Wordfest Schedule

ALL SATURDAY EVENTS ARE AT LENOIR-RHYNE ASHEVILLE AT 36 MONTFORD AVE 28801

Many of these events on Saturday will be live webcast here online and on WPVM radio, 103.7. and on Laura Hope-Gill’s FB page (made public).

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Please note: Joy Harjo reads twice! The first is Thursday at University is North Carolina at Asheville. The second is Saturday evening at Lenoir-Rhyne University Asheville Center. Details for the first event are on reading schedule. We are thrilled to work together to bring Joy Harjo twice to Asheville’s poetry audience!

Thursday April 12-University of North Carolina at Asheville

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Joy Harjo

7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. An Evening with Joy Harjo. Asheville Wordfest is happy to partner with the University of North Carolina at Asheville to bring Joy Harjo to town. More info:  

 

 FRIDAY APRIL 13: Malaprops Bookstore/Café and Lenoir=Rhyne University Asheville

5:00 p.m.at Malaprops Bookstore/Café: Launch of Alastair McIntosh’s U.S.A. publication of Poacher’s Pilgrimage.

The islands of the Outer Hebrides are home to some of the most remote and spectacular scenery in the world. They host an astonishing range of mysterious structures – stone circles, beehive dwellings, holy wells and ‘temples’ from the Celtic era. Over a twelve-day pilgrimage, often in appalling conditions, Alastair McIntosh returns to the islands of his childhood and explores the meaning of these places.

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Traversing moors and mountains, struggling through torrential rivers, he walks from the most southerly tip of Harris to the northerly Butt of Lewis. The book is a walk through space and time, across a physical landscape and into a spiritual one. As he battled with his own ability to endure some of the toughest terrain in Britain, he met with the healing power of the land and its communities. This is a moving book, a powerful reflection not simply of this extraordinary place and its people met along the way, but of imaginative hope for humankind.Click Here for an interview about this powerful book.  

8:00 p.m. at Lenoir-Rhyne Asheville Listening Room: Asheville’s Voices! DanMichael Batista,Rachel Lee Campbell, Elizabeth Meade,Devin Jones, José  Vásquez,amieson Ridenhour, and Mildred Barya.

 

 

 

Saturday April 14- All events at Lenoir-Rhyne Asheville 

9:00-9:30 REGISTRATION and WELCOME at Lenoir-Rhyne 2nd Floor Listening Room

9:30-11:00 LR Listening Room (2nd floor)

Keynote with Norman Bissell, Director of Scottish Centre for Geopoetics, and Alastair McIntosh, Spiritual Activist, Author of Poacher’s Pilgrimage and Soul and Soil: People vs. Corporate Power.

 

 

We are living in a world of growing concerns about climate change, political upheaval and inner discontent. A deep-going change of culture and direction is needed, but from where might such a transformation begin? Scotland is a nation that has often looked towards its bards, or poets, for vision and direction. In recent years, a major poetic movement has developed around Geopoetics, a theory-practice initiated by the Ayrshire writer and thinker, Kenneth White, who lives in France.
Geopoetics is a higher unity of geography and poetry which takes a trans-disciplinary approach to the world of which we are part. It includes recovering a sense of belonging to a place and culture and provides creative opportunities for individuals and communities to develop fully. It opens out fresh avenues for global and radical cultural renewal based on a rich variety of ways of understanding and expressing the Earth.
 
This keynote will be jointly presented by our special guests, two of Scotland’s leading contributors to poetics and cultural renewal. Norman Bissell is the Director of the Scottish Centre for Geopoetics. He will set out a grounding of what geopoetics is and what it can offer to our lives and our communities of place. Alastair McIntosh is a writer and activist for social, environmental and spiritual change. He will draw on his work as a pioneer of land reform in Scotland to demonstrate how geopoetics can be applied in community empowerment. 

11:15-12:30  The following workshops will take place in classrooms. 

