I am the founder and co-director of Asheville Wordfest, which launched in 2008 with generous support from both North Carolina Humanities Council and NCArts Council. Because AVL Wordfest was always about community and bringing people together across cultural lines, after much contemplation, Cara Forbes, co-director, and I decided not to have a Zoom Wordfest in 2021, and we repeat that decision for 2022. Wordfest has always been about people moving closely together between sessions and working together closely in sessions, sitting closely at readings. We just can’t do that in a pandemic. I love Zoom and experience close community “there” with my students. Wordfest was about being IN PERSON.

So, there’ll be no Asheville Wordfest 2022.

Thank you to all who have come to Asheville Wordfest. At this time, we don’t know what will come next. Something.


Laura Hope-Gill