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A recently published chapbook of poetry titled “Marks of the Witch” by Catherine Carter, associate professor of English at Western Carolina University, explores topics ranging from time and feeling inadequate to getting gnawed on by crickets.

The 20-page book of poems won the 2014 Jacar Press Chapbook Contest and is now available from Jacar Press, an independent publisher of full-length collections, chapbooks, anthologies and limited edition collectible book art.

Kathryn Stripling Byer, a former poetin- residence at WCU and former N.C. poet laureate said Carter’s poems come close to English author Stephen Spender’s description of poetry as “enchanted utterance.”

“Call it enchantment or call it witchery, the poetry in Carter’s ‘Marks of the Witch’ creates through its incantatory rhythms and startling imagery a voice that reveals nothing less than the mystery residing in even the most ordinary detail of our daily lives,” said Byer in praise for the book shared by Jacar Press.


The award-winning creative team from Western Carolina University that has done everything from destroying the world with a production of “War of the Worlds” to capturing the spirit of broadcasts from the Cotton Club with their “golden age of radio” re-creations has announced its selection for 2015.

The group will present “Robin Hood – The Legacy” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $10 and proceeds fund scholarships in participating academic departments.


“Tracking Time,” an exhibition of paintings by two artists, Anna Jensen of Asheville and Karen Ann Myers of Charleston, South Carolina, will open Thursday, Jan. 22, at Western Carolina University’s Fine Art Museum.

A panel discussion featuring the artists and reception will be held at the FAM from 5 to 7 p.m. Jan. 22.

The exhibition brings together the work of two artists who create intimate, surreal and sometimes haunting psychological paintings of friends, family, lovers and conflicts, said Denise Drury, curator and interim director at the FAM. “Some of the images stand in self-portraits surrounded by patterning and cultural artifacts, while others appear to be confessions that are wrought with an emotional uneasiness,” Drury said.


Café String Quartet is a very talented group of musicians who can satisfy any musical appetite. Their music includes classics by Beethoven, Gershwin, Bach, and many other notable composers, but they also throw in an eclectic mix of fan favorites that keeps things exciting. Each quartet member draws from a rich professional history of training and study as well as eclectic performance experiences.

The Cafe String Quartet not only provides an evening of entertainment, but enlightens, engages and educates each audience member with a greater appreciation of music as an art. This dynamic quartet will be in concert at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, Jan. 31, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $14 each.


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