ReWilding the Soul Through Poetry Presented by Mary Ellen Lough, Wildcrafter and Poet, Poetic Medicine Practioner. Room 230.

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Join in a poetic exploration of our origins and longings, which belong to the landscape. The poet John O’Donohue says that our very bodies originate from the landscape, that we have a “clay-ography” not just a “biography.” Healing can come as we rekindle our original connection to the land, both in our chosen communities, and the places where our ancestors come from. Poetry offers us an experience to “stand at the shores of our own immensity,” reawaken our love relationship with a speaking, living, animate landscape, and belong again to the communion of the natural world. Mary Ellen is a poetry therapist & single mother living with five children in an old farmhouse in southern Appalachia.  She is also a world traveler, community organizer, activist, gardener, and writer.  Mary Ellen teaches poetry as a practice of wholeness and path of integration everywhere from the VA hospital, homeless shelters, substance abuse centers, birth centers, public schools, universities, and conferences, to an old converted barn out in the mountains with a small group of people who gather around a woodstove with tea in the winter.”

**Young People’s Event: Theatre and Poetry for Middle Schoolers with Molly Rice** Room 234

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Springing from Roots: A Creative Writing and Choral Reading Session for Middle-Schoolers Come join us as we focus on creative writing and choral reading as a means of communication and communion. We will explore our senses as we create poetry based on the earth, and our belonging to it. Once produced (and along with selected poems from Wordfest’s guest poets) we will use the ancient form of choral reading to water and bloom our poetry-plants.

 

Nature, The Ultimate Model: Perspectives in Sustainability” presented by Amanda Strawderman, Candidate for M.S. in Sustainability Studies. Room 232.

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In this workshop we will be exploring natural systems as a model for thought. Explore how a Systems Thinking approach offers insight into designing creative solutions for some of our most pressing personal and societal needs. Through readings, discussion, and creative exercises, we will envision the future we want for ourselves, our loved ones, and our world. This is the first step in creating a sustainable future in which all may flourish. Join us as we embark on this journey together. For those who wish, there will be an additional opportunity to delve deeper into these topics in a 5-week discussion course this coming July.

“Embody Your Artistry” presented by DanMichael Batista and Melody. Room 218.

This workshop builds on Wordfest’s theme of “Earth, People and Words” by highlighting the central role of creatives in the healing of the Earth and humanity’s current paradigm. Artists have always been the truth-tellers and change-makers throughout history. Specific to writers – those who make art through wordsmithing – participants will learn how to overcome creative blocks and get back in touch with their authentic expression so that they can bring their unique gifts to the world. Using DanMichael Batista’s transformational channelled book (“The Frame”) as a blueprint, we will discuss how to build an authentic life that naturally supports artistry. Creation comes from Source. So when we create healthy boundaries that support us in being our best selves, enhanced creativity is a natural result. Participants will have the opportunity to take an honest look at their lives and define the areas that are breaking down their expression vs. those that are supporting it. The exercises we will utilize take concepts from “The Frame” into practical applications so that participants can use these tools in their daily lives to enhance their creativity. Participants will leave this workshop with the ability to tap into their creative flow, freedom from judgement and comparison, a renewed sense of their personal inspiration and artistic abilities, and greater courage to express themselves authentically.

 

 

SATURDAY 12:45-2:00

“Writing through Collapse: The power of place and insanity of Hope” Presented by Todd LeVasseur, College of Charleston Visiting Assistant Professor, Religious Studies and Environmental and Sustainability Studies, Director, Sustainability Literacy Institute. Room 232.

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This workshop builds on Wordfest’s theme of “recovering a sense of belonging to a place and culture and provides creative opportunities for individuals and communities to develop fully. It opens out fresh avenues for global and radical cultural renewal based on a rich variety of ways of understanding and expressing the Earth.”   The understanding and expressing of Earth for this workshop will be inspired by the ecological agrarian vision of Wendell Berry; the mythopoetic voice of Mary Oliver; and the ecoanarchist critique of “hope” offered by Derrick Jensen. Participants will share and discuss poetry and passages from the above authors, using their voices as a prism to re-configure and re-conceive of “place” in a time of climate collapse.  Participants will then be given time to create and then share their own poetry, music, verse, stories, and other forms of expression that builds on the riddle posited by Wendell Berry: to create a just, sustainable life in a sacred biocultural place “that none of us has lived.”

