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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

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


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

 


Writing Changes You…

 Writing Changes You…

Your voice is unique.  No one has your imagination or your creativity.  Writing is a way of sharing with others … your visions and dreams … and opening doorways for them to explore new possibilities…to know themselves in new ways.  And this happens through the grace of you giving of yourself.   You can learn to reach into your creativity … triggering your imagination to paint with words, to touch people, to move people, to inspire people.

Through writing, you are discovering who you are, as you allow the words and images, the feelings and thoughts, to flow from unfamiliar places… on to the page.  You can surprise yourself. What you have to say matters more than you expect.  You have value, more than you know.

Your imagination can bring those little black symbols on the page … alive … by moving you to tears of joy, or terrifying you, or uplifting you and inspiring you… making you gasp, or laugh out loud.

Writing can be a transcendent experience, when you write for yourself … when you let your familiar expectations go.   You can be moved and even changed, by your own feelings and imagination … arriving at new and often surprising, perspectives, regardless of whether you publish or sell your work.

Your imagination is one of your greatest gifts.  It can help you create meaning, with the power of words. Open to your imagination and to the mystery of who you are.  Let your innocence open you to new possibilities within a new moment.  From here, let yourself wonder, without having to know where you are going.  Then create something, as if out of the blue.  Imagination. It’s fun. It can make your heart sing.

If you want what you write to reflect your most creative and imaginative self … if you want to participate in a world of giving and receiving … if you want to lift beyond who you know yourself to be … contact me at 828-683-9331 or alixjamieson@gmail.com.  I am available for editing, as well as private sessions for individuals and small groups.

I have thirty years experience in teaching creative writing for television and film scriptwriting, at the University level in California … as well as in editing books, poetry, short stories, fiction for children, and autobiographies.

 


Friends of the Smokies Presents “Books to Take Backpacking”

History, poetry, and children’s literature inspired by the Great Smoky Mountains will be featured in “Books to Take Backpacking,” presented by the Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Historian Margaret Brown, poet Thomas Rain Crowe, and children’s author Ann Clayton will read from their works at 3 p.m.Sunday, April 15, at Malaprop’s Bookstore and Café, 55 Haywood St in downtown Asheville. This “Writers at Home” event will encourage and inspire stewardship of the Great Smoky Mountains, and is free and open to the public.

 


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


The Writers’ Workshop – Serving writers in the Southeast and beyond since 1985

“The Writers’ Workshop is a community treasure that deserves to be nurturedand supported – John Le Carre

Our mission is to provide top-notch workshops, readings, retreats and contests for the benefit of the community at large.

Upcoming contests, workshops, and community gatherings

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


The University of North Carolina Press Soon-to-Be Released

Click here for information and soon to be released

For ninety years, the University of North Carolina Press has earned national and international recognition for quality books and the thoughtful way they are published. A fundamental commitment to publishing excellence defines UNC Press, made possible by the generous support of individual and institutional donors who created its endowment.


Books that Changed Everything: Reading, Writing the creative life (2)

Falling in love with books is much like falling in love with humans

not only do they teach you new and exciting things about yourself, they open you up to as-yet unknown possibilities in life.

Hopeless romantic that I am, I fall in love with books continuously, and I have a diverse book collection and an overflowing bookshelf to prove it. Click to read the entire article


New Release – Tapestry: Strands of Yellow and Blue

 

In the early 1100s, a young girl named Grace is found in the forest. She is injured from running and running from something or someone who have terrified her. She is rescued by Nobleman Tristam and soldiers. Grace can’t speak, doesn’t remember how she came to be staked by her arms and legs in the forest, doesn’t remember her name…Tristam, takes her to the castle to be cared for and healed by the kindly maidservants who are adept at healing with herbal remedies and potions, wisdom, and love….


This is an intriguing and thoughtful novel placed in an intriguing backdrop of daily castle life, frightening forests, trust and deception, about love and loss, forgiveness and redemption, and the triumph of soul and spirit, of good over evil…

Click here to purchase paperback or Kindle edition of this book.

To direct questions to the author or to the reviewer write them at   info@sheville.org

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Reviewer is Alix Jamieson

She is a retired University professor with 30 years experience teaching writing. Her editing experience includes books, scripts and poetry. She believes that the creative act of writing involving your imagination can be transformational, and change who we are and how we experience life. Many of her former students work professionally in television and film, writing, producing and directing. She is an avid reader.

 

 


VIDA – Women in the Literary Arts

VIDA was founded in August 2009 to address the need for female writers of literature to engage in conversations regarding the critical reception of women’s creative writing in our current culture.

VIDA seeks to explore critical and cultural perceptions of writing by women through meaningful conversation and the exchange of ideas among existing and emerging literary communities.   Click for more information


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