In the Washington Post Lily Lines – Story by Neema Roshania Patel – Illustrations by Maria Alaconada Brooks
It’s a new year and like many, you may have made a resolution to read more. Or maybe you’re simply looking for the next great novel you won’t be able to put down. Either way, we’ve got the list for you.
This roundup focuses on fiction titles, all by women, all set for release in the first half of this year. We hope you enjoy it and find a book that sticks with you. The kind you can’t put down and can’t stop thinking about once you’re done with it. CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE
Heather Newton’s novel Under the Mercy Trees, winner of the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award, is now available on audiobook from Dreamscape Media. Download it today on Libro.fm, Audible or your favorite audiobook platform.
In Literary Hub: By Mo Moulton on the Legendary Mutual Admiration Society
It began in a quiet sort of way, over hot cocoa and toasted marshmallows in a student room at Somerville College, Oxford. One evening in November 1912, some new friends, all first-year students, gathered “to read aloud our literary efforts and to receive and deliver criticism.” They brought stories, poems, essays, plays, and fables, and they received far more than merely criticism. In the firelight, over economical treats, they created a space in which they could grow beyond the limitations of Edwardian girlhood and become complex, creative adults with a radically capacious notion of what it might mean to be both human and female. CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE
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And, if you need childcare, we ask that you register with the number and ages of children so that we are prepared to provide them with their best experience! CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS
One summer evening not long ago, on a rainy Brooklyn rooftop, a friend — a brilliant friend who studies the cosmos and writes uncommonly poetic novels — stunned me with an improbable, deceptively simple yet enormous question: “What does poetry do?”
I fumbled for Baldwin: “The poets [are] the only people who know the truth about us. Soldiers don’t. Statesmen don’t. Priests don’t. Union leaders don’t. Only poets.” And then I mumbled something about how poetry gives shape to our experiences through language, thus conferring validity and dignity upon them, enlarging our access to our own humanity. CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE
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Welcome to the Flatiron Writers Room – providing a brick & mortar hub for the Asheville writing community.
Located at 5 Covington Street in West Asheville’s vibrant Haywood Road corridor, the Flatiron Writers Room provides space for writers to learn, teach, read, celebrate and, of course, WRITE.
A few years ago I happily discovered Dada Maheshvarananda’s work, and later, when I read his book, After Capitalism, it was a further revelation. A broad and ambitious book, it sets out a comprehensive critique of the economic system that’s literally killing planet Earth as it distorts and destroys all life as we know it—call it the Death Ship. After Capitalism offers, as well, an alternative vision, a humane horizon we can begin to see through the soot and the smut, something to move toward as we engage the struggle against the Dark Angel. The book felt urgent when I first encountered it, and I gave it to friends and comrades everywhere. Its message is even more urgent today—the crisis deepens and the approaching catastrophe accelerates.
We’ve done a re-run of my poetry book and CD, Toward the Clearing, more copies available!
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 It’s All Relative – Tales from the Tree, and in The Great Smokies Review – Online Publication through UNC Asheville
Joy Harjo was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma on May 9, 1951, and is a member of the Mvskoke/Creek Nation. She received a BA from the University of New Mexico before earning an MFA from the Iowa Writers Workshop in 1978.
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
A Viral List of Hundreds of Opportunities for Artists, Compiled by One Person to Encourage Community
By Sarah Rose Sharp in Hyperallergic
Everest Pipkin has made public their “Big Artist Opportunities List” — a collection of over 400 opportunities for artists across the globe.
With the overwhelming reality that artists are expected to somehow maintain a practice, store and ship work, support their scene, self-promote, manage open accounts with galleries — all generally on spec, at least starting out — plus do whatever it takes to pay their bills, who has the time or bandwidth to keep track of opportunities to further one’s practice?
Author Denise Kiernan, Little Jumbo, and Malaprop’s Present a Monthly Literary Series
Asheville, NC–CRAFT, a new author conversation series conceived and hosted by New York Times bestselling author Denise Kiernan, kicks off at Asheville’s premier cocktail lounge Little Jumbo on January 26, 2020, at 3:00 pm. The series, held the last Sunday of each month, is co-sponsored by Malaprop’s Bookstore/Cafe and Little Jumbo.
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-
Serving writers in the Southeast and beyond since 1985
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THE THIRD SELF: Mary Oliver on Time, Concentration, the Artist’s Task, and the Central Commitment of the Creative Life
“The most regretful people on earth are those who felt the call to creative work, who felt their own creative power restive and uprising, and gave to it neither power nor time.”
“In the wholeheartedness of concentration,” the poet Jane Hirshfield wrote in her beautiful inquiry into the effortless effort of creativity, “world and self begin to cohere. With that state comes an enlarging: of what may be known, what may be felt, what may be done.” But concentration is indeed a difficult art, art’s art, and its difficulty lies in the constant conciliation of the dissonance between self and world — a difficulty hardly singular to the particular conditions of our time. Two hundred years before social media, the great French artist Eugène Delacroix lamented the necessary torment of avoiding social distractions in creative work; a century and a half later, Agnes Martin admonished aspiring artists to exercise discernment in the interruptions they allow, or else corrupt the mental, emotional, and spiritual privacy where inspiration arises.
Join us Thursday, September 5, 2019 at 6:30pm for a reading and book signing celebrating In The Way of All Flesh, the debut YA novel by Flatiron Writers Room alum Caitlin Donovan.
This event is free but your RSVP will help us plan. Books will be available for sale at the event. Light refreshments will be served.
In the Way of All Flesh tells the story of gloomy teenager Manee Srikwan, who wears long sleeves and keeps her hands to herself for a good reason–whenever she touches a person for the first time, she sees a vision of how they will die. Manee’s weird powers cause those around her nothing but misery and she’s long resigned herself to a life of loneliness. But her vivacious classmate, Stephanie Pierce, changes all that. She smashes through every wall Manee puts up and overturns every expectation. Much to Manee’s shock, Stephanie believes her about her powers. What’s more, she insists they can stop the deaths Manee sees from happening. When the two of them are together, it feels like they can do anything. As the girls grow closer, Manee’s feelings for Stephanie blossom into love. She yearns to be more intimate but is anxious about breaking her all-important “hands-off” rule. When she finally gives in to temptation, she sees a terrifying future where Stephanie is murdered—and Manee is her killer! Now Manee has a choice to make—will she fight this fate or let it rule her?
Caitlin Donovan is a writer, teacher, blogger, poet and, above all, a huge geek for fiction (especially fantasy). Her dream of being an author began in the third grade when she started scribbling down stories about twin detectives and murderous ghosts in stray notebooks. Her passion only grew with age. Now she has an MFA in writing from Queens University in Charlotte and she has been published in several literary journals, including The Great Smokies Review. She has written professionally about fantasy, sci-fi and pop culture for several online companies. When not creating novels, Caitlin works as an online ESL teacher and does freelance writing. She currently resides in Asheville with her trouble-making cat.
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When I opened the doors of Malaprop’s thirty years ago on June 1, 1982, the first people who walked in the door were a threesome–Marnie, Sandi, and Gretchen. My first customer was a gentleman. We talked for a while and he purchased the Selected Works of Herman Melville, the Random House edition.
“Children need art and stories and poems and music as much as they need love and food and fresh air and play. “
Children need art and stories and poems and music as much as they need love and food and fresh air and play. If you don’t give a child food, the damage quickly becomes visible. If you don’t let a child have fresh air and play, the damage is also visible, but not so quickly. If you don’t give a child love, the damage might not be seen for some years, but it’s permanent.
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