If you’re at all interested in the literature, history, and social issues of Western North Carolina, you’ll want to check outâ€”and joinâ€”The Read on WNC.
Founded by Rob Neufeld, longtime columnist forÂ TheÂ Asheville Citizen-Times and director of the “Together We Read” program, The Read on WNC offers a virtual community for artists, historians, and cultural connoisseurs.
Users can create their own profiles, invite friends to join, and post new content and event information. Regular features include artist interviews, book reviews, and profiles of courageous or interesting local citizens.
With nearly 1,400 members, The Read on WNC offers photos and videos curated by an online community. Visitors can watch Main Street Rag publisher M. Scott Douglass talk about his favorite book he’s published; an interview with Gary Carden, winner of the 2012 NC Award for Literature; a musical performance from the John C. Campbell Folk School; and more.
The online forum offers topics of conversation from folklore to literary events to the Civil War. Groups include “Heritage Keepers,” “Geneologists,” and “Creative Publishing.” And users can post to the site’s blog, offering writers a great opportuity to hone their writing chops and build an audience.
It’s free to join. And like all community venues, the site works best when its members are active.