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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

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.  


Grateful Steps Foundation & Publishing House

What Are Grateful Steps?

The name “Grateful Steps” emerges from a life of witnessing miracles and experiencing great love of family and friends. As the world evolves, people are increasingly aware of the power of gratitude. It is a way of being in the world, a way that reminds us to take things “one step at a time” and to be grateful for every step we are able to take, even through the most challenging landscape.

Who Are We?

Grateful Steps is a nonprofit publisher of all voices, all faiths, all cultures. We have a Christian philosophy but we are not a religious publisher. We are here to help others tell their stories, rather than get other people to live ours. The first title we published, in fact, was a novel about the troubled romance between a Jewish woman and Muslim man, The Other Half of My Soulby Bahia Abrams. Being an independent publisher means carrying the responsibility of amplifying as many voices as we can. For this reason, Grateful Steps considers all writers (provided a work is not rooted in hatred toward any one group of people) and helps them bring their book in excellent form into the world. Some books come to us ready to go. Others take years to find their fully imagined state. Grateful Steps editors work with authors until the books are the best possible reflection of the creative spirit in the author and in the living world. Visit our online store to see our wonderful books.  Visit our Website:  Grateful Steps

 


Featured Book: KALEIDOSCOPE by Tina Barr

The latest and perfectly named book of poems by Tina Barr, Kaleidoscope, carries the reader through thievery and wonder, devotion and sin, sickness and love, and from Tennessee to Turkey, in a rhythmical display of poetic vision. Barr plays words like music. The very tempo of that music, gears that unfold the tight weave of language threaded throughout, surprises the reader’s expectations with the breadth that Barr achieves from her palette of words. (Reviewed by Vanessa Loh)   Go to: Kaleidoscope Paperback/Amazon


Jane Hirshfield — photo by Curt Richter

Writers’ Almanac Interview with Jane Hirshfield

Welcome to The Writer’s Almanac Bookshelf, where you’ll find highlighted interviews of poets heard on the show.

Your new collection of essays, Ten Windows: How Great Poems Transform the World, and your latest volume of poems, The Beauty, both came out earlier this year. Were you working on these books simultaneously? Does writing about poetry affect the writing of the poems themselves? 

Thinking about poems — how they work, what they do, and why we need what they alone can do — is a lifelong pleasure for me. It brings a kind of intimate knowledge that can’t help but influence how a person then writes. Attention alters what it touches. But for me as a poet, this happens only in subterranean and indirect ways. Continue reading


Shining Rock Poetry Anthology

Shining Rock Poetry Anthology & Book Review

Shining Rock is a mountain in Appalachian North Carolina; we choose it as a title for our anthology because of its metaphorical properties.  As co-editors, we come to poetry with a strong commitment to the literary traditions that challenge readers to become continually educated by poetry.  We favor poems that practice difficulty not for its own sake, but because it provokes readers to new experiences of elucidating opacity, analyzing complexity, and discovering, in the concrete density of this poetry, meanings for themselves.  We favor poetry that promotes the strenuous engagement of the imagination. This poetry yields more upon rereading, thus the design for an anthology. 

Our first issue features poetry by John Bensko, Beth Copeland, Jane Hirshfield, Brigit Pegeen Kelly, Elanor Wilner, and William Wright, with essays by Alice Friman and Taije Silverman. Cover art ( Emily Dickinson Cartoon) by Rosanna Bruno, with book reviews on new books by Hirshfield and Bensko.  Please visit the website


The Writers’ Workshop

Since 1985, our mission is to provide programs that educate and nurture writers and readers of all ages and backgrounds. We’ve helped thousands of adults, children and teens improve their writing and reading skills.  Our goal is to raise $12,500 this year to continue our award-winning programs in NC, SC, NY and IN; to offer free writing classes to young people in Western North Carolina at area libraries; to give workshop scholarships to low-income writers; and to provide cash awards for our contest winners.

