Ploughshares (“Award-winning poetry, fiction, essays and memoirs”) is a literary magazine based out of Emerson College in Boston. Its “Literary Boroughs” series shares a city’s book culture (where to shop, where to get published), its resident writers and literary references, and its bookish events and festivals.
Here’s what is has to say about Asheville:
Resident writers: Thomas Wolfe, author of Look Homeward, Angel, is Asheville’s literary hero. The writer’s childhood home, the Old Kentucky Home boarding house, still stands downtown and the Wolfe Memorial Visitor Center is located behind it at 52 North Market Street.
F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald vacationed here. Zelda frequently visited the area over twelve years until her tragic death in the Highland Hospital fire in 1948.
The city and outlying area have been home and inspiration to numerous authors, including: the Fitzgeralds, Charles Frazier, Wilma Dykeman, Carl Sandburg, Ron Rash, Sarah Addison Allen, Fred Chappell, Elizabeth Kostova, Robert Creely, Russell Edson, Stephanie Perkins, Cynn Chadwick, Kathryn Stripling Byer, Keith Flynn, Wiley Cash, Gail Godwin, Wayne Caldwell, Mark de Castrique, and Robert Morgan. O. Henry (William Sydney Porter) is buried at Riverside Cemetery.
Literary References: Asheville is mentioned in The Great Gatsby, Charles Frazier’s Cold Mountain, Ron Rash’s The World Made Straight, Barbara Kingsolver’s The Lacuna, Wolfe’s Look Homeward, Angel, Jennifer Estep’s Mythos Academy series, Robert Morgan’s This Rock and Catherine Marshall’s Christy. Feel free to add to this list in the blog comments!
Read the whole thing here.