Pattiy Torno thought she had found the perfect spot... back in 1989 – except for all the crime that came with the abandoned industrial sites along the French Broad River in Asheville.Link (via AC-T).
“When we got here, the first thing I did was put new roofs on the buildings, then I put bars on all the windows,” said Torno....In the decade since, the prostitution, break-ins and drug dealing died down while artist studios, clubs and restaurants flourished.
[P]lease don't forget how effective these contests can be.... Particularly when it comes to this writer's entries for Asheville, North Carolina's "make your own commercial" contest. Although we made six of the thirteen total entries, but didn't win and we never heard back from them...
Existing home sales were down 17 percent in April in the Asheville area, the sixth consecutive month that saw a decline.Article Link (via AC-T).
The number of homes sold through the Asheville Multiple Listing Service for the month was 244, down from 293 in April 2006. The average price of a home sold rose 7 percent to $283,385 but the total price of all homes sold dropped 11 percent.
While independent bookstores have shut down in cities nationwide, B’Racz’s independent bookstore is still filled with customers seeking out the latest books by their favorite authors or just stopping by for a cup of coffee.
“We have people who have moved here from bigger cities come and say, ‘Thank God, there’s a real bookstore here,” B’Racz said.
--Dale Neal for AC-T. Link.
Three people died on Saturday when a private plane bounced on landing at a private mountain airstrip, hit two other planes and burst into flames.
The FAA says the crash occurred about 10:15 a.m. at Mountain Air, a private golf development north of Asheville. Link.
North Carolina's highest average for gas is in Asheville at $3.17; the lowest is in Wilmington at $3.08, according to AAA's Web Site. Link.
SKYLAND – Chain bookstore Barnes & Noble will open its second Buncombe County store in Biltmore Park Town Square in fall 2008, developers have announced. Link.
Late Tuesday, an angry mother bear with cubs nearby attacked a 20-pound family dog in Asheville. The bear ripped open sections of the dog's hindquarters. A second family dog, a 30-pound mix basenji, joined the fight and helped beat back the bear, said owner Andrea Hunnicutt. Link.
Another bear attack on a family dog here highlights the animals' desperate hunger after a late freeze destroyed much of their food supply, a wildlife official said. Link.
After more than 50 years American Heritage, the magazine that furnished not just the minds but... the dens of generations of American history buffs, is suspending publication, its editor, Richard F. Snow, said last week.... Mr. Snow said, the publishers have decided to put the next issue, June-July, on indefinite hold. For at least the time being, however, American Heritage will continue to maintain a Web site.And this A.M. I read that a new library opens today. [Gothamist Link.] And that seems to tell me that there are still places were people can enjoy an analog sanctuary (analog mostly--I assume there is a computer center and other reminders that we embrace a digital/info age tightly).
That leaves Mr. Snow and his staff, which has dwindled to four from a dozen, in limbo, where they have been since just before Christmas, when they were informed that the magazine was going on the block. “It’s a little like sailing the Flying Dutchman through the fog,” Mr. Snow said. [continue reading here »]
Coffeehouse Junkie: It's a hybrid haibun/haiku/lyric--each chapter (verse) is less than 20 words.
Britt: That novel/hiaku hybrid sounds like quite an undertaking ... How was the hybku-novel received at Osondu?
CJ: The naiku-hovel has been a journey. I removed the element of characters in order to emphasize the emotional landscape of the setting and plot. So the introduction is essential to understanding the 30 verses--i.e. its a romantic tragedy in which two, star-crossed lovers follow relational entropy. The Osondu crowd responded politely....
On May 17, 2007, the third Thursday of the month, Flood Fine Arts Gallery will host its monthly poetry reading at 8:00p.m., featuring the following poets:
Ann Barrett was a hairdresser before becoming a writer of both essays and poems. “To be a truly successful hairstylist,” she says, “not only must one have a degree in Psychiatry, one must also give a wicked shampoo.” Ms. Barrett does not have an MFA, but she has published in a variety of journals, including but not limited to The Baltimore Review, Many Mountains Moving, Archipelago, Culturefront, and The Caribbean Writer.
Rick Chess is the author of three books of poetry, THIRD TEMPLE (2007), CHAIR IN THE DESERT (2000), and TEKIAH (1994), wll with University of Tampa Press. He directs the Creative Writing Program and the Center for Jewish Studies, both at UNCA. Recently, he contributed a poem to QuickMuse. He has also been featured as artist of the month on the website for Image: A Journal of Art, Faith, and Mystery, and on PoetryNet, a website edited by the poet Mark Jarman.
Chall Gray lives in Asheville, NC. His writings have appeared in numerous journals and have also been accepted into the Outside Voices Anthology of Younger American Poets, which will be published in January, 2008.
Valerie Finn will be reading her work at the Virginia Festival of the Book in Charlottesville, March 22, at UNCA in April, and at Malaprops in May. Her poems are in the recent issues of Poet Lore, Agenda (England), Best New Poets of 2005, and forthcoming in Prairie Schooner.
Flood Gallery Fine Arts Center is located at 109 Roberts Street in the River Arts District of Asheville North Carolina. For more information, please contact Mark Prudowsky at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 828-776-8438.