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Poetry, Literature, Writing

Writers in Western North Carolina? Yes! Asheville has been a haven for writers for well over a century. The mountains have proved an inspiration to those who write whether for personal enjoyment solely or for publication.
Great Smokies Writing River Review: Arts & Culture MagazineProgram     The Writers’ Workshop of Asheville     NC Writers’ Network     Writing Center at AB Tech     The Asheville Poetry Review      Rapid River Review: Arts & Culture Magazine    Jane’s Circles

ADAIR SANDERS presents SUFFER THE CHILDREN: An Allison Parker Mystery @Malaprop’s April 12, 6pm

Join local mystery author Adair Sanders as she presents the fourth book in her much-acclaimed series the Allison Parker Mystery Series.

Book four, Suffer the Children, takes the reader into the uncomfortable reality of homegrown terrorism. Book Five, Wolf, is currently being downloaded from the Muse who directs Adair’s writing. 

Your Messy Brilliance by Kelly McNelis – Southeastern Book Tour @ Malaprops March 20

Join us at Malaprops Bookstore and Cafe on Tuesday, March 20  6 – 8 pm

Kelly McNelis Releases her New Book on Embracing the Messiness of Life Your Messy Brilliance:  7  Tools For the Perfectly Imperfect Woman

This book is not the typical self-help manual. McNelis provides a practical and down-to-earth road map for women to help them embrace every part of their lives and find power in their imperfections.  “There are so many things we are expected to be as women and it becomes exhausting trying to achieve that standard of perfection,” said McNelis. “This book is about learning to find passion and purpose in your flaws. It’s about utilizing the tools and power you already have in your life to find creativity and joy in the mess of it all.”

Lisa Unger Baskin Collection – Duke University Libraries “The unifying thread is that women have always been productive and working people and this history essentially has been hidden.”

Collection Overview

The Lisa Unger Baskin Collection arrived at Rubenstein Library in April 2015. Carefully assembled over forty-five years by noted bibliophile, activist, and collector Lisa Unger Baskin, the collection is a transformative body of material documenting women at work. In Baskin’s own words,

“The unifying thread is that women have always been productive and working people and this history essentially has been hidden.”

The collection includes many well-known monuments of women’s history and arts, as well as lesser-known works produced by female scholars, printers, publishers, laborers, scientists, authors, artists, and political activists. Taken together, they comprise a mosaic of the ways that women have been productive, creative, and socially engaged over more than five hundred years.   Continue reading

Featured Book: A TANGLED TREE, MY FATHER’S PATH TO IMMORTALITY by Aiyannna Sezak-Blatt proudly announces the release of Aiyanna Sezak-Blatt’s book, A Tangled Tree, My Father’s Path to Immortality, published by Logosophia Books. 
A Tangled Tree explores the story of three generations, as written by a daughter eager to understand her family’s history, while searching to accept her father’s eccentricity, beauty, rage and nomadic existence.  

A Reading List For The Spirit

Spirituality and Health magazine has assembled its picks for the Best Books of the past year. Among them you will find reflections on mortality, explorations of depression, and insights from authors from a wide range of traditions. Some of the books examine the mind body connection for better mental health. One suggests that creating your own spiritual biography may help you recognize the times you’ve already brushed up against grace in your life. Check out the diverse selection here. { read more }

PHOTO SHOOT, the second novel in a Channey Moran series of environmentally conscious thrillers by Jon Michael Riley

Western North Carolina resident Jon Michael Riley, author of fiction novels based on actual major events in recent history, has released the second book in his Channey Moran action/thriller series. Photo Shoot brings the reader face to face  with Somali pirates during the kidnapping of a group of American tourists. Propelled into a gripping evaluation of his life, Channey must survive a rescue mission headed by the notorious Roy Roy while deciding to what lengths he will go to help people he doesn’t even know.  Join us at Malaprops Bookstore 6pm Thursday, March 29th.


Write Here. Write Now.

We host Flatiron Writers workshops and events; in addition, our space is available for rent to writers who want to teach, host a book launch, or hold a writers’ group or book club meeting.Our goal: to nurture a vibrant and supportive writing community–inspired by Asheville’s rich literary history–while providing writers with quiet, affordable space in which to write, and classrooms in which to teach or participate in classes and workshops.

FEATURED BOOK A Piece of Sky, A Grain of Rice: A Memoir in Four Meditations by Christine Hale

Kathryn Stripling Byer, 1944-2017 – from the North Carolina Writers’ Network

CULLOWHEE—In 2013, we held the Squire Summer Writing Residency at Western Carolina University, where Kathryn Stripling Byer taught for so many years, and she led the poetry workshop at the Residency that weekend.

WCU was a welcoming host and venue, with one exception: in the building where we slept and took our classes, the air conditioning was stuck on overdrive, and we were freezing.

And then, after our first lunch together, Kay disappeared.

Featured Book & CD: TOWARD the CLEARING by Jean Cassidy

Jean describes her poetry as “a choreography of words” as she joins her poetry with musical accompaniment. Her poetry book includes a CD of the poems accompanied by oboe, english horn, flute, piano, fretless banjo, violin, and balafon in the final product that is a beautiful collaboration with regional musicians and readers. Jean’s work has previously been published in the Great Smokies Review, the Online Publication of the Great Smokies Writing Program in Asheville, North Carolina. 

In Ordinary Time        Click to hear Susan Shinn read the poem with piano accompaniment by Lytingale

When I Think About Giving Up Writing

Cover Photo: photo courtesy of the author

by Teri Vlassopoulos in Catapult Magazine

I was happy raising my kid, living my life without worrying about writing.

We’re two years into my daughter’s life and we still don’t quite have a bedtime routine. It skips around depending on so many variables, and while she’s a good sleeper once she’s actually asleep, getting there is more of a process than a routine. Often by the time she’s out, I am too, having drifted off in the dark along with her.  

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