“Socializing the Nature Poem” Presented by Elizabeth Bradfield, Naturalist, Explorer, Poet. Room 230.

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“It requires a very unusual mind to undertake the analysis of the obvious” – Alfred North Whitehead, philosopher. When we look at anything, we put ourselves into what we see. We associate, remember, and draw upon the rich history of our lives to understand and describe our experiences.  How do we write about our interactions with the non-human world in ways that are full, accurate, ethical, nuanced, and surprising?  And how do our social selves – gender, race, geography, culture, education – influence and comment on how we view “nature”?  The great Audre Lorde said, “Our visions are essential to create that which has never been, and we must each learn to use all of who we are to achieve those visions.”  In this workshop we will embrace all of those complicated understandings in our readings and writings. We’ll make facts sing without bending them and apply a keen eye to the drama of our human selves in the non-human world.

**Young People’s Event: Honesty in Poetry presented by Devin Jones. Room 234.

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Workshop with Devin Jones: a dialogue on honesty in poetry, staying true to your own story and expressing yourself fully. In this workshop we will talk about what it means to be honest in your writing. It will be a safe space to talk about your stories and even have time to write!!

 

SATURDAY 2:15-3:30

“What is Poetry and Why Poetry Is? “(Our perspectives) Presented by José Vázquez, poet, and educator.  Room 234.

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“Poets were the first teachers of mankind.” -Horace What drives ancient and current cultures to express feelings and experiences through poetry? Why time and space makes no difference on this innate urge in human beings to create art with words? Is it biological? Is it spiritual? I don’t know the answer to these questions, but you might.Join poet and visual artist José G. Vázquez on a symbiotic learning experience exploring this universe we call poetry. Share your perspective, be a poet, learn and teach.

 

 

Native Well-Springs of Creativity in the Scottish Highlands: Faery, Goddesses, the Land itself, Presented by Gaelic Scholar and Highland Historian, Michael Newton with Alastair McIntosh. Room 230.

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At one time, all of humankind was indigenous. While some societies remain so, and others have been dislocated for thousands of years, the native culture of the Scottish Highlands was strongly tied to the land and primal cosmology into the late eighteenth century. Underground streams of continuity still trickle and can be reclaimed. Concepts of artistic expression, literary tradition, ancestral heritage, and belonging to birthplace are connected in Gaelic indigenous knowledge by the belief in the sìdh (crudely and imprecisely translated as “faery” in English) and powerful “supernatural” females of the land. This talk and discussion will offer an eco-critical overview of how Scottish Gaeldom expresses a deep symbiosis between artistic creativity (including literature), the community (living and dead, human and non-human), and the natural environment.

To Whom It May Concern on Earth: Eco-Epistolary Poems, a Workshop with Sean Hill. Room 218.

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In this workshop, participants will be led through an exploration of the epistolary poem—a poem that takes the form of a letter. This form made popular by the Roman poets Horace and Ovid has been used in recent times by poets such as Elizabeth Bishop, Langston Hughes, Lucille Clifton, Camille Dungy, Matthew Olzmann, and Natasha Trethewey. The tone of these poems of direct address can range from the conversational and intimate to restrained and formal and can range in subject matter from the philosophical to the apparently trivial and everything between. In this instance, the poet Sean Hill will discuss examples of the form in order to illustrate techniques and strategies for writing eco-epistolary poems. Letters and other forms of correspondence set up a rhetorical and dramatic situation—an attempt to communicate across a distance, to bridge a gap. Hill will provide participants with prompts to begin a draft of an epistolary poem in the workshop with the aim of giving participants ways to address, explore, and express the world.

