Our mountains and Foothills have inspired generations of Carolina-born and -bred folk musicians — who have, themselves, inspired generations of writers. Four books tell the stories behind the musical storytellers.
A writer’s surroundings often influence his or her earliest work. A young Thomas Wolfe, for example, was famously inspired by his hometown, Asheville. Here, some of our state’s best-known writers show us where they started.
Four North Carolina poets reflect on our Southern landscape and its people, creating an ode to the everyday — a “blazing sensory world,” says James Applewhite — of the history, rhythms, and voices that mark our region.
They say that time heals all wounds, and for most of us, that's true: Time obscures our views of a ragged past. For writers, however, memories are reflective lenses used to observe personal histories, providing stark recollections charged with truth, not mellowed by time.