash publishes Poems: New and Selected, Mar. 15. The author of Serena is one of the country’s great poets and short story writers. Selections from all four previous books of poems are included; as are eight new poems, one of which speaks the mind of a female country singer, “somewhere on a bus between/ Baton Rouge and New Orleans.”
Added by Rob Neufeld on December 19, 2015 at 6:52pm — No Comments
Genetic science fiction comes true
The New York Times (Nov. 19, 2015) reported that a genetically altered salmon has been created, and it grows twice as quickly a regular salmon. It’s called AquAdvantage. (See…Continue
Added by Rob Neufeld on December 12, 2015 at 7:30pm — No Comments
Latest issue of the Appalachian Journal focuses on Appalachian music
from press release
The Appalachian Journal has published its first special edition on Appalachian music. This double issue (vol. 42, nos. 3-4) is the largest one in the journal’s 42-year history, with 300-plus pages and 60-plus contributors.
Guest editors Mark Freed and Trevor McKenzie are both musicians and music teachers who…Continue
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Mmm, them apples in Beaverdam cove
In 1972, Helen Nelon wrote about the traditions of old-time Spooks Branch, off Beaverdam Road. Here's what she said about her use of apples in a cake.
(The full story of Spooks Branch will appear soon.)
There were apples for delicious cider cooled in the spring "dreem" (drain), apples for frying for cold winter days, and for special days there were dried apple sauce fruit cakes.
These cakes were…Continue
Added by Rob Neufeld on November 18, 2015 at 2:30pm — No Comments
So funny, and yet so exposing--Richard Russo's genius
Snakes on the lane
In Richard Russo's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, Empire Falls, the protagonist, Miles recalls the time his father, driving, had accelerated into a box on a highway. “What if that box had been full of rocks?” Miles asks. Unfazed, Max quizzes his son about what he would do about the box. Max says…Continue
Added by Rob Neufeld on November 14, 2015 at 11:31am — No Comments
George Singleton's latest collection of stories, Calloustown...
features the folk who try to survive in a place that has little to offer besides a Finger Museum and a taxidermy petting zoo,
It's funny, but also tragic and angry. The review, "Love-hate humor cries in Calloustown," appears in the Asheville Citizen-Times, Sunday, 11/15/2015. Singleton's at Malaprop’s Bookstore, 7 p.m., Wed., Nov. 18; and at City…Continue
Added by Rob Neufeld on November 10, 2015 at 2:27pm — No Comments
Jim Casada's book on legendary turkey hunters
Jim Casada, our premiere Great Smoky Mountains outdoorsman/writer (see his newsletter) has written a new book, Remembering the Greats: Profiles of Turkey Hunting's Old Masters.
“I knew several great turkey men, and every one of them was passin’ quair," Jim Cassada's grandfather had once told…Continue
Added by Rob Neufeld on November 3, 2015 at 8:30pm — No Comments
Many sports have distinctive sounds associated with them. For those who have participated or watched, the sounds are a big part of the experience. Heard at the moment of success, they remain locked in our minds for all time.
As you read the list below, close your eyes and listen to the sound you recall from that sport, your sport. Can you hear them?
Baseball or softball – crack of the bat…Continue
Added by Bill Ramsey on October 24, 2015 at 5:08pm — No Comments
Culture festival features film about mountain elderts
from press release
The Center for Cultural Preservation presents a film festival that highlights mountain heritage, Jewish heritage and African-American heritage on October 30th at the Thomas Auditorium at Blue Ridge Community College. The festival will feature three films, including the world premiere of a new film, The Land Still Speaks to…Continue
Added by Rob Neufeld on October 8, 2015 at 9:18am — No Comments