Diane Cluck’s uniquely beautiful voice ranges over peaks and valleys with warbling inflections that hint at the emotive style of Joni Mitchell.

ARTS Pick: Diane Cluck

Though she cut her musical teeth in NYC’s Lower East Side among other notables in the anti-folk game, Diane Cluck now resides in Virginia—a fitting landscape for her lovely and lonely brand of intuitive songwriting. Her first release in eight years, Boneset is a collection of songs written during her hiatus and presented in loose […]

Avery Chenoweth, who published his fourth book through Amazon instead of traditional channels, will discuss Radical Doubt during the festival program “UVA MFA Graduates Present!” Photo: Elli Williams.

Local authors turn to self-publishing with mixed emotions, success

When a heart attack left Avery Chenoweth wondering how much time he had left, the author decided to self-publish for the first time. A Charlottesville resident since 1990, Chenoweth had already published Albemarle: A Story of Landscape and American Identity, Empires in the Forest: Jamestown and the Making of America, and the short story collection […]

Author Jane Alison, the newest faculty member of UVA’s MFA in Creative Writing program, will guest judge the finalists in WriterHouse’s non-fiction contest. Photo: Elli Williams.

WriterHouse sponsors new creative nonfiction contest

For many years, The Hook ran a writing contest in conjunction with the Virginia Festival of the Book that was judged by John Grisham. With the newspaper’s closure last summer, it looked like local writers were out of luck if they wanted to compete for cash and readers. But WriterHouse, the local nonprofit dedicated to […]