Framing, Nature, and Sustainability: A Workshop on Words and the Ideas they Evoke
Presented by Dr. Keith McDade, Associate Professor of Sustainability Studies Co-Director, Reese Institute for Conservation of Natural Resources Program Director, MS in Sustainability Studies Lenoir-Rhyne University Center for Graduate Studies of Asheville

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Framing, or the words we choose to evoke ideas and images in the mind, is critical for effective communication about our natural world and sustainability.  This workshop explores the science and art of framing and how it plays a significant role in how people might understand the messages and stories we are sharing.  Promotion frames, prevention frames, health frames, security frames, loss/gain frames, and a host of other frames are explored to provide insights about how to more strategically and effectively communicate about sustainability issues such as climate change, biodiversity loss, water quality, air quality, food systems, resilience, our relationship with the natural world, and more.  When do we want to talk about a carbon tax versus a carbon offset?  When does it make sense to frame something in the negative versus the positive?  How we choose to say something is often just as important as what we choose to address.  The workshop uses insights from Cognitive Psychology to help you craft better messages. If you miss this workshop, you might miss the chance to make a real difference in helping us move toward a more sustainable world.  If you join us, you are likely to develop new strategies and ways of crafting your messages and stories.

 

 SATURDAY 3:45-5:00

Scotland, Slavery and the Isle of Donald Trump – Alastair  McIntosh, Spiritual Activist and Global Educator on Human Ecology, University of Glasgow, University of Edinburgh. Room 230.

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Donald John Trump didn’t come from nowhere! As an 18 year old girl his mother, Mary Anne Macleod, emigrated to New York from the Isle of Lewis in the Scottish Hebrides. Alastair McIntosh has conducted key research into the back story. He grew up on Lewis and was educated in its little town, Stornoway, which is twinned with Pendleton, SC, less than two hours from Asheville. Donald Trump’s mother’s people been forcibly evicted from their ancestral lands in the Highland Clearances of the 1820s. The family were pressed into penury by a rapacious landowning family who had also governed the Barbados slave colony, and brought into the Isle of Lewis a hard line fear-filled form of evangelical Christianity. Donald Trump says he got his religion from his mother. In Poacher’s Pilgrimage: an Island Journey, of which the US edition from Cascade is being launched at the Asheville Wordfest, Alastair explores the role of such psychohistory in American politics. He argues that Trump’s hidden background ironically lent him an ability to connect with hard-pressed people. This is a deep and disturbing story. It speaks to white folks, but equally, to the tragic plight of Native Americans and people of colour. In the end, it is a story that can point to deepest healing. A story of deep poetry, a bardic politics. As the acclaimed American spiritual speaker Brian D. McLaren says in his Foreword to the Cascade edition, “As I read, I felt that I had been led to holy ground.”

“ive finished a book by him called soil & soul which was very inspiring… a desire for ecological change with no ego or malignance and no messianic tendendies…and he has a beard thmx.” –Thom Yorke, Radiohead
“A really wonderful and inspiring book [offering] a fascinating perspective on globalization and development from someone who comes from a still intact traditional culture. Highly recommended!” – Starhawk

 

 

 

 

 

 

5:30-6:30 at Lenoir-Rhyne Asheville Listening Room: FLAT IRON WRITERS presents Emilia Phillips in the Listening Room

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Emilia Phillips is the author of two poetry collections from the University of Akron Press, Signaletics (2013) and Groundspeed(2016), and three chapbooks, most recently Beneath the Ice Fish Like Souls Look Alike (Bull City Press, 2015). Her poems and lyric essays appear widely in literary publications including AgniBoston ReviewPloughsharesPoetry, and elsewhere. She’s an assistant professor in the MFA Writing Program and the Department of English at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her third book, Empty Clip, will be published by the University of Akron Press Spring 2018.

