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malaprops ashevilleAlthough I live three hours away from Asheville, I try to stay connected with writing events in Western North Carolina. Many events! I am not a fan of beer, but I noticed that Asheville will host the 2015 Beer Bloggers and Writers Conference this summer. I stopped by Malaprop’s as Asheville Poetry Review’s 20th Anniversary celebration this month came to a close. Plus, I heard about a local press that recently launched: Orison Press. Check out their submission guidelines and contests.

Very happy that my schedule (and the weather) are cooperating as the year begins. I’ve traveled to Asheville in February for Book Marketing, this month for Author Marketing Toolkit, and will be around again in April for a Write In (details below).


Monday, April 13th
Organized by Asheville Writers in the Activities Room reserved at Pack Memorial Library, 67 Haywood Street, Asheville, NC
A write-in is where we get together for a time to write. There is no critiquing, no group discussions, few distractions. Plan to write for 60 minutes straight. No need for reading of work aloud. If desired, we’ll discuss what we wrote. I’ll bring several writing prompt books everyone is welcome to use. Everyone is invited out for drinks/dessert afterwards. Register here.


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Jennifer’s new poetry book is inspired by Portland, Oregon.

Asheville writer Jennifer Fulford is releasing her first book of poems inspired by her adopted home Portland, Oregon. Poems from Planet P: You are Here, Portland, Ore. is a quirky collection influenced by the city’s social consciousness, oddities, and sex appeal. At intervals both hilarious and heart-breaking, the twenty-two poems romp through the bike-riddled, beer-addled City of Roses. Available through Amazon on March 31st in paperback and ebook from her micro-press, Black Bomb Books | Fiction, Poetry, Memoir | Micro-Publisher. The press will take submissions beginning April 15.

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Jennifer’s micropress starts receiving submissions in mid-April.

In early 2015 email evangelist and award-winning author Gisela Hausmann published two books. Naked Words: The Effective 157-Word Email is a guide book, which presents best practices for writing emails. In the past, Gisela has analyzed 100,000 emails for effectiveness and personal appeal. Her second book Naked Truths About Getting Book Reviews is geared towards authors. Gisela Hausmann specializes in writing short and to the point nonfiction books that “tell it as it is.” Find her on Twitter.

Rodney Page’s second novel The Xerces Factor launches on April 15. The Beltway suspense/thriller follows Rodney’s first novel Powers Not Delegated, which has received excellent reviews. Powers Not Delegated was named a Southern Writers Magazine ‘Good Read.” Additionally, Rodney’s short story, “Granny Mae’s Journey,” will appear in Crimson Cloak Publishing’s Steps in Time anthology in April.

Yol Swanyol swan book‘s book is forthcoming in May. The Indigo Journals, Healing the Spiritual Wounds of Indigo Adults & Other Feminine Souls is the fascinating journey of an Indigo adult whose mystical experiences and cosmic memories led her to recognize essential differences between the various soul types inhabiting the planet today. After many years of exploration and working with clients as a spiritual counselor, she now shares some of the practical tools she developed to help Indigo adults and other feminine souls heal their spiritual wounds and thrive in an excessively masculine world.