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Connie Regan-Blake updated an event

A Slice of Life: An Evening of Stories at Black Mountain Center for the Arts

April 21, 2018 from 7:30pm to 9pm
Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 7:30 pm, join nationally celebrated storyteller, Connie Regan-Blake, as she hosts her "Taking the Stage" workshop participants, for an enchanting evening of storytelling in picturesque Black Mountain, NC. You'll enjoy a variety of stories and storytelling styles featuring tellers Jane O Cunningham from Rome, GA; Gabriele Marewski from Black Mountain, NC; Christine Phillips Westfeldt - Fairview,…See More
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Writers Circle around the Table

We are located in Hayesville, NC. In April we begin our new season with outstanding Poet Mike James. Mike will read at Writers' Night Out in Blairsville, GA on Friday evening April 13. On Saturday, April 14, he will teach a class at my studio.Formally SpeakingThis class will focus on different types of traditional poetic forms such as the sonnet, the villanelle, and the sestina, and will also include other verse forms such as erasures, found poems, prose poems, and last poems.Contact Glenda…See More
Mar 12
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Rachel Carson, Silent Spring Chautauqua History Alive at UNC Asheville, OLLI Reuters Center, Manheimer Room

April 15, 2018 from 3pm to 4:30pm
Step inside the revolutionary book, Silent Spring as its author Rachel Carson reveals the reckless destruction of our living world. Written more than 55 years ago Silent Spring inspired the Environmental Movement and has never been out of print. And now you have a chance to ask the author, Rachel Carson, how this came to be. But these aren’t just performances. They’re a chance to step into Living History – to ask questions and go one on one with a women whose books shaped our country and our…See More
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"She looks like I look in my imagination right before I've had my coffee ... relaxed, bothered (by something, anything) and fully aware that I'm almost, but not quite, the center of the universe ... a feeling that quickly fades after that…"
Mar 4
Lynn Hamilton-Rutherford replied to Kathryn Stripling Byer's discussion Mary Adams's new chapbook COMMANDMENT
"This is so perfect ... the thought of every woman, who KNOWS what the men are thinking!  But now at least we have an idea! This makes me happy in a sad, lovely sort of way!"
Mar 4
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Mom in Her Writing Nook ...

She was working on the "About the Authors" section of "Echoes Across the Blue Ridge" when I captured this one morning. Though you can't see it, her coffee cup was within gentle reach that morning. Roxie is at her feet.
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Lexie likes to sleep in the sunshine even on cold days.
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In 1945 Indiana prohibited marriage between a white person and anyone with more than one-eighth "Negro blood." Yet Daniel (black) and Anna (white) gave up family, friends, and eventually even country to create a life together. Their 42-year marriage…
Feb 5
Nancy Werking Poling replied to Rob Neufeld's discussion Bent Creek, the 4-part story
"Rob, Thanks for putting this into one document. I've been following the narrative in the Citizen-Times. I find it an added resource for my next writing project. In 1910 my husband's grandfather (1866-1947) showed up in Missouri and said…"
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Lee Ann Brown replied to Rob Neufeld's discussion Writer Olive Dargan rises from obscurity
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Focusing on the aftermath of the 2008 Financial Crisis, The Bang Bang Brokers tells the story of a hedge fund manager (based on a composite of real life traders) who got rich off of predicting the subprime fallout. His guilt and suicidal impulses lead him to a chance meeting with a Latino Gang, headed by small time weed dealer Ramon (Erik Michael Estrada). In hopes that Ramon will kill him in exchange for the favor, Rolley (played by Donihue) robs a rival Black Gang, earning the pair a ton of…See More
Feb 4

R.T. Smith--Rachel-Rivers Coffey Distinguished Professor in Creative Writing at App State

R.T. Smith, poet, story-writer, and founder of Cold Mountain Review, honored with App State role

See notice of new book at Washington & Lee U.


BOONE—Writer R.T. (Rod) Smith has been named the 2015-16 Rachel Rivers-Coffey Distinguished Professor in Creative Writing at Appalachian State University. Smith will lead an eight-week colloquium during fall semester for students in Appalachian’s creative writing program.


Smith currently is writer-in-residence in the Department of English at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia. A frequent guest of the university’s Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series, Smith earned a master’s degree from Appalachian in 1976.


“My professors were not reluctant to point out where I might improve, where I needed to be more precise or support my argument with more evidence,” he said of his time as a student in Boone.


“They didn’t settle for less than the rewritten, reworked, revised and re-imagined sentence.  They set high standards as both thinkers and rhetoricians, and taught me to stretch my boundaries and make room for writers I didn’t yet understand or like,” he said.


While at Appalachian, Smith founded the journal Cold Mountain Review but credits alumnus Donald Secrest who provided “encouragement and then the assistance” and “quickly assumed a formal role with the journal.”


“R.T. Smith has a rich past with Appalachian. He’s actually a bit of a legend in the English department; and, truly, his name has become synonymous with creative writing on this campus,” said Joseph Bathanti, a professor of creative writing in Appalachian’s Department of English and director of the Rivers-Coffey Professorship. Bathanti also directs of the Writing in the Field program and is writer-in-residence in the university’s Watauga Residential College.


“In 1972, R.T. founded Cold Mountain Review, which started out essentially as a venue for student work. Over time, CMR has positioned itself among the most prestigious literary journals in the nation. Since his years here, R.T. has gone on to become a writer and editor of singular renown. We could not be happier at his homecoming as this year’s Rachel Rivers-Coffey Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing.”


In addition to teaching, Smith will speak at the visiting writers series fall event Sept. 24.


Smith taught at Auburn University for 19 years and was coeditor of the Southern Humanities Review. He has edited Shenandoah: The Washington and Lee University Review since 1995 and was named writer-in-residence at Washington and Lee in 2009, where he also teaches courses on fiction writing and literature.


He is the author of the poetry collections “The Red Wolf: A Dream of Flannery O’Connor,” “In the Night Orchard: New & Selected Poems,” “Outlaw Style: Poems” and “The Hollow Log Lounge.” His short story collections include “Uke River Delivers,” “The Calaboose Epistles: Stories,” “Sherburne,” and others.


Smith has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Virginia Commission for the Arts and has won the Cohen Prize from Ploughshares and a Pushcart Prize. He won the 2013 Carole Weinstein Prize in Poetry. His poetry has been published in “Best American Poetry” and his stories have appeared in “Best American Mystery Stories,” “The Pushcart Prize Anthology,” “New Stories from the South” and “Best American Short Stories.”


About the Rachel Rivers-Coffey Distinguished Professorship in Creative Writing

Honoring the late newspaperwoman and writer Rachel Rivers-Coffey, the Rachel Rivers-Coffey Distinguished Professorship in Creative Writing annually sponsors the residency of a writer of national prominence. The position rotates among various distinguished authors of all creative genres. Distinguished professors teach a creative writing seminar, conduct community outreach and other off-campus activities, and are featured annually in the Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series.

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