The memoir took shape while the author was pursuing a Masters of Fine Arts in Writing at the Vermont College of Fine Arts, but McGaha has been penning and publishing shorter pieces about her grandparents — who lived in Canton — for years.
Above and beyond being a writer, Charles Blount sees himself as an African-American writer and part of a tradition that is “always about sharing, sacrificing and standing for what you believe in, and knowing that you might have to be the one to step up and do it.”
In his latest project, Asheville-based rapper Larry “Po’Folk” Williams blends hip-hop and gospel to talk about the belief in himself and a higher power that helped him through his hardest times.
Submissions around themes of sustainability, environmental awareness and/or reverence for nature will be accepted throughout the month of February.
But even as the artist’s active imagination leaps from idea to idea, there is a through line to her work. Cubist forms, tactile qualities and bold hues inhabit each piece is varying configurations.
“Anybody can write, but to choose it as a profession? That’s a hard economic choice,” poet Glenis Redmond muses. “I think people were making those choices, no matter what, but it was harder choice in the mountains.”
Here are some suggested philosophical states in which to dwell (with appropriately corresponding entertainment) when the clock strikes midnight.
“In a lot of places in the United States, you can still get a degree in English literature and not have to study any people of color,” says poet, author and educator Frank X Walker.
Nimbus’ music “celebrates multiculturalism as a core value: Afrobeat, reggae, Latin, and funk are a few of the styles that permeate Nimbus’ wandering explorations, while a dub delay dances across much of the repertoire.”
“People can think of it as a visual psychic reading, but I can’t guarantee what the messages will be,” artist Racquel Wilkins explains. “Art is for beauty and upliftment. … The soul portraits aim to take people to a higher level where they can see that we’re all connected.”
The Chicago-based comedian performs at The Southern Kitchen and Bar on Saturday, Dec. 23.
Press release from White Horse Black Mountain: Along with the various celebrations attending this time of year, many folks are also called to remembrance and reflection as they survey the year just past, people and places present and absent. Published poet Tracey Schmidt and her musical collaborators offer a quiet space in the holiday hubbub […]
The holiday-themed song expresses what many locals feel when stuck in traffic in and around the city.
Press release The Booth Fairy Project: Join us downtown this Sunday Starting at 3pm. We will be in front of Pritchard Park until around 4:30, so feel free to show up anytime. What to expect: When you get there you’ll probably get hugged (I mean, it’s in the name:). And of course you can always […]
Press release from Asheville Art Museum: The Asheville Art Museum is thrilled to have recently acquired a new work titled My Big Black America by artist Wesley Clark through its newly formed Acquisition Response Team (A.R.T.), a support network for acquiring prominent and exciting works of art that require rapid funding and quick decision-making. Intricately […]
’Tis the season for holiday art and craft pop-up shops. Bookmark this post: We’ll add others as we find out about them.
McDaniel has also published two books, including the 2014 poetry and short-story hybrid Misty’s Blues, and is currently at work on a novel. “My community, the African-American community, has been supportive,” she says. “You have to build up your fan base — you have to leave your readers wanting more.”
“What I like about writing the songs is a journey — bringing people through a subject,” Taylor says. “Either expanding on one emotion or bringing something full circle.”
Local indie-pop artist Ian Ridenhour just launched his latest music video, filmed by Kira Bursky, on PopMatters.com.
‘Perhaps She Has a Pink Vest’ opens Friday, Dec. 1, in the Asheville Area Arts Council’s Host Gallery.
Press release from UNC Asheville: UNC Asheville’s Dance Program will present two performances – the Fall Dance Sharing, both beginning at 7 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, in Belk Theatre on campus. These performances are free and everyone is welcome to attend. Student and faculty works will be presented, with […]