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Nancy Werking Poling at Black Mountain Library

June 15, 2019 from 3pm to 4pm
Can women rescue the planet from ecological disaster?Nancy Werking Poling will launch her new novel, WHILE EARTH STILL SPEAKS, set in WNC. She'll tell the stories behind the story: How did Mary (more crone than virgin) get into the narrative? And Mary Surratt, a co-conspirator of John Wilkes Booth?See More
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Flat Rock history via a road

Travelling back in time on a Flat Rock roadby Rob Neufeld             If you walk the one mile length of North Highland Lake Road in Flat Rock, you step nearly 200 years into the past.            At the east end, the 21st century reigns.  Fronting six-lane Spartanburg Highway, a super-Ingles sits above a bog; and a CVS store faces an Octopus Garden smoke shop, a chiropractor, a cell phone provider, and a six-lane avenue to I-26 a mile away .            Neither Ingles nor CVS carries the big…See More
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Connie Regan-Blake Storytelling at Hendersonville Public Library at Henderson County Public Library - Main Branch

June 13, 2019 from 6pm to 7pm
Join Connie Regan-Blake for a family oriented evening of stories at the Hendersonville Library.See More
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Connie Regan-Blake’s 14th Annual Summer Storytelling Retreat & Adventure at StoryWindow Productions

July 14, 2019 at 10am to July 20, 2019 at 4pm
Come to the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville for 7 days of story-listening & story-telling along with coaching, community & supportive exploration. This 14th annual workshop welcomes all levels of expertise, from beginner to experienced teller. Participants discover ways of being in the world that nurture your creative flow while developing skills to: Find, create, learn, and polish storiesEffectively integrate voice with image,…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
Please 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.” Here are the tellers for our April 6th “Slice of Life” performance.  Christine Phillips Westfeldt, Kyra Freeman, Steve Tate, Alberta Hipps and more! The event is hosted by the …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,…See More
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Stealth Hazy - 'Gun Clap'

Stealth Hazy - Gun ClapI got 80 rounds with a beam on it riding dirty I'm smoking chronic top off hear that system pound 808 thats subsonicI double down quadruple upstraight droppin with no cutwilt chamberlain on the reboundand you a fan just starstruckI…See More
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Connie Regan-Blake’s 14th Annual Summer Storytelling Retreat & Adventure at StoryWindow Productions

July 14, 2019 at 10am to July 20, 2019 at 4pm
Come to the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville for 7 days of story-listening & story-telling along with coaching, community & supportive exploration. This 14th annual workshop welcomes all levels of expertise, from beginner to experienced teller. Participants discover ways of being in the world that nurture your creative flow while developing skills to: Find, create, learn, and polish storiesEffectively integrate voice with image,…See More
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Montreat College Friends of the Library Celebrate National Library Week at Graham Chapel, Gaither Hall, Montreat College, Montreat, NC

April 9, 2019 from 3pm to 5pm
Patti Callahan, author of the recent novel Becoming Mrs. Lewis, and Don W. King author of Out of My Bone: the Letters of Joy Davidman, A Naked Tree: Love Sonnets to C. S. Lewis, and Yet One More Spring: a Critical Study of Joy Davidman, will co-present on their works about Joy and her husband C.S. Lewis.  The event is free and open to the public on April 9, 2019 in Graham Chapel, Gaither Hall, Montreat College.Reception and Book signing to followSee More
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TWO NEW APPALACHIAN NOVELS

I have, just released two Appalachian Novels.OUT OF THE SHADOWS, begins deep in the Appalachian Mountains of in WNC. It is partly a true story about a young man who ran away from home at the age of fifteen. He meets another runaway, and they fall in love.A journey where he faced adversaries, but also success as he walked, hitchhiked, and made his way across the country.GONE LIKE A CANDLE IN THE WIND, is a story of three young people growing up in a farming community in the Appalachian…See More
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The Main Show

The Main Show: a story-poem stage presentation(part of  Living Poem)See video of Act 1, Scene 1: The SettingProgram Notes (A program note reader comes out to read from the program notes.) Reader: 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…See More
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Hollywood Pictures Inc in Fairview

In the 1920's it seemed the whole country was caught up in excitement about films and Hollywood.    Asheville and Western North Carolina were well aware of the hoopla of Hollywood.   In fact, Hollywood (or at least filmmaking) was already beginning to come to Western NC.I recently stumble across an article from the Jun 6 1926 issue of The Asheville Citizen Times which mentions that Hollywood Pictures Inc, was planning to film just south of Asheville, near Fairview.  But....was this really…See More
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It's been three years since I first met Glenda Beall. We submitted one of Chitter's poems to a Poetry Contest for children-Chitter didn't win a prize-but through the contest we won a friend for life-Glenda Beall. From the first time I heard Glenda read one of her poems-I was hooked on her writing. It resonates with me in a way that's hard to describe-her poems weave their way into my mind and come back to me at the oddest moments-always comforting me with the knowledge that she's walked many of the same roads of life I have.