 

 

8:00-10:00 p.m. at Lenoir-Rhyne Asheville Listening Room: Joy Harjo, Elizabeth Bradfield, Sean Hill, and John Lane

 

 

 

Sunday April 15 Lenoir-Rhyne Asheville (morning) and Folk Art Center (afternoon)

9-10 a.m. Plenary Session with Norman Bissell, Alastair McIntosh, and Wordfest Director Laura Hope-Gill, during which we will create ideas and reflect upon inspirations from the weekend so far. Where will Geopoetics lead you?

10 a.m. – 11 a.m.  

 This morning features Morning Workshops and readings.

Dan Albergotti reads from his new collection Millenial Teeth, and Adrian Rice will read from his New and Selected Poems from Press 53.

Dan Albergotti is the author of The Boatloads (BOA Editions, 2008) and Millennial Teeth (Southern Illinois University Press, 2014), as well as a limited-edition chapbook, The Use of the World (Unicorn Press, 2013). His poems have appeared in The Cincinnati Review, Five Points, The Southern Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review, The Best American Poetry 2017, and two editions of the Pushcart Prize, as well as other journals and anthologies. He is a professor of English at Coastal Carolina University.

Adrian Rice is from Belfast. He graduated from the University of Ulster with a BA in English & Politics, and MPhil in Anglo-Irish Literature. He has delivered writing workshops, readings, and lectures throughout Europe, and the U.S. His poems first appeared in Muck Island (1990), a collaboration with leading Irish artist, Ross Wilson. Copies of this limited edition box-set of poems and images are housed in The Tate Gallery, and The Boston Museum of Fine Arts. The Mason’s Tongue (1999) was shortlisted for the Christopher Ewart-Biggs Memorial Literary Prize, nominated for the Irish Times Prize for Poetry, and translated into Hungarian. Adrian was Visiting Writer-in-Residence at Lenoir-Rhyne University in 2005. His family have settled in Hickory, from where he commutes to Boone for Doctoral studies at ASU, and to teach on the First Year Seminar Program. The Clock Flower (2013), and Hickory Station (2015), are both published by Press 53. A poem from Hickory Station, “Breath”, was a Pushcart Prize nomination. The Strange Estate: New & Selected Poems 1986-2017 is forthcoming from Press 53

The Numinous Encounter: Writing about God & Nature 

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Fred Bahnson, Wake Forest University School of Divinity; Director of Food, Health, and Ecological Well-Being Program, author of Soil and Sacrament
Religious experience is one of the most difficult topics a writer can approach. How do we write about our encounters with God, Being, Mystery — however we name it — in a way that avoids sounding preachy or pious or simply vague? How do we find language adequate to an experience the mystics tell us is ineffable? “Tell all the Truth but tell it slant — / Success in Circuit lies,” wrote Emily Dickinson. In this workshop we will discuss ways to “tell it slant,” looking sideways at numinous encounters in nature and drawing the reader into that moment through language. Using selected essays and poems, we will look at nature writing that does more than simply report on “what happened,” but becomes itself a site of encounter, a locus of Presence where the reader experiences that feeling that, as Chekhov said, two plus two equals five. “What I crave is mystery that utterly obliterates reality by utterly inhabiting it, some ultimate insight that is still in sight. Heaven is precision,” wrote Christian Wiman in My Bright Abyss.  Through readings and selected writing exercises, we will look for metaphors from the natural world to explore our own brushes with Mystery.
 

 

11:15-12:15

Dayna Reggero presents The Climate Listening Project

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What’s your climate story?

The Climate Listening Project is a collaborative effort by Dayna Reggero to connect and share hopeful conversations on climate and community. We work creatively to cultivate and share unique stories through video, film, connections, and collaborations. Read our Reviews and Testimonials to learn more.  Since 2014, we’ve traveled across the United States and around the world to explore the connections that are important to each of us: family, faith, business, community; weaving together the latest science with inspiring stories from around the globe. Visit our Films page to stream now.

