Sponsors and Giving

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In order to bring poets, we rely on community support. In order to have spaces in which to house the festival and our guests, we also need community support. Here is Wordfest’s community of support for 2017.

You can give a non-tax-deductible gift at Wordfest’s Go Fund Me page.

Also, you can contact Laura Hope-Gill through the contact page for more details and tax deduction info.

2017 WORDFEST SPONSORS

SANFORD HEISLER PLAINTIFF’S CIVIL RIGHTS ATTORNEYS: POET SPONSORSHIP

It is a great pleasure to engage community in creating a festival. This year, Quraysh Ali Lansana’s presence is made possible by a gift from Stanford Heisler Civil Rights Attorneys in Asheville North Carolina. Stefanie Roemer, a long-time Wordfest enthusiast gathered the energies of her co-workers to raise $2000. Visit the Stanford Heisler Civil Rights Attorneys website. Thank you, Stefanie and associates for bringing Wordfest the powerful and insightful poetry and teachings of Quraysh Ali Lansana.

LENOIR-RHYNE UNIVERSITY: PUBLICITY PARTNERSHIP, LOCATION FOR WORKSHOPS

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Lenoir-Rhyne University Asheville provides marketing support and is also the location for Saturday and Sunday’s day-time presentation.  Thank you, Lenoir-Rhyne for your support of Asheville Wordfest 2017. Marketing support and space are at a premium for small, independent festivals. Thank you for this kindness. Visit Lenoir-Rhyne Asheville’s website.

TZEDEK SOCIAL JUSTICE INTERNSHIP AND THE AMY MANDEL AND KATINA RODIUS FUND

The Amy Mandel and Katina Rodis Fund (AMKRF) has been supporting and promoting the social justice work of leading progressive organizations since 1980. AMKRF supports efforts that address systemic change with regards to policy, legal, and cultural reform.

Vision

We envision a world of equity and full human rights for all people. The Amy Mandel and Katina Rodis Fund supports social justice work that advances LGBTQ rights, forwards racial justice, and combats anti-Semitism on a global, national, and local scale. Grants are awarded to organizations, programs, and campaigns that align with one or more of the following priorities:

  • An intersectional approach to race and ethnicity, gender, sexuality, faith, and class.
  • Best practices for combating anti-Semitism, dismantling structural racism, and attaining full equity for LGBTQ people.
  • Capacity building and leadership training opportunities to strengthen nonprofit operations, and the leadership of youth, young adults, and movement builders.
  • People of Color-led organizations and initiatives engaged in LGBTQ rights and other social justice work.
  • Progressive Jewish and other ally organizations that prioritize LGBTQ issues, racial and economic justice, dismantling structural racism, combatting anti-Semitism, and other social justice issues.
  • Strategic collaboration with other funders and organizations to help build a stronger, better-leveraged, and expansive LGBTQ equality movement in the Southern U.S.
  • Advancement of global human rights and equality for LGBTQ people worldwide.
  • Organizations that enhance the quality of life for our local community in Asheville, North Carolina.

In 2012, the AMKRF founded The Tzedek Social Justice Fellowship. The Amy Mandel and Katina Rodis Fund is based in Asheville, North Carolina.

HOTEL INDIGO: HOSPITALITY PARTNER

For ten years, Hotel Indigo has served as Wordfest’s lodging partner. The beautiful, pet-friendly hotel with excellent locally sourced restaurant fare and beverages has provided us with performance space and late nights of laughter and conversation, as well as comfortable beds for dreaming up new poems. Thank you, Susan Newton and staff for being a part of the Wordfest story. Visit the Hotel Indigo Asheville website.

BLOCK OFF BILTMORE: SPACE AND HOSPITALITY

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An intimate, sonically extraordinary and community-minded home for Asheville Wordfest’s tenth festival, The Block Off Biltmore continues to fulfill its mission of social justice and high-quality conversation and content. Thank you, Cam and team, for being a part of Wordfest. Visit Block off Biltmore website.