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Tomorrow evening at 5:30 pm, we welcome groundbreaking Cherokee author Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle. This event is free a...
03/30/2021
Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle Talk - News And Events | UNC Asheville

Tomorrow evening at 5:30 pm, we welcome groundbreaking Cherokee author Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle. This event is free and open to the public, with details and registration info at the link below.

Author Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle will discuss her novel, Even As We Breathe, at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 31.

Your Week in Virtual Book Events, Feb. 22nd to Feb. 28th
02/22/2021
Your Week in Virtual Book Events, Feb. 22nd to Feb. 28th

Your Week in Virtual Book Events, Feb. 22nd to Feb. 28th

Ten Evenings with Karen Russell Monday, February 22, All-day As part of the Pittsburgh Arts and Lectures series, bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize Finalist Karen Russell will discuss her newes…

Come work for us! Announcing a University Fellow for Faculty Diversity in Creative Writing, beginning this fall. The job...
02/15/2021
University Fellowships for Faculty Diversity - Academic Affairs

Come work for us! Announcing a University Fellow for Faculty Diversity in Creative Writing, beginning this fall. The job posting appears below. More info on the University Fellow for Faculty Diversity program here: https://academicaffairs.unca.edu/faculty-openings/university-fellowship-for-faculty-diversity/

University Fellows Program Mission UNC Asheville is among the nation’s best public liberal arts and sciences colleges and the only designated liberal arts institution in the University of North Carolina System. We are the founders of the National Conference on Undergraduate Research and our studen...

02/09/2021
UConn Writing Center

A free, virtual, professional development opportunity:

Join us for a symposium about what happens on the margins of student papers–whose voices get marginalized, what discourses, languages and perspectives are made marginal, and where racism becomes visible in and beyond margins.



Racism in the Margins is a UConn-wide initiative that opens up space for faculty across disciplines to collaborate on more socially just approaches to teaching, responding to, and evaluating student writing. Please join us on February 19 and February 26 3:00-5:00 p.m. EST to think about race and writing with four leading scholars.



Learn more and register at:
ritm.initiative.uconn.edu/conference

Your Week in Virtual Book Events, Jan. 25th-Jan. 31st
01/25/2021
Your Week in Virtual Book Events, Jan. 25th-Jan. 31st

Your Week in Virtual Book Events, Jan. 25th-Jan. 31st

Hay Festival — Cartagena, Colombia Digital 2021 Monday, January 25th – Sunday, January 31st Hay Festival Cartegena de Indias 2021 is a free, digital literary festival celebrating global liter…

We are pleased to announce an exciting Spring 2021 Visiting Writers Series is about to begin! For more details, and to r...
01/12/2021
Visiting Writers Series - English

We are pleased to announce an exciting Spring 2021 Visiting Writers Series is about to begin! For more details, and to register for events, please visit https://english.unca.edu/engage/visiting-writers-series/. More writers are being added daily.

Each year, the Department of English brings visiting writers across genres for readings and master classes with students, hosted by our Writer-in-Residence, Wiley Cash. In recent years, the department has hosted several award-winning writers, including Ben Fountain, Camille Dungy, David Ebershoff, C...

Adventure Bound Books, an independent bookstore in Morganton, NC, has launched its 3rd annual Adventure Bound Writing Co...
01/11/2021
Adventure Bound Writing Contest | adventureboundbooks

Adventure Bound Books, an independent bookstore in Morganton, NC, has launched its 3rd annual Adventure Bound Writing Contest. This is an online contest, open to writers ages 18 and older. Submissions are short stories with the author's choice of genre, responding to a given prompt. For more details, and to register, please visit https://www.adventureboundbooks.com/adventure-bound-2019.

ADVENTURE BOUND WRITING CONTEST MISSION & VISION The purpose of the Adventure Bound Writing Contest is to encourage creative writing in our local community and beyond by supporting the efforts of aspiring writers.  The Contest aims to challenge writers and present them with opportunities to practic...

"Dickens and his writers produced tons of Christmas ghost stories for his periodicals. Many have morals rather like A Ch...
12/21/2020
On the Lost Christmastime Tradition of Telling Ghost Stories | CrimeReads

"Dickens and his writers produced tons of Christmas ghost stories for his periodicals. Many have morals rather like A Christmas Carol, while others [...] are just plain horror." 👻

Remember how Andy Williams sings about how “they’ll be scary ghost stories and tales of the glories of Christmasses long, long ago?” when describing what the Christmas season will be like, in his 1963 song “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year?”

A new piece by Professor Rick Chess.
12/17/2020
What Is Poetry? - Slant Books

A new piece by Professor Rick Chess.

And that’s where “the sound begins.” Mindfulness of hearing. What sound? Here again the poem pauses. Instead of jumping ahead to disclose the source of sound, which is revealed to the speaker soon enough, the poem offers us an experience of what the mind does when it encounters an unknown.

12/10/2020
On the Particular Thrill of Visiting a Dead Writer’s House
12/09/2020
On the Particular Thrill of Visiting a Dead Writer’s House

On the Particular Thrill of Visiting a Dead Writer’s House

It is always curious to see how other people live, their very particular paraphernalia. Who hasn’t, upstairs in someone else’s house, looking for the bathroom, nudged open a second door? So imagine…

Yesterday, students from the Senior Seminar in Creative Writing class gave a reading of their works. If you missed it, t...
11/09/2020
UNC Asheville's Senior Seminar in Creative Writing Reading, Fall 2020

Yesterday, students from the Senior Seminar in Creative Writing class gave a reading of their works. If you missed it, the reading is now available on YouTube. Enjoy!

