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.
Mountain Xpress is now accepting art, photos, essays and poetry from K-12 students for the 2018 Kids Issue. The deadline is Friday, Feb. 9. The theme: “Let’s fix it!”
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.”
The author presents his new book on the craft of writing resiliency in conversation with Sara Gruen at Malaprop’s on Jan. 12.
Submissions around themes of sustainability, environmental awareness and/or reverence for nature will be accepted throughout the month of February.
The Alaskan poet and musician brings his new theater piece “Donald Trump Is My Muse” to Firestorm Books on Jan. 5.
“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.”
“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.
As part of the Asheville Poetry Series, the Greenville, S.C. author will read from her debut book of verse Dec. 18 at The BLOCK off Biltmore.
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.”
Some Asheville-based arts organizations are focused on more than teaching technique to those in search of a new skill. Sure, learning how to use the tools is no small accomplishment, but these initiatives use artwork to expand horizons, explore self and community and heal wounds both physical and emotional.
Founded in 1988 by the late J.G. Pinkerton, TELLEBRATION! is a trademarked event that invites guilds from across the world to host a celebration in their own city the weekend before Thanksgiving. Doug Elliott will be joined by Asheville Storytelling Circle’s Chet Allen, Lee Lyons, Mary White and Becky Stone.
HomeWord’s monthly slams are open to all interested students and the slam team is selected, based on points accrued, from those events. A pool of 50-75 youth poets is culled to the six who represent Asheville on the national level.
Here’s a selection of costumed capers, ghoulish gatherings and pumpkin-spiced parties. From autumnal festivities to puppet shows, there’s a celebration for nearly every reveler.
Marvin Cole’s one-man show takes place Tuesday, Oct. 24 in the Fellowship Hall of Beverly Hills Baptist Church.
Amy Reed hopes readers will be inspired by the Nowhere Girls’ self-discovery, by their creation of community, and by the way the two processes work together. “The girls of the school realize that they aren’t enemies, and once they start looking at things that way, things start changing for them internally,” she says.
Each week, Xpress highlights notable WNC crowdsourcing initiatives that may inspire readers to become new faces in the crowd. This week features a graphic novel told through the lens of a cell phone, an immersive musical by The Synthesis Experiment and a comedic film about the wild ride of parenting.
On Tuesday, Oct. 3. writer Wiley Cash will celebrate the official release of his third novel, The Last Ballad, with a reading and book-signing session at UNC Asheville’s Lipinisky Hall.
As the annual conference attests, ideas and influences continue to ripple from the legendary school. This year’s theme is “Process + Performance.”
As it happens, the author has some things in common with the historic figures whose story she tells. Like Vanderbilt, Kiernan was born in New York City, and like the scion and his wife, Edith, Kiernan traveled widely (including a stint in Italy reporting on soccer for ESPN) before settling in Asheville.
The Virginia author will discuss her latest novel at Malaprop’s on Thursday, Sept. 14, and discuss the life and legacy of Zebulon B. Vance at UNCA on Friday, Sept. 15.