Some writers can use language to create images that evoke the gamut of emotions. Some writers can tell a darn good story. But not every writer can do both.
Paula Kane, a long-time student in the Great Smokies Writing Program, is a card-carrying member of that special class of writers whose words can make you shiver with their beauty while still satisfying your desire for plots and character development. Her short story, "The Color of Magic," appears in the premier issue of The Great Smokies Review, the new on-line literary magazine from the Great Smokies Writing Program and UNC-Asheville.
This first issue has something for everyone who is interested in WNC arts and literature: short stories; memoir; poetry; novel excerpts; an intriguing interview with screenwriter Joe Stinson, who gives advice that can benefit writers of all genres; and an insightful craft article discussing the use of coincidence in fiction.
I'm excited by the variety and overall excellence of The Great Smokies Review's launch. WNC has its share of literary giants on the mountaintops, but high-quality poetry and literature are bubbling up through the "valleys" of our writing programs as well. Please check out the premier issue of The Great Smokies Review