Category: Arts & Culture

The poetry box

  When celebrated poets Dorianne Laux and Joseph Millar moved from Oregon to Raleigh in 2008, they brought a love of verse they wanted to share. Laux, a professor of poetry in N.C. State’s creative writing program, had just the…

Hot tracks for cool days

Is there a better cure for the cooped-up winter blahs than great music? Walter asked four local DJs for their top picks. Carson Blackley  Recent N.C. State graduate Carson Blackley is a radio host and producer for Raleigh’s new country…

Hometown heroes: The World Series champs next door

by Cam Higgins “Should I use the autograph I’ve been practicing, or just sign my normal name?”  Few 13-year-olds get the chance to ask their coach that question, but then again, Dante Defranco and his fellow players on the West…

A farewell to Seamus Heaney (1939-2013)

When celebrated poet and Raleigh native Gibbons Ruark heard that Seamus Heaney, his cherished friend of more than 30 years, had died on Aug. 30, he was bereft. Heaney, the Irish Nobel Laureate, had been a hero, kindred spirit, and touchstone…

A house, a dog and love

by P. Gaye Tapp A towering magnolia tree sheltered me from the rush of traffic on Glenwood Avenue for 10 years. There were moments when I thought a car might careen onto the sidewalk, crash into the stucco wall, invade…

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