Bob Bersson debuts a new occasional feature on The Spark, short, creative non-fiction, with his story “The Cairo Rooster.”
Jeff McCormack’s long relationship with plants includes starting Southern Exposure Seed Exchange, Garden Medicinals and Culinaries, co-founding Virginia Plant Savers, and being lead author of Bush Medicine of the Bahamas, an ethno-botanical study of the native uses of medicinal plants on San Salvador Island.
JMU student Shanell Dowling reads “Won’t You Celebrate With Me” a poem by Lucille Clifton, in honor of Black History Month.
To honor Black History Month, JMU student Kirsten Warne reads Major Jackson’s poem Urban Renewal XVIII.
Hop grower Stan Driver talks about his fantastical vines, and the burgeoning Virginia hop-growing business.
Blue Mountain Brewery Hops
When Staunton’s Ellen Butchart unexpectedly lost her job working on the creative side of Rosetta Stone, she responded by going back to school for an MBA in sustainable business.
20-year-old Austin Shifflett blows the blues on his harmonica.
To honor Black History Month, JMU student Patrick Ragland reads Ann Spencer’s poem At the Carnival.
Henry McHenry talks of his passionately held beliefs about the responsibilities inherent in substitute teaching.
Essayist Kate Cohen is a writer and editor who grew up in the Shenandoah Valley and now scrambles eggs in Albany, NY.