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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’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 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: a story-poem stage presentation(part of  Living Poem)See video of Act 1, Scene 1: The SettingPrologue Narrator:   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…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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Author of six books, contributor to others, with four books in progress.  Columnist, creative writer, website creator, public speaker, reading advocate, humanist and environmentalist.

 

The New Focus and the Four Books

 

I was diagnosed with ALS at the beginning of 2018, and many projects of mine now come down to four:

 

  1. Western North Carolina: A Closely-Felt History
  2. Gail Godwin’s Contributions to Literature: An Appreciation
  3. 102 Distractions: A Legacy of Imagination
  4. Living Poem, including “The Main Show,” a narrative poem for stage

 

 In “The Main Show,” characters and story spirals come together suspensefully in a mythical gated community with an infirmary.  Characters connect to the Rift Valley in Kenya; 1950s America; a godly haven; and a CSI team investigating ALS.  The 1950s becomes the setting for a climactic maelstrom of interactions and a notion of hope amid rapid decline.

 

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Editor, The Making of a a Writer: The Journals of Gail Godwin (Vol. 1, Random House, 2006; Vol. 2, Random House, 2010)

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Authoritative, illustrated history of River Arts District with the contemporary photos by Henry Neufeld.

 

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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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The Main Show: a story-poem stage presentation(part of  Living Poem)See video of Act 1, Scene 1: The SettingPrologue Narrator:   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…See More
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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
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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
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The Sultan's Dream

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
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The Tale of Ononis

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
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Dom Flemons legendary musician at BRCC Jan 25

Dom Flemons, Grammy Award Winning Banjo Player, Jan. 25

Dom Flemons, legendary banjo player and co-founder of the Carolina Chocolate Drops performs 7 p.m., January 25th, at Blue Ridge Community College’s Thomas Auditorium.

The show is the latest “Keeping the Fires Burning” series, produced by The Center for Cultural Preservation to celebrates the heroes of Southern Appalachian culture.

Dom awakened Americans to the rich…

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Cherokee and WNC music and dance events

Two Big Cultural Events in December in Hendersonville & Asheville

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The Center for Cultural Preservation, WNC’s cultural history and documentary film center, presents, Cherokee Music and Dance on Thursday, December 7, 7 p.m., Blue Ridge Community College’s Thomas Auditorium.  Tickets are $5. 

The screening of A Great American Tapestry will be held on December 2, 2 p.m., at the Osher Lifelong Learning…

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Posted on November 15, 2017 at 3:00pm

Sample 8 Great Smokies Writers at Malaprop’s, Oct. 15

Writers in UNC Asheville’s Great Smokies Writing Program (GSWP)

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Malaprop's Bookstore/Café, 55 Haywood St., Asheville, 3 p.m., Sun.,

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Elizabeth Lutyens, editor of the GSWP’s Great Smokies Review, leads the…

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Posted on October 6, 2017 at 9:00am

How to make a monument Waynesville style

For a monument in a parking lot

How might an artist portray a Plott?

The Forga family owns the only downtown parking lot in Hazelwood and wants a statue of a Plott Hound, the N.C. State Dog, put at its center in honor of the late Robert Forga and his wife, Viola.   The family engaged the Waynesville Public Art Commission to find an artist, and now the decision’s down to three

 

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At 12:54pm on June 19, 2014, Jerald Pope said…

Hey Rob,

Can you make it to the reading tonight? If not, where can I send you a copy of the book?

Best to email me at <jerry@harebrandideas.com>

At 3:02pm on June 3, 2014, Jerald Pope said…

Hey Rob,

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.

At 8:56pm on November 16, 2012, RhondaKay Brigman said…

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

At 11:24am on April 30, 2012, Kathy Olsen said…

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 kolsen@haywoodnc.net. Thanks! Hope to see you at these events, they sound like they are right up your alley. Kathy

At 8:28pm on April 9, 2012, Chris Weaver said…

(Hey Rob - I could not find your email address so below is an intended email to you.  Thanks!)

Dear Rob,


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.

Cheers,
Chris
chrisgweaver13@gmail.com
At 1:36pm on June 10, 2011, Sharyn McCrumb said…
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!
At 4:53pm on May 23, 2011, Mary A. Berger said…

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.  

Thanks!

Mary A. Berger

At 2:13pm on March 27, 2011, Lynn Salsi said…
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.
At 10:28am on February 18, 2011, Michael Lodico said…
Had a great guided tour of the collection. It was an excellent trip overall - enjoyed staying at the Algonquin and imagining all those witty folk trading jibes around the table...
At 12:26am on February 10, 2011, Sharyn McCrumb said…
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.
 
 
 

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