Over the last 20  years we have published  over 140  books by local authors. This grouping of books  consists of books for children, poetry, genealogy, historical, fiction and non-fiction. The list continues to grow.  To check out our publishing policies,  click on  "Publishing" listed under the heading of  Storytelling above.

Keeping Appalachian Heritage Alive!

Catch the Spirit of Appalachia, Inc.

A501(c)(3) nonprofit art & heritage organization

Most Current Newsletter

Click on link below:​
Mtn Folk News 3-2020.pdf

​Feature!         NEW BOOK

documenting  30 years of Storytelling & Spontaneous Art  Published May, 2020

To  learn more, click on 

Mountain Storytelling & Spontaneous Art




Produced by Catch the Spirit of Appalachia, the oral history podcast "Stories of Mountain Folk" is a professional program featuring storytelling and interviews from Caucasian, African-American, and Cherokee people living in Western North Carolina.

New! CSA Videos  on YouTube

Appalachian Folktales with Spontaneous Art—WNC and UPSTATE SC

Catch the Spirit of Appalachia is a group of dedicated Western North Carolina individuals who are holding local memory in place by saving the stories, by sharing through art and the spoken word, by validating the local human community —sustaining our sense of place.


"Planting seeds of heritage through the arts," CSA's mission, becomes quite clear through the public art that has been created by co-founder, Doreyl Ammons Cain and supported by the CSA Board of Directors. Currently, there are five  public art creations and more are planned. Also up and running is a  Appalachian Mural Trail for WNC.   For more information about uncoming dedications of community murals,  Click Here.

To learn more, click on the Historic Public Art heading at the top of the page.