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Welcome to the GREAT SMOKIES WRITING PROGRAM

The Great Smokies Writing Program is a joint effort between the UNC Asheville departments of English, Creative Writing, and the Asheville Graduate Center. The program offers opportunities for writers of all levels to join a supportive learning community in which their skills and talents can be explored, practiced, and forged under the careful eye of professional writers. CLICK HERE FOR CLASS SCHEDULES


MALAPROP’S Bookstore/Café – January & February Events

Malaprop’s Café has evolved into the meeting place in our town. Our café boasts a literary menu, with treats from local bakeries and organic, fair-trade, shade-grown coffee roasted locally. We offer free wireless service and eight plug-in stations. Our baristas embrace the role of community catalyst. Join us whenever you can!  (Listen to Audiobooks and Support Malaprop’s Bookstore)


How Educators Are Rethinking The Way They Teach Immigration History

BY ANNA-CAT BRIGIDA

In the summer of 2017, before her senior year of high school, Isabelle Doerre-Torres met Carlos,* a Salvadoran immigrant on the verge of deportation. Doerre-Torres was an intern at a legal rights organization. She soon learned that Carlos came to Boston nearly two decades ago after he fled gang violence. He’d put down roots in a working class community, where his two daughters were born. CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE


A LIBERAL EXPLANATION OF SOME SIMPLE BELIEFS – I just want to be understood…

by Larry Allen

An open letter to friends and family who are shocked to discover I’m a liberal… I’ve always been a liberal, but that doesn’t mean what a lot of you apparently think it does. Let’s break it down, shall we? Because quite frankly, I’m getting a little tired of being told what I believe and what I stand for. Spoiler alert: Not every liberal is the same, though the majority of liberals I know think along roughly these same lines:


27th ORGANIC GROWERS SCHOOL SPRING CONFERENCE March 6 – 8

The 27th Annual Spring Conference—for farmers, gardeners, homesteaders, and sustainability seekers—is hosted by Organic Growers School (OGS), an Asheville-based non-profit organization. The conference takes place Friday–Sunday, March 6–8, 2020. The weekend event takes place at Mars Hill University in Mars Hill and the pre-conference events are in Buncombe and Henderson Counties. 


5 Phrases Your Black Friend Wishes You’d Stop Saying

By Ajah Hales in M/ZORA


VICKY BLANCHÉ – Broker, Realtor® Keller Williams Elite Realty

 

”Personal, Positive, Professional, Prepared!”

I love and appreciate the beauty and uniqueness of WNC and take great delight in sharing that with you.  Because my business is built on relationships, your friends and family will be treated in a caring and professional way with every attempt to help them find the property they are looking for. !Hablo Español!


Legislators Try to Revive Voter ID

  • January 13, 2020

By some accounts, North Carolina will become the first state in the nation to start its primary voting process in 2020, when absentee ballots begin to go in the mail today (Monday, January 13). But the status of voter ID may still be unsettled, thanks to another last-minute legal request from state House Speaker Tim Moore and Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger. 

The top leaders of both legislative chambers are trying to revive the photo ID requirement for the primary voting process that begins today. They filed court papers Friday seeking an “emergency stay” of the U.S. District Court order December 31 which put the photo ID requirement on hold as racially discriminatory.  CLICK TO CONTINUE

 

 

The Lost Words

The Lost Words – in Daily Good News that Inspires

by Jackie Morris, syndicated from dumbofeather.com in the Daily Good

It has been described as a ‘cultural phenomenon’ by The Guardian, but really it is just a book of spell-poems and paintings. Created as a response to the realisation that we humans were losing sight of the common species, the everyday names of wild things that share our earth, the book’s aim was to re-connect, re-focus, revitalise. As Robert said ‘we do not love what we cannot name, and what we do not love we will not save’.  CONTINUE


The Surprising Science of Alpha Males (Ahem!) – Just remember: don’t call them bullies

by TEDMED 

In this video, Frans de Waal, PhD, a primatologist and ethologist at Emory University in Atlanta, explores the ways that human behavior around community, solidarity, and leadership link directly to primates’ behavior, adding context to our understanding of what it means to be a human “alpha” female or male.


WNC LEGACY: FINE ART &CRAFT- On a Personal Note: John Cram

By Jim Murphy in The Laurel of Asheville 2016

In the early 1970s, John Cram visited Asheville and says, “I fell in love with the place.” He moved here and found that Asheville was sitting squarely between the mountains and the doldrums. Beyond the town’s natural attractions, there was not a lot to love. And there was not a lot of demand for a 25-year-old holding a communications degree with a concentration in film. (John calls it “a bachelor’s degree in nothing.”) But just beneath that liberal arts background lurked the soul of an entrepreneur.


2020 GO LOCAL LAUNCH – Check Out Local Independent Businesses Here

Local independent businesses are the backbone of Asheville’s economy.

They are better positioned to respond to the needs of our community, our cultural organizations, and nonprofits, and are inherently tied to Asheville’s future.

The Go Local Card celebrates the interdependence of our businesses to each other, public education and to the youth in our community.


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