Only your tax-deductible donation will make these worthy goals possible! A donation of $75 or more includes a year’s membership, which entitles you to discounts on all workshops and contests. To donate or to join The Writers’ Workshop, please click on register. As always, any amount would be greatly appreciated! Continue reading


Soniat-Poetry

Katherine Soniat Interview, with Kaite Hillenbrand

Katherine Soniat’s sixth collection of poetry—A Raft, A Boat, A Bridge—is recently out from Dream Horse Press. The Swing Girl, published by Louisiana State University Press, was selected as Best Collection of 2011 by the Poetry Council of North Carolina. A Shared Life won the Iowa Poetry Prize. These poems are from a new ms., in progress, The Secret Where. Her work has appeared recently in Women’s Review of Books, Citron, Hotel Amerika and Crazyhorse, among others. She teaches in the Great Smokies Writers Program at UNC-Asheville.

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                                          Katherine Soniat Interview, with Kaite Hillenbrand
  
In a way, these poems feel to me like sitting on the beach while the tide comes in: Each time I sit down to look at them, I end up reading and rereading until I realize I’m immersed in their waves. One thing that gets me about these poems is that I get more out of them each time I read them, including another layer of emotion. I understand this to be a testament to the restraint you’ve used in your work – you’ve subtly packed enormous substance into these poems. Because I am this affected as a reader, I wonder about the genesis of these poems. What prompted these poems and the manuscript they’re a part of?  Continue reading


Featured Book: A TANGLED TREE, MY FATHER’S PATH TO IMMORTALITY by Aiyannna Sezak-Blatt

 
 
 
SheVille.org 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 }


Asheville Authors - 50 Women writers

Featured Book : A NEW WOMEN’S ANTHOLOGY by 50 Asheville Authors

A Great Gift Idea

Two of Mountain Made’s most popular authors, Celia H. Miles and Nancy Dillingham, are co-editors and contributors of a new anthology by 50 women writers entitled It’s All Relative: Tales from the Tree – celebrating the lives of women and their connections with their families. Visit us on the web or come on down to the Mountain Made Art Gallery  

Monday – Saturday 10AM – 6PM
Sunday 12PM – 5PM
1 Page Ave, ste 123, Asheville NC


What Editors Want; A Must-Read for Writers Submitting to Literary Magazines

The Editor’s Job

A magazine editor is a person who enjoys bringing new writing to the world in a publication that will be seen, read, appreciated, and talked about.

This is the first fact anyone submitting to a magazine should understand. There may be two editors, or five, or a rotating group of a dozen student-editors on a board, but for purposes of this essay, let’s consider one who, if not totally in charge, has a large say in what goes on. This editor is committed to the magazine, to it reaching a readership, to its identity and survival.    


Western North Carolina Writers

Holly Iglesias – Prose Poetry

Holly Iglesias was the only North Carolina writer to be awarded a prestigious Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts during the NEA’s last round of poetry awards. She is the author of three poetry collections: “Fruta Bomba” (Q Ave Press, 2012), “Angles of Approach” (White Pine Press, 2010), and “Souvenirs of a Shrunken World” (Kore Press, 2008). Her poems have been published in numerous literary journals, and she has received fellowship grants from the North Carolina Arts Council, the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Edward Albee Foundation. Iglesias is a lecturer in the Master of Liberal Arts program at UNC Asheville.  Continue reading

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Catherine Reid – Fiction

Catherine Reid is the author of Coyote: Seeking the Hunter in Our Midst  (Houghton Mifflin), a work of creative nonfiction.  Her essays, stories and poems have appeared in such journals as Massachusetts Review, Green Mountains Review and the Bellevue Literary Review.  She studied fiction writing at Florida State University, where she was a Kingsbury Writing Fellow, and then settled on nonfiction as the genre that demanded the most honesty.  She has edited two anthologies, served on the editorial board for a literary journal, and ghostwritten a book on a well-known costume jeweler.  Her current interests are in environmental writing and in prose in which style matters as much as content.  Continue reading

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Katherine Soniat – Poetry

Katherine Soniat’s sixth collection of poetry—A Raft, A Boat, A Bridge—is recently out from Dream Horse Press. The Swing Girl, published by Louisiana State University Press, was selected as Best Collection of 2011 by the Poetry Council of North Carolina. A Shared Life won the Iowa Poetry Prize. These poems are from a new ms., in progress, The Secret Where. Her work has appeared recently in Women’s Review of Books, Citron, Hotel Amerika and Crazyhorse, among others. She teaches in the Great Smokies Writers Program at UNC-Asheville.  Continue reading

 


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