Glenda recently published a new book of poetry Now Might As Well Be Then-I thought this would be a great time to interview her for my Appalachian Writers Series.

When did you start writing?

I began writing when I was very young. I always loved opening a pack of Blue Horse paper and sharpening my pencils for school. I can still remember the thrill of having a fresh clean sheet of paper before me. As a little girl I built a place in the chinaberry tree behind our house where I could climb up among the leaves, sit and write while birds flew in and out of the branches around me.

Is there one person who stands out in your mind-who encouraged you along the way?

I kept my writing to myself until I was in high school and college and then I shared it with my sister, June and her husband, Stan. They were supportive, but it wasn't until I moved to Hayesville, NC in 1995 and met Nancy Simpson that I began to read my work for others and share my poetry. Nancy's classes for the next several years, helped me to finally have the courage to believe in myself as a writer. However, I was of the age by then that I'd never reach the goals I'd had as a child.

Your most recent book is a book of poetry-do you write other genres as well?

I write personal essays, memoir and recently have begun submitting short stories for publication. A couple of short stories have appeared in online journals.
You also teach writing classes and work for Netwest-could you tell me about both?
I was inspired by Nancy Simpsonto help others who were like me - writers in secret but who were not confidant enough to submit work or share it. I teach at the John C. Campbell Folk School and at Tri-County Community College, but I have begun a new venture teaching at my house in my writing studio. Our first class is April 6, and I'll teach several more classes from now until September. We are also having guest teachers at Writers Circle, which is what I call my studio and my program.
I joined the North Carolina Writers Network in 1995 when I moved here. That made me a member of NCWN West (Netwest)a chapter of the state organization. In 2007, I accepted the leadership of Netwest and enjoyed meeting the many members we have throughout the western part of North Carolina and bordering counties of South Carolina and North Georgia. I resigned as Program Coordinator last year when my husband passed away, but now serve as Clay County Representative for NCWN West. This organization has been most influential in my writing success. Through the website, www.netwestwriters.blogspot.com our mountain writers have gained recognition throughout the state and all over the country.
You haven't always lived in Appalachia-and yet much of your writing reminds me of my childhood here in the mountains-why do you think your writing resonates with so many folks in Appalachia?
I found a kinship with people in Appalachia because I had much the same culture growing up in southwest Georgia in the fifties and sixties. My father was a farmer and I grew up in a rural community, enjoying many of the same good things you and others here in Clay County enjoy. We always had a wonderful garden each year. My father butchered hogs when I was little, and we had a smoke house where hams. bacon and other good stuff was cured. We attended country churches and my brothers sang gospel music at all-day sings. My friends and I rode horses on Saturdays. We held square dances in the loft of a barn on our farm. I loved the simple life where I grew up, and I see some of it still in the southern Appalachians.
Where can people find your latest book?
My poetry book, Now Might As Well Be Then, is available from me, from Carolina Crafting in Brasstown, from Shrimps in Hayesville, from your local bookstores (they can order it from www.finishinglinepress.com) and it is available on www.Amazon.com.
When you think of Appalachia what comes to mind?
I should have been born here in the mountains. I love the climate, the friendly, down to earth people, the fact that every time I look out of my window the scene before me changes with the shadows on the mountains. The sky will change from light to dark in a few minutes, and at night it becomes a blue-black backdrop for millions of stars. I love the birds of all sizes and shapes that come to my feeders and light in my trees, especially the piliated woodpeckers, the hawks and doves, and the yellow finches that swarm in here in spring. Most of all, when I go away and come back, I feel a peace settle over me at my first glimpse of a mountain range. I am at home here.
I've selected a poem from Glenda's new book to share with you.
Tomato Man
Ruby tomatoes in small tan baskets
beg me to buy my lunch. Overalled
and raisin brown, he sits slumped
on the tailgate of a rusty red pickup,
his floppy hat a shade against the burning sun.
Will the two dollar baskets buy
groceries to take home to the waiting
wife who helped him pick the plump fruit?
Or will he go by Bernie's Quik Stop
buy a six pack or two, and cigarettes
that stain his teeth, tar his lungs?
He thanks me for my business, but his faded
eyes belie a mind that's somewhere else.
Today takes care of today. Tomorrow
he'll be here again, the tomatoes
redder, softer, a few fresh ones
sprinkled in, to appeal to people
who smile, and speak,
but never see him.
I hope you enjoyed the interview. And if you liked Glenda's poems-I highly encourage you to buy her book-cause it's full of good ones.
Leave Glenda a comment-and I'll make sure she reads it.
Tipper
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