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
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
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
The Main Show: a story-poem stage presentation(part of Living Poem)Program 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 flower,A disaster streaming off extremes it breedsEverywhere and in our minds,…See More
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
IntermissionHear audio by clicking mp3 attachment!(Part of poem, "Coalescence") I thought I might take a break at this point to look around,Now that I’m in the business of making things resound.It’s so nice to have the luxury of being carefree. If you stop and sit back and try to take in everything,It stuns you and you can’t focus on anythingUntil something crops up, and what…See More
The Main Show: A Story Poem Cycle(formerly, Coalescence) (part of Living Poem)The Main Show Program Notes (A program note reader comes out to read from the program notes.) 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 flower,A disaster streaming off extremes it breedsEverywhere and…See More
The Sultan’s Dream (Part of Living Poem) When it comes to walking, the jig’s up.No more fit lad sitting at the pub.No more flim-flam smiling with a limp. See how the legs totter and the torso leans.Do you know what a lame sultan dreams?Of reclining on a divan wearing pantaloons, Comparing his plight to a mountaineer’sNegotiating an icy bluff in a fierce wind,And then lounging in a tent to unwind. Which…See More
The Tale of Ononis by Rob Neufeld Part 1: The Making of a Celebrity ❧ Hare Begins His Tale Ononis was my region’s name.People now call it Never-the-same.I’ll start with the day a delivery came. The package I got was a devil’s dare,Swaddled and knotted in Swamp Bloat hairAnd bearing, in red, one word: “Beware!” Bloats are creatures from the Land of Mud Pies,Wallowing in waste with tightly closed eyesUntil fears bring tears and the bleary bloats rise. ❧ Hare’s Colleagues I asked my boss,…See More
Join this internationally renowned storyteller, Connie Regan-Blake, as she transforms a packed theater into an intimate circle of friends with old-timey charm, wisdom, and humor. We’ll also welcome the Singer of Stories, Donna Marie Todd, who will perform her original story, “The Amazing Zicafoose Sisters.” Connie’s last two shows at BMCA have sold…See More
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.” The event will be hosted by the Black Mountain Center for the Arts, just a short drive from Asheville nestled in the picturesque mountains surrounding the area. Call the Center for advance tickets (828) 669-0930 or order…See More
I've accidentally written a comic historical sci-fi beach novel about Black Mountain. Would you care to read it with an eye towards reviewing?
Here is a preview of the press release:
Local artist and Swannanoa Valley historian Jerald Pope is releasing his first novel, “The Elvis Tooth.” Pope describes the book as “a comic, historical, science fiction beach book, about Black Mountain that combines real history and stories with a time travel flair,” The titular tooth, the key McGuffin in the story, was an actual tooth pulled from Elvis Presley’s mouth in Black Mountain by Dr. Love in 1975.
Pope is best known for the “Way Back When” series of plays that ran at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts for several years. He wrote, directed, designed, and occasionally acted in those compilations of historical narratives and original songs.
He also wrote and illustrated “Step Back in Time,” a walking tour of Black Mountain, as well as several children’s picture books, including “Madeleine Claire and the Dinosaur,” and “The Minute Elf.”
“The Elvis Tooth” is the story of an ordinary tourist, in Black Mountain to get married, who wanders into Pellom’s Time Shop and inexplicably finds himself sixty-five years in the past. (Many locals will know the feeling.) As he struggles to identify allies and clues that can get him back in time for the wedding, he becomes aware that more than time has shifted; his appreciation of a lost American sensibility grows. Although he quickly learns it wasn’t all the Andy Griffith Show.
Like Odysseus wending his wandering way back to Ithaca, our hero meets a variety of strange characters that could either help or hinder his journey. Some share stories or riddles that seem to exist solely for the pleasure of their telling. Or do they? Now he must get from 1948 to 1975, abscond with The King’s rotten molar, and then jump again back to the present.
Beside Elvis, a young Nina Simone, Merce Cunningham, and others whose fame is more local make an appearance. The book is a delightful blend of history and histrionics that will inform readers as it tickles their funny bones.
Hi Rob, would it be possible in the Members listing to be able to look up via location? Such as in NC, or Asheville, or in my case, Blairsville, or WNC or NE-GA? It would be so much easier trying to find if there are 'friends' on here that you could link up with, follow thier posts, as well as locate 'new friends' you haven't met yet from your area. Thanks for considering this additional programming. Best Regards, RhondaKay Brigman
Rob- Would love to invite you to the reception in June for the traveling LIncoln exhibit we are hosting. I will also give you all the information for the David Madden programs and also the Barbara Bates Smith program. She is performing Ron Rash's short story "Lincolnites" which will be enhanced by the beautiful music of Jeff Sebens. I can mail you the small poster and the invitation the 'old fashioned' way. Send your mailing address to me at email@example.com. Thanks! Hope to see you at these events, they sound like they are right up your alley. Kathy
(Hey Rob - I could not find your email address so below is an intended email to you. Thanks!)
