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Arts & Entertainment

The Bascom’s March schedule of exhibitions includes:

Emerging Artists: Frank Vickery thesis exhibition will be featured at the Bascom from March 24- May 10 in the Atrium Gallery.

Every year, a graduate student from Western Carolina University is chosen to install his or her thesis exhibition at The Bascom. Vickery, the honoree this year, is no stranger to the Bascom. He has been with our institution as an intern and is currently The Bascom’s Ceramics Program Manager.

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Gary Carden of The Liars Bench, a two-year old program featuring authentic traditional Southern Appalachian storytelling, music, poetry, and drama, announced the first of the “Balsam Chronicles,” starting with the story of “Gus Baty, the man whojumped/ fell off Whiteside Mountain” Thursday March 15 at 7:00 pm at WCUs Mountain Heritage Center to follow the successful February 16 and 23 Liars Bench performances of “Coy”. Free admission for all.

First in the series of “Balsam Chronicles,” a set of three Liars Bench programs in March, April and May, supported in part by a grant from the Grassroots Arts Program of the Jackson County Arts Council and the North Carolina Arts Council, this is the compelling story of the circumstances of Gus Baty jumping/falling off “Fool's Rock,” sliding sixty yards down the steep mountain side and coming to rest against a Laurel bush suspended on the very edge of Whiteside's cliff a thousand feet above the valley floor, and his rescue by his friend Charlie Wright.

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Promises raft of talented wordsmiths March 18-22

The Spring Literary Festival at Western Carolina University rings in a decade this year with two authors whose works have been tagged for the silver screen.

The festival will open the evening of Sunday, March 18, and run through Thursday, March 22. All events are in the A.K. Hinds University Center or the recital hall of the Coulter Building on the WCU campus. Events are free and open to the public, and authors will sign works after each reading.

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A book by Annette Debo, Western Carolina University associate professor of English, titled “The American H.D.” was recently released by the University of Iowa Press.

Weaving together literary criticism, biography, cultural history and archival research, “The American H.D.” offers a new story about the significance of the United States through a study of the life and work of modernist 20th-century writer Hilda Doolittle, who is known as “H.D.”

H.D., an American who spent her adult life abroad, helped launch the free verse movement and authored experimental novels, short and long stories, essays, reviews, a children’s book and translations. The University of Iowa Press describes H.D. as “a white writer with ties to the Harlem Renaissance; an intellectual who collaborated on avant-garde films and film criticism; and an upper-middle- class woman who refused to follow gender conventions.”

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