Blaise Kielar received Honorable Mention in the 2022 Alex Albright Creative Nonfiction Prize for an excerpt from his memoir in progress, "Be Heard: The Quiet Kid Who Started the World’s Loudest Violin Shop." He opened Chapel Hill’s first violin shop in 1978 and retired from a music retail career by transitioning Electric Violin Shop into the first worker-owned co-op music store in the United States. He plays jazz violin and clarinet in several bands and leads the Bulltown Strutters, Durham’s community New Orleans brass band.


  1. Bro I’ve been reading these random goofy jokes from a nearby neighbor hood and even though they aren’t funny they’re kinda funny cause they’re so random and it’s funny these jokes been here sence like 2021 or something it’s been so long sometimes I get mad at my parents and run away for a few hours I go to this house just to see this dumb joke it’s rly funny and I appreciate these people 😂

  2. Blaise Kielar

    Thank you Ashhael!

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