I have been enjoying The Read on WNC after discovering several months ago. It is a remarkable resource ~ clearly a labor of love!
I am a 3rd grade teacher at Evergreen Community Charter School in Haw Creek. I love to create curriculum, especially big cross-disciplinary projects. I have a challenge that I am excited about turning into an opportunity for true community-based education.
Next year, all NC public schools implement new essential standards in social studies. Interestingly, there is a new focus on local history, particularly in the 3rd grade curriculum.
I am working on a major curriculum project where our students at Evergreen would each choose a significant person, place, event, or innovation that has helped to make Asheville what it is today. The students would do research, including interviewing adults with local knowledge and doing fieldwork. The kids would write and also build something to honor their subject, culminating in a community gallery/presentation event.
Among the challenges in making this happen is the reality that there are not many written research resources that are at the right level for elementary school readers. I have some ideas that I am excited about on how to address this...but I imagine you do too, and I would love to hear yours.
Would you be interested in having a cup of coffee or a beer sometime to talk about this?
I would actually teach (facilitate) this project starting in January of next year, but I hope to start much sooner in gathering help & building momentum. I also hope that a local community education project like this could benefit teachers and students in other schools as well.
Thanks for the interview, Rob, and for your patience. Other than the people who helped with the research, you are the first person I talked to who knew anything about the Tom Dula story, and I was dying to talk about it. Thanks for listening!
Rob - I thought the BookFest was a huge success, and your interview with Ann B. Ross was delightful. May I ask if you do book reviews for authors? My character, Mattie, in "The Trouble with Mattie," tells me she would be ever grateful to you.
Thought you might like to know that the comments I "captured" from you about the importance of book reviews will appear in the new book Many Genres: One Craft, Lessons in Writing Popular Fiction. I wrote only one chapter, as it is a compilation of lessons and advice by many authors, many whom earned either Master's degrees, Master of Fine Arts degrees, or both, from Seton Hill University in Greenburg, PA. It was edited by Bram Stoker award winner, Michael Arnzen and fantasy writer, Heidi Miller. There are also guests in the book, such as Tess Gerritsen, internationally known thriller writer, and Ginger Clark, book agent at Curtis Brown. Published by Headline Books of Terra Alta, West Virginia, it is scheduled for release at the end of April. I will promote the book at the Grub Street Writer's Festival in Boston the last weekend of April.
Thanks, Rob! Glad to be here. As you probably know, my next novel is "The Ballad of Tom Dooley," (Thomas Dunne Books, August 2011). Because Tom Dula was defended by NC's Confederate governor, Zebulon Baird Vance, I am scheduled to do a program on the novel at the Zebulon Vance birthplace on Saturday, November 5.
Rob, You were, of course, on the original list I sent to the publisher to get a review copy of ABDUCTED BY CIRCUMSTANCE. I also asked Tom Post at UTenn Press twice to follow up with copies, so it is a mystery that none reached you. Of my ten novels, this one has had one problem after another. I appreciate your asking for a copy.
What is the best address for books to reach you? I will ask Tom Post again to send a copy and I will send one myself just to make sure. I crave your insights about this strange novel. I read at Montford Books last night and will read at Malaprop's June 26 and maybe Chan's shop later, and other places all around.
Your reviews and The Read perform a great service in the Asheville area literary firmament.
Yes, there is now a no trespassing sign at the driveway access to the cemetery. I don't know who owns the property now, but my guess is they don't want to deal with folks coming up their drive and parking at the cemetery entrance. I'm pretty sure the cemetery is not part of their property, but their drive is the most logical access. It is accessible (as far as I know) from another driveway, but its a tough walk up a steep hill. NC statutes cover access to cemeteries, but the law relates to relatives of those buried there not being denied access. I don't think the law would apply to the general public. It is a disappointment the driveway has been posted.
When I worked on Madison County Civil War Trails markers, I discussed putting up a marker down there with a long time resident with deep roots there. I asked the person to talk with others to get an idea if the community was in favor. The reply to me was that they were not interested, so I dropped the idea.
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It looks good, Rob. Thanks! Robert Bixby posted the 8th chapter in his comment, so readers can delve into a later part of the book--Esther and Davis Lee's first real date.
I think the section you paraphrased and quoted from is provocative and hopefully will get some responses!
Rob, thanks so much for posting our anthology Clothes Lines. And thank you, Kay, for the plug and for posting it on your blog. Celia Miles and I had a ball at our "office"--McDonald's in Biltmore--chosing submissions and editing the book. We are very glad to have such a collective positive response to our book.
Hello Rob:) Thank you ror your suggestion about posting part of my book. How do I do it? Could you point me in the right direction-I am looking for proffesional critique... That's where I am and what I need. Thanks again, I know you are very busy man:)Halina
Rob, how do I get you interested in my book? The title is A Beagle's Tale...
Would this be a good first step:)?
I am so excited, I have just learned about this writer community right here,at home. I hope I will get to meet some of you at Barnes and Noble-Wednesday reading group? I am mixing things up,right?
Glad to make new friends:)Halina