We collaborate with local, national, and international organizations, individuals and businesses to listen to the stories that need to be heard. Collaborators include Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), National Audubon Society, and Moms Clean Air Force, to name a few. Check them out on our Collaborators page. You can find Climate Listening Project stories on more than 120 places online. From television, blogs, radio, and news outlets including Salon, ABC, NPR, iHeartRadio, Univision, Yahoo, Huffington Post, Governing Magazine, and The Atlantic to resource sites like Jane Goodall Institute, Yale Climate Connections, Union of Concerned Scientists, and Thrive Global. Check out our Press page to read all about it.  Our films and videos have screened at local events, conferences, and film festivals around the globe from Wake Forest University in North Carolina to the Stockholm Resilience Center in Sweden. Our faith vignettes have been shared at 4,000 churches across America and our food and farming videos were screened at the International Paris Climate Talks. Our first feature documentary “The Wood Thrush Connection” was honored as the Best Short Documentary Winner at the 2017 Belize International Film Festival. Visit our Events page to see past events or attend an upcoming event. Our advisers include top scientists and thought leaders. Plus, we’ve hired more than 30 diverse videographers, photographers, and creatives. See who’s who on our Team and Advisers page.  The Climate Listening Project has reached more than 10 million people through press, social media and events. Connect with us on Facebook to keep up with what’s new. Our collaborative videos and films continue to be used again and again to start or accelerate hopeful climate conversations. Please Connect with us to collaborate or learn more.

Jasmin Pitman Morrell and Garreth Higgins present a preview and the story of Movies and Meaning Festival that will take place in Asheville April 26-28 at Diana Wortham Theatre. Alice Walker will be at the Movies and Meaning Festival! 

 

 

 

We are born into stories, many of which rely on oppositional energy: who we are against, what we don’t like, who to exclude. These stories don’t work, but the noise of damaging stories has only gotten harsher, louder, and more overwhelming. The task of creating our better world seems too large and difficult to hold. And many people we’ve talked to just seem, for lack of a better word, tired.  Our fourth annual Movies & Meaning Experience this April is designed for this moment.You’re invited to this healing, joyful, challenging, and life-giving experience, which will lift your heart without asking you to switch off your brain.This April 26-28, 2018, at the lovely Diana Wortham Theatre in Asheville, North Carolina, we will gather and hear from special guests Alice Walker, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Color PurpleBrian McLaren, author and theologian; and Gareth Higgins, film critic and Irish peace activist. We’ll screen seven movies, hear seven stories, and participate in seven activities proven to nurture community, restore hope, and build a bridge to the kind of world so many of us seek. We’ll do it in the setting of one of the most beautiful and creative small cities in the world, in a lovely theatre, surrounded by fantastic restaurants, places to stay, and the stunning Blue Ridge Mountains. We’ll make new friends, see astonishing big screen art, and pick up fuel for the journey of living more whole in uncertain times.  Epic and intimate, serious and funny, inspirational and relaxed: this community is ready to welcome you. Click here to learn more or to register for the experience.

Now, go have lunch and then we will all reconnect at the FOLK ART CENTER on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

 

1:30-2:45 at Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Cara Hagan, Professor of Dance and Expressive Arts at Appalachian State University, presents installation and new work, LOAM, “an experience of movement and sound exploring the relationship between the human body and soil.”

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3:00-4:15

The Geopoetics of Haiku Walking

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Norman Bissell, Director of the Scottish Centre for Geopoetics, will read some extracts from his forthcoming novel I Want to Live about the desperate struggle of George Orwell to finish writing Nineteen Eighty-Four on the Isle of Jura in Scotland before his health failed. He will also read some poems from his collection Slate, Sea and Sky and some haiku by Matsuo Basho and Alan Spence. This workshop will encourage participants to write their own haiku by doing some haiku walking and will discuss how applying geopoetics in our daily lives can enable us to be more creative in this and other ways. We will then take a haiku walk on the Mountain-to-Sea Trail just outside the Folk Art Center. Please bring a pen and paper/notebook. For those unable to walk, there are beautiful settings to write.

