Friday April 12

5:30-6:45 Community Screening of Nanette, Lenoir-Rhyne Asheville at 36 Montford Ave Boardroom

7:00 Storytelling Attic Salt 2002 Riverside Dr. Ticketed Event.


Saturday April 13

Lenoir-Rhyne Asheville at 36 Montford Ave

10-10:30 Coffee and Community in Boardroom


Byron Ballard: Mouth Like a Gravel Road

Darrell Stover: Afrofuturist Poetics

DeBorah Shelton Ogiste: Your Parable, Your Journey


12:30-2:30 Lenoir-Rhyne Asheville at 36 Montford Ave Boardroom

The Geopoeticss Appalachia Reading and Panel Discussion with Mildred Barya, Nickole Brown, Jessica Jacobs, and Michael Hettich


3-4:30 Lenoir-Rhyne Asheville at 36 Montford Ave

Sharon Oxendine: Invitation to All My Relations to Walk the Broken Beauty Trail

John Evans: Writing to Heal

Brandon Amico and Luke Hankins:  Life of the Spirit in our Moment in History

Michael Hettich: To Sing the World: An Exploration of Wild Mind in Organic Form Poetry



Black Mountain College Museum and Arts Center presents Mars Hill University and UNCA creative writing program students, hosted by Eric Steineger. Tickets at door only.


8:00 YMI Cultural Center

North Carolina Poet Laureate, Jaki Shelton Green with Midred K Barya.


Sunday April 14

10-10:30 Coffee and Community Lenoir-Rhyne Asheville at 36 Montford Ave


11-12:30 Lenoir-Rhyne Asheville at 36 Montford Ave

Marlisa Mills: Navigate Loss through Narrative Practice

Nickole Brown: Writing in the Age of Loneliness: Eco-Literature & the Writer’s Task

Kevin Evans: Passion and Intention

Phyllis Utley: Gullah-Geechi, Memory and Identity


1:00-2:15 Keynote Lenoir-Rhyne Asheville at 36 Montford Ave

Dr. Michael Newton, Scottish-Gaelic Scholar: Race, Whiteness, and the Celtic Myth of Appalachia


2:30-4 p.m.

Lisa Soledad Almaraz: Eartheart Alive, a Journey Honoring Nature and Ancestral Connections

Jessica Jacobs: Exploring Questions of Spirituality and Religion Through Poetry & CNF

Cara Forbes: Indigenous Futurism: Beyond Romanticism, Diving into the Modern World


4:30-6 p.m. Poetry and Story Around Town

4:30-6 p.m. An Asheville Trolley Poetry Ride departs from Visitors Center at 4:30 p.m.

4:30-6 p.m. Launch of Madelyn Edwards’ novel, Lilly, in the Lenoir-Rhyne Boardroom.

4:30-6 p.m. Battery Park Rooftop Poets, hosted by Barbara Gravelle


7 p.m. How We Listen: Dinner and Conversation with Laura Hope-Gill and Jaki Shelton Green  Lenoir-Rhyne Boardroom. Ticketed Event.