This week, we celebrate Emily Dickinson’s 183rd birthday. What better way to celebrate the poet than by baking her famous Black Cake? A group of Charlottesville poets-turned-bakers let us join them for their “Fourth Annual Emily Dickinson Birthday Party.”
Emily Dickinson was not only a prolific poet, but she was also a very industrious baker. A few years ago, cultural historian Addeane Kelley came across a newspaper article that had a recipe for Emily’s “Black Cake”.
Writer Alysia Abbott did not have the most ordinary of childhoods.
Her mother died when she was two years old, so she was raised by her father—a gay writer—in San Francisco’s bustling cultural scene of the 1970s. Then the 80s saw the plague of AIDS sweep through her father’s community of friends.
Now, Abbott has written a memoir about her childhood, called “Fairyland”—and she’s also planning speaking engagements this weekend in Roanoke. She hopes her story will spark more lead to more open minds and hearts about different lifestyles.
A debut novel by a Virginia Tech alum is getting praise for its take on the complexities of love and change in the wake of war.
“The Fallen Snow” is an early 20th century story set --both in a close knit, Appalachian Town-- and war time France. John Kelley began thinking about the idea for the book when he was in college in Blacksburg, thirty years ago.