What better way to end Wordfest than with some time in the woods and a new poem?

Thank you for being a part of Asheville Wordfest.

 

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APRIL 12- 15, 2018

Thursday, April 12: Joy Harjo at UNC-A Lipinsky Auditorium at 7-8:30 p.m. For more info.

Friday, April 13: Launch of Alastair McIntosh’s U.S. publication of Poacher’s Pilgrimage. Malaprops Bookstore/Café 5 p.m.

Friday, April 13: At Lenoir-Rhyne Asheville at 36 Montford Avenue

Evening Reading at 8 p.m. Mildred Barya, Nicole Townsend, José  Vásquez, Rachel Lee Campbell, Elizabeth Meade, and Jamieson Ridenhour.

Saturday, April 14: Workshops and Keynotes from 10 am. til 5 p.m. at Lenoir-Rhyne Asheville at 36 Montford Avenue. See schedule page for details..

9:30-11:00

Keynote with Norman Bissell, Director of Scottish Centre for Geopoetics, and Alastair McIntosh, Spiritual Activist, Author of Poacher’s Pilgrimage and Soul and Soil: People vs. Corporate Power.

11:15-12:30

ReWilding the Soul Through Poetry Presented by Mary Ellen Lough, Wildcrafter and Poet, Poetic Medicine Practioner

**Young People’s Event: Theatre and Poetry for Middle Schoolers with Molly Rice**

“Embody Your Artistry” presented by DanMichael Batista and Melody

SATURDAY 12:45-2:00

“Writing through Collapse: The power of place and insanity of Hope” Presented by Todd LaVasseur, College of Charleston Visiting Assistant Professor, Religious Studies and Environmental and Sustainability Studies, Director, Sustainability Literacy Institute

“Socializing the Nature Poem” Presented by Elizabeth Bradfield, Naturalist, Explorer, Poet

 

SATURDAY 2:15-3:30

“What is Poetry and Why Poetry Is? “(Our perspectives) Presented by José Vázquez, poet, and educator. 

“Native Well-Springs of Creativity in the Scottish Highlands: Faery, Goddesses, the Land Itself” Presented by Gaelic Scholar and Highland Historian, Michael Newton with Alastair McIntosh

SATURDAY 3:45-5:00

Scotland, Slavery and the Isle of Donald Trump – Alastair  McIntosh, Spiritual Activist and Global Educator on Human Ecology, University of Glasgow, University of Edinburgh

Letter to the Earth, a Workshop on writint the epistolary poem to discover shift and understanding, with Sean Hill, poet, essayist.

5:30-6:30 at Lenoir-Rhyne Asheville Listening Room: FLAT IRON WRITERS presents Emilia Phillips in the Listening Room

8:00-10:00 p.m. at Lenoir-Rhyne Asheville Listening Room: Joy Harjo, Elizabeth Bradfield, Sean Hill, and John Lane

 

SUNDAY

10-11 a.m.

Dan Albergotti reads from his new collection Millenial Teeth, and Adrian Rice will read from his New and Selected Poems from Press 53.

“The Numinous Encounter: Writing about God & Nature ” Fred Bahnson, Wake Forest University School of Divinity; Director of Food, Health, and Ecological Well-Being Department, presents Soil and Sacrament
11:15-12:15
Jasmin Pitman Morrell and Garreth Higgins present a preview and the story of Movies and Meaning Festival that will take place in Asheville April 26-28 at Diana Wortham Theatre. Alice Walker will be at the Movies and Meaning Festival! 
Dayna Reggero presents The Climate Listening Project

1:30-2:45 at Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Cara Hagan, Professor of Dance and Expressive Arts at Appalachian State University, presents installation and new work, LOAM, “an experience of movement and sound exploring the relationship between the human body and soil.”

3:00-4:15

The Geopoetics of Haiku Walking presented by Norman Bissell, Director of the Scottish Centre for Geopoetics

 

Conclusion of this year’s adventure with a wander in the woods.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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