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Wayne Caldwell


A Day in Big Cataloochee

Friday, September 23, 2016 / 9am to 4pm / $69.00
Guide: Wayne Caldwell
Author of Cataloochee and Requiem by Fire

We will visit the easternmost part of the North Carolina side of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park with Wayne Caldwell, local author, whose paternal roots are in the Cataloochee valley. We will leave WCU at nine a.m. and, barring trouble, arrive in the valley about ten. After a visit to the Jarvis Palmer house and barn we will go to the Beech Grove schoolhouse, then to the Hiram Caldwell house, where we will have lunch. Then we will hike to the Steven Woody house and back. This is not a strenuous trail—it’s level for the most part, but you do have to cross the creek on footbridges. One mile in, one mile back. Then we will visit Palmer Chapel Church, where Wayne will read from Cataloochee. We will leave the valley about three, back to WCU about four. Wayne will speak about the history and culture of the valley, and tell stories, some of which will be true, and others at least told for the truth.

Wayne Caldwell, a native of Asheville NC, is the author of prize-winning short stories and two novels, Cataloochee (2007) and Requiem by Fire (2010), the latter of which won the 2010 Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award from the WNC Historical Association. He wrote the sixth chapter of a collaborative novel, Naked Came the Leaf Peeper (Burning Bush Press, 2011). A poem, “Woodsmoke,” appeared in Appalachian Heritage (Fall 2011). “Rattlesnakes,” a short story about Asheville’s proposed 1980 downtown mall, appeared in 27 Views of Asheville (Eno Publishers, 2012). A short story, “Donation Jar,” was published in Drafthorse’s Winter 2013 issue (www.drafthorse.org). He received the James Still Award, for excellence in writing about the Appalachian South, from the Fellowship of Southern Writers in 2013. A third novel, Memoirs of an Unambitious Lawyer, was a finalist for the Lee Smith Fiction Prize from Carolina Wren Press, and seeks a publisher. In his spare time he works up firewood.

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Shooting Bugs! The Art and Science of
Photographing Insects and Their Kin

Saturday, September 17, 2016 / 9 am to 4:30 pm / $69.00
WCU Camp Building, Room 143

Join WCU biology professor and avid photographer Kefyn Catley in this one-day macro photography workshop. A morning discussion will be followed by a 2-hour field trip and a post processing demonstration and group critique of images in the afternoon. A DSLR camera is preferred with macro lens, diopter, or extension rings to get in the 1:4 -1:1 range. Point and shoot or other cameras with “macro mode” could also work. Class will cover basics of macro photography, equipment, close-up flash, field techniques and what photographers need to know about their subjects in order to make successful images.

Check out the wonderful world of bug photography here.

Email Kefyn with questions at kcatley@wcu.edu.

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