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1000 Black Lines

:: digital coffee stains on the paper of the blogosphere ::

If citizens only knew the facts...

...would that change the way we buy energy? Last summer Kiplinger's voted Asheville into the top ten smartest cities in America. But read this:

The 12 states with the heaviest concentrations of the dirtiest power plants... are: Texas... Indiana... North Carolina.... Mary Ann Hitt, executive director of the regional nonprofit organization Appalachian Voices in Asheville, N.C., said: “On the ground in Appalachia, we see the impact of these dirty coal plants every day and in every part of our lives. We are losing homes and communities to mountaintop removal mining, and losing the lives of loved ones to health problems triggered by air pollution.”

How smart is Asheville?

Confessions : : 05

Kenny Wayne Shepherd
01. I did not attend Bele Chere, Asheville's biggest party of the year.
02. I wanted to.
03. No I did not.
04. I only wanted to attend the Kenny Wayne Shepherd concert.
05. My urban garden looks pathetic.
06. I am supposed to be writing regularly column for The Indie, but I haven't submitted a story in over a month.
07. I am supposed to be contributing original street/citizen-journalism writings to a city blog called Asheviller. (If you are familiar with Gothamist and Seattlest then you get the idea of Asheviller.)
08. I designed and launched a new website, Coffeehouse Junkie, as a beta version, but haven't had time to develop the individual pages.
09. I'm listening to Vanessa Boyd's Unkept Woman on iTunes.
10. My laptop's battery is at a critical depletion point and I need to rejuice the MBP.

Previous confessions: [1] [2] [3] [4]

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Write Stuff: Learning the art of personal essay

Write Stuff writers and readers have expressed their interest and learning what I learned during a 5-week writing course and a 1-week writer residency. This week's piece [link] begins the story of my experience and what I've learned and hope to share.

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Read this:

Poetry amidst the Kultursmog

Read this:

The disappearance of criticism from the daily papers in the United States poses a problem that goes way beyond the problems that are most immediately apparent, such as few reviews means fewer ads for books and fewer sales of the sorts of books I publish at Harvard University Press or of the sort most publishers of serious fiction and non-fiction produce. (via Critical Mass) Link.

Write Stuff: Return from sabbatical

Returning from hiatus offers new insight into the craft of writing that I explore in this week's Write Stuff post [link]:
The experience was so rich and full that I plan to share a lot of what I have learned with you.
There is so much I've learned during this sabbatical that I want to share it all, but it will take some time due to my professional life. It seems that part of my life complicates my urgency to make art.

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Street musicians perform downtown Asheville

Gillie listens as Cory and Spencer jam through a Friday afternoon downtown.

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Live downtown street music

Spencer, on mandolin, and Cory, on guitar, make music outside Malaprops.

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Outside Malaprops Bookstore

Peter Lorenz (visit his Flickr pages here Link.) photographs musicians on a beautiful Friday afternoon.

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Rumble on the local air waves

All I can say is Freeborn's got stones. Whether or not this is a good political move is yet to be seen.
Freeborn’s hour on the program — click here to listen to it — provided both intense dialogue and gripping political theater, as the Council member, who’s up for reelection this fall, faced off with one angry caller after another.... At one point, Mittan even persuaded Freeborn to sign the petition, which Freeborn had previously refused to do. (via Jon Elliston for Mtn X) Link.

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More shooting in the 'hood

Why do you think this is news all of the sudden? Drug activity in this Asheville 'hood is notorious. WLOS must be out of meth stories.

Two people got shot Sunday at the Chammies car wash on Hendersonville Road. The... police say the shooting victims were actually just innocent bystanders.... The cops said the shooting erupted after a drug deal gone wrong. (via Ashvegas) Link.

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PRESS RELEASE: Flood Fine Arts Gallery Poetry Reading

On July 15, 2007, Flood Fine Arts Gallery will host its monthly poetry reading at 2:00p.m., featuring the following poets:

David Shields is the author of eight books, including Black Planet: Facing Race During an NBA Season ( a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award), Remote: Reflections on LIfe in the Shadow of Celebrity (winner of the Pen/Revson Award), and Dead Languages: A Novel (winner of a Pen/Syndicated Fiction Award). Two new books are forthcoming from Knopf: The Thing About Life Is That One Day You'll be Dead, and Reality Hunger: A Manifesto. He is this year's chairman of the National Book Award nonfiction panel.

Pete Turchi, director of the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers since 1993, is the author of four books, including Maps of the imagination: The Writer as Cartographer and the novel, The Girls Next Door. His stories have appeared in Ploughshares, STORY, Alaska Quarterly Review, Puerto del Sol, and the Colorado Review among others. He is the recipient of a 2005 Guggenheim Fellowship, an NEA fellowship, and and Illinois Arts Council Award.

Jess Clarke has hosted women's poetry groups in Massachusetts, Virginia and now Asheville, where she lives. Her work has been published in So to Speak, Buckle &, out of line, Stylus, Silver Quill and other journals. A freelance writer, editor and former longtime newspaper reporter, her keenest interests now are in the craft and community of poetry.

Lynette James is a native of Asheville and a recent graduate of UNC Greensboro. Her work has primarily appeared in various school-associated literary magazines and publications.

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 info@floodgallery.org or call 828-776-8438.

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