Asheville Wordfest April 18-23, 2017


WORKSHOPS take place all day (10-6) at Lenoir-Rhyne Asheville. View the schedule and details here. You know what one little workshop can do for your writing and peace-of-mind. Shift gears and fall in love with the creative process all over again. It rejuvenates and heals like little else in this world. Asheville Wordfest presents not one but a full day of workshops. The only challenge will be in choosing which one you wish to attend.


Wordfest’s Saturday night reading presents yet another gathering of outstanding voices and singularly universal perspectives. Quraysh Ali Lansana returns to town as a long-time friend of Asheville’s poetry world, with vibrant, soul-stirring observations versed into power. Francine Hendrickson, a graduate student in Writing at Lenoir-Rhyne, returns to AVL from a week at Women of World Slam in Texas. Cara Hagan, a nationally recognized educator, choreographer, dancer, and poet connects with us through the  Department of Theater and Dance at Appalachian State University. Molly Rice’s work in community theater and writing heals the riffs between cultures in the foothills. Robert Zachary is beloved for his work with Healing Love Institute, and Ray Christian is a history professor at Appalachian State University in Boone and is a US Army Veteran paratrooper whose stories have gained him national acclaim at The Moth and beyond. Another evening of incredible work and energized voices.

Reading:  Quraysh Ali Lansana, Francine Hendrickson, Cara Hagan, Molly Rice, Robert Zachary, Ray Christian

After the reading, we’ll trek once again across town for open mic and music at Hotel Indigo with The Belfast Boys 9 p.m.  Hotel Indigo.



THE “PRAYER SPEAKS EVERY TONGUE”  EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED FOR FURTHER DEVELOPMENT. PLEASE KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR ITS MANIFESTATION IN THE FALL. Workshops with John Evans at 1 p.m. and Patti Digh at 3 p.m. will welcome you, but you have to register on the Tickets page.

Asheville Wordfest: Multicultural at the Mic for Ten Years. AVLWORDFEST.COM

Asheville Wordfest April 18-23, 2017 at various venues around Asheville, NC

Produced by Laura Hope-Gill, Founding Director of Asheville Wordfest and Co-ordinator of the Thomas Wolfe Center for Narrative M.A. in Writing Program at Lenoir-Rhyne University, Asheville, offering online and in-person courses across genres.

Laura Hope-Gill.

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