Wordfest GEOPOETICS Saturday April 14 Lenoir-Rhyne Asheville

Wordfest 2018 welcomes four poets–Joy Harjo, Sean Hill, Elizabeth Bradfield, and John Lane, whose work connects us to the earth and to one another, drawing on the senses to bind us to spirit, to ground. This Wordfest takes poetry to the mountain in its most vital of purposes, that of calling out to our own echoes in a world where so many have ceased to listen. We call on poetry to answer. We call on poetry to move us through to deeper knowing, deeper experience.


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Joy Harjo
Sean Hill
John Lane
John Lane
Elizabeth Bradfield


Rediscover the Earth, open a world.

–Kenneth White


Bardic energy connects people to planet like no other force. When we are moved by the beauty of the earth, every one of us becomes a poet. When we read poetry we see the natural world in a new way. With time and revisiting, this translates within us into walking on the earth in a new way.


Poetry is memory of a time before science and art were separated. It is memory of a time before we were encouraged to destroy more than we create. It is memory of a time when language sought to bind us rather than tear us apart.


This year, Asheville Wordfest embraces Geopoetics, an international, transdisciplinary conversation that unifies the sensibilities, aesthetic and scientific. This festival merges the two, often disparately cast, entities in a wholeness we all recognize—for we are both art and science, spirit and matter.


Asheville Wordfest is delighted to partner with Scottish Centre of Geopoetics in Luing, Scotland, to bring Geopoetics to Asheville and WNC. Let the conversation be rich, complex, daunting, inspiring, and beautiful.


Call for Papers and Workshops


Saturday of Wordfest will feature workshops, readings, panels, and papers in the classrooms at Lenoir-Rhyne Asheville. Submit your proposals by February 1, 2018. Please visit the webpage for Scottish Centre for Geopoetics and the International Institute for Geopoetics. Employ transdisciplinary practice in your exploration.  Poets, Artists, Scientists, Healers, Storytellers are all welcome to present. Email your proposals in the body of an email to laura.hopegill@lr.edu.





More details to come . . .