Maintaining a commitment to multicultural programming, the 11th Asheville Wordfest invites audiences and participants to venture deeply into spaces of tension and complexity in search of possibility with readings and workshops featuring poets, authors, artists, storytellers, and community facilitators.

Tickets go on sale March 1. Please become a sponsor to keep this festival economically equitable.

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Explore ASHEVILLE is bringing Jaki Shelton Green to Asheville Wordfest and hosting Saturday April 13’s Mainstage Reading at YMI Cultural Center. It is with great pleasure that we partner with Explore ASHEVILLE in this project because storytelling is at Wordfest’s heart, and the story of the YMI Cultural Center is the heart of Asheville’s story. If you don’t know the history of the YMI, you don’t know the rich and difficult history of Asheville. Don’t miss the powerful reading by North Carolina’s first African-American Poet Laureate and Award-winning poet and Human Rights advocate, Carolyn Forché. Thank you, Explore ASHEVILLE for making it possible.

FLAT IRON WRITERS ROOM generously sponsors Asheville Wordfest. Learn about this educational and creative network of teachers and writers here.

WORD Storytelling is produced by David Joe Miller who tirelessly produces monthly (sometimes weekly)_ top-quality workshops, presentations, and performances by our nation’s best storytellers, many of whom live here in the Appalachians. Learn more about storytelling events happening here.