Students from our creating writing seminar read excerpts from their thesis projects in this order: Lucy Nelson, Livvy Barnes, Wes Byers, Dasha Alexander, Tho...

10/27/2020
American Poetry Review Submission Manager

Submissions for The American Poetry Review's Honickman First Book Prize are open through October 31st. "For over two decades, The APR/Honickman First Book Prize has been jump-starting the careers of some of America’s most vital poets." More information is available at https://americanpoetryreview.submittable.com/submit/2170/apr-honickman-first-book-prize.

Thank you for your interest in The American Poetry Review! Please find submission guidelines under the categories below.

Edward Gorey designed the sets for the 1970s Broadway run of Dracula
10/22/2020
Edward Gorey designed the sets for the 1970s Broadway run of Dracula

Edward Gorey designed the sets for the 1970s Broadway run of Dracula

In 1977, Dracula came back to Broadway. Frank Langella played the lead in this production, which used the play-text by Hamilton Deane and John Balderston. The last time this play had been brought t…

Visiting Lecturer Taylor Sykes has two readings at the end of October, to celebrate the publication of The Horror is Us,...
10/16/2020

Visiting Lecturer Taylor Sykes has two readings at the end of October, to celebrate the publication of The Horror is Us, a new anthology which features a story by Taylor. The Horror Is Us is being released by Mason Jar Press on October 27. For more information and to register for one of the readings, please visit The Ivy Bookshop at https://www.theivybookshop.com/upcomingevent/17279?fbclid=IwAR06UagGcb5oTQDWrqQVQh8hm27x1YOBR1Bwcwy-96T6JNGONSIEqqA59io or the White Whale Bookstore at https://whitewhalebookstore.com/events/2020/10/31/virtual-halloween-reading-the-horror-is-us-and-horror-noire.

A new essay is out by UNCA Professor of English, Rick Chess: "Erasure as a Spiritual Practice."
09/24/2020
Erasure as a Spiritual Practice - Slant Books

A new essay is out by UNCA Professor of English, Rick Chess: "Erasure as a Spiritual Practice."

In her “Declaration,” Tracy K. Smith, former U. S. Poet Laureate, uncovers another declaration, a story that lives within, inseparable from, the Declaration of Independence. To tell that story, the story of enslaved people, clearly, forcefully, Smith erases words from the dominant story.

Distribution days!Headwaters staff will be on campus distributing copies of the magazine on the following days:Friday, S...
09/21/2020

Distribution days!

Headwaters staff will be on campus distributing copies of the magazine on the following days:

Friday, September 25th from 2:00 – 3:00 PM, in Karpen, Ramsey, and Highsmith

Wednesday, September 30th from 3:30 – 4:30 PM, in Karpen, Ramsey, and Highsmith

For more information, please contact the editors at [email protected].

"The rain comes down in sheets. Drenched all at once, not drop by drop ... Surely it will stop soon, they think. They ca...
09/17/2020
The Best Rain in Literature

"The rain comes down in sheets. Drenched all at once, not drop by drop ... Surely it will stop soon, they think. They can wait it out. It cannot last forever."

Weather getting you down today?

This morning, it is raining, and I am drinking tea. Whenever these two elements coincide, I always think of a poem I discovered and fell in love with as an irreverent literary teen: “It is ra…

"Changing Me to We: Sharon Harrigan Recommends Stories Told From the Collective Perspective." You can listen to Sharon d...
09/15/2020
Changing Me to We: We Should All Try Writing in the First Person Plural

"Changing Me to We: Sharon Harrigan Recommends Stories Told From the Collective Perspective." You can listen to Sharon discuss this idea and more tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m., as part of the Visiting Writers series. Please register in advance at https://unca-edu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEpc-2oqjIoH9AmaecvXxlKYmUtyBcxDA71.

https://lithub.com/changing-me-to-we-we-should-all-try-writing-in-the-first-person-plural/

I collect “we” voice narratives the way people like my brother collect wind-up phonographs. Sometimes it’s not the easiest or most convenient way to listen to music or write a book that produces th…

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*Just a reminder that the application deadline for the Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet Series is coming up November 15!* Middle school, high school, university, and post-graduate students are encouraged to apply for this acclaimed poetry mentoring program. The North Carolina Poetry Society offers students in Western North Carolina a semester of one-on-one study with a respected poet. The Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet Series, the crown jewel of NCPS, provides mentors for emerging poets between January and May of next year. Distinguished Poet Jessica Jacobs will work with four aspiring poets, ideally one from middle school, high school, college plus an adult selected from 32 counties in western North Carolina. This period of individual study and critique culminates in a reading with the Distinguished Poet and the other students. The spring readings might be held on-line due to COVID-19 concerns. Please encourage your students to apply or apply for them. Find more information on the application process at https://www.ncpoetrysociety.org/gcdps/, or email [email protected]@gmail.com. Thank you for helping us connect students with this valuable opportunity. Sincerely, Caleb Beissert, West Region Chair Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet Series [email protected]