Authors from UNCA’s ‘The Great Smokies Review’ read at Malaprop’s, May 20

Rachel Stein, guest editor of UNC Asheville’s Great Smokies Review, will present her two Editor’s Choice writers, Meg Winnecour (center) and Janet Shaw (right) as part of the May 20 Writers at Home reading at Malaprop’s. Photo by Michael Mauney

Press release from UNC Asheville:

Contributing writers to UNC Asheville’s literary magazine, The Great Smokies Review, will share their works when the monthly Writers at Home series has its final public reading of the spring at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 20, at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café, 55 Haywood St., in downtown Asheville. This event, hosted by UNC Asheville’s Great Smokies Writing Program, is free and open to everyone.

This month’s Writers at Home readers:

·        Rachel Stein is guest editor for the spring 2018 issue of The Great Smokies Review and a professor of English at Siena College. She is the author of Shifting the Ground: American Women Writers’ Revisions of Nature, Gender and Race and the editor of two essay collections on environmental justice, gender, and sexuality. She has read several of her memoir essays on National Public Radio’s 51 Percent podcast.

·        Janet Shaw is the author of the poetry collection, Dowry, and a book of short stories, Some of the Things I Did Not Do. Her work also has been published in The American Poetry Review, Antaeus, New Orleans Review, The Atlantic, Sewanee Review, and American Girl.

·        Emily Wilmer, who commemorated the firebombing of a gay club in New Orleans in her poem in the current issue of The Great Smokies Review, also will have a poem in the forthcoming Pisgah Review.

·        Meg Winnecour, who teaches art at Hanger Hall in Asheville, contributed a memoir to the spring issue of The Great Smokies Review. She was invited to read her poem “Ways to Live on a Sinking Ship” at Waynesville’s Poor People’s Campaign town hall meeting last March.

·        Ellen Carr is a financial manager who enjoys writing as a therapeutic offset to her day job. Her short story, Not in the Cards, uses a tarot card game as metaphor for a questioning about single motherhood and in vitro fertilization.

·        Lee Davis is a graduate student in the Master of Liberal Arts and Sciences program at UNC Asheville. His story, The Miracle of Gloves, is an exploration of Asheville’s cultural layers.

·        Olga Ronay is a city planner who has returned to writing. Her work in this issue, A Slow Arc Toward Sweetness, is a braided-theme memoir.

The Great Smokies Review is issued twice annually and is available at

After going on hiatus for the summer, Writers at Home will return in September with more readings by local writers the third Sunday of each month. For more information about the series and about UNC Asheville’s Great Smokies Writing Program, now accepting registration for summer writing workshops, call the program at 828.251.6069 or visit

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