Quick-Look Schedule

Friday 5 p.m.: Launch of Alastair McIntosh’s Poacher’s Pilgrimage at Malaprops Bookstore/Café

8 p.m.:  Asheville Voices Reading at Lenoir-Rhyne Asheville 36 Montford

Saturday Listening Room LRX Room 218 Room 230 Room 232 Room 234
9-9:30 Registration        
9:30-11 Keynote        
11:15-12:30   Embody Your Artistry/Batista, Melody Rewilding the Soul-Lough Nature-the Ultimate Model, Strawderman Theatre/Poetry-Rice
12:45-2:00     Socializing the Nature Poem, Bradfield Writing Through Collapse, LeVasseur Honesty in Poetry, Jones
2:15-3:30   To Whom It May Concern, Sean Hill Native Wellsprings, Newton Framing, Nature and Sustainabilty, McDade Why is Poetry? Vázquez
3:45-5:00 Scotland, Slavery, Trump: Alastair McIntosh        
5:30-6:30 Emilia Philips        
8-10 Evening Reading        


Sunday Listening Room LRX Room 218 Room 230 Room 232 Room 234
9-10 Plenary        
10-11       Readings: Albergotti, Rice Numinous Encounter/Fred Bahnson
11:15-12:15   Climate Listening Project, Reggero Movies and Meaning, Morrell and Higgins    



1:30-2:45 Cara Hagan present LOAM at Folk Art Center on Blue Ridge Parkway

3:00-4:15 Norman Bissell presents Geopoetics of Haiku Walking at Folk Art Center


Asheville Wordfest 2018


APRIL 12- 15, 2018

Thursday, April 12:

Joy Harjo at UNC-A Lipinsky Auditorium at 7-8:30 p.m. For more info.


Friday, April 13:

Launch of Alastair McIntosh’s U.S. publication of Poacher’s Pilgrimage. Malaprops Bookstore/Café 5 p.m.


Friday, April 13: At Lenoir-Rhyne Asheville at 36 Montford Avenue

Evening Reading at 8 p.m.Melody, DanMichael Batista,Rachel Lee Campbell, Elizabeth Meade,Devin Jones, José  Vásquez,amieson Ridenhour, andMildred Barya.


Saturday, April 14: Workshops and Keynotes from 10 am. til 5 p.m. at Lenoir-Rhyne Asheville at 36 Montford Avenue. See schedule page for details..


9:30-11:00: Listening Room

Keynote with Norman Bissell, Director of Scottish Centre for Geopoetics, and Alastair McIntosh, Spiritual Activist, Author of Poacher’s Pilgrimage and Soul and Soil: People vs. Corporate Power.



“ReWilding the Soul Through Poetry” Presented by Mary Ellen Lough, Wildcrafter and Poet, Poetic Medicine Practitoner. Room 230


**Young People’s Event: Theatre and Poetry for Middle Schoolers with Molly Rice** Room 234

“Embody Your Artistry” presented by DanMichael Batista and Melody Room 218

Nature, The Ultimate Model: Perspectives in Sustainability” presented by Amanda Strawderman, Candidate for M.S. in Sustainability Studies. Room 232



“Writing through Collapse: The power of place and insanity of Hope” Presented by Todd LeVasseur, College of Charleston Visiting Assistant Professor, Religious Studies and Environmental and Sustainability Studies, Director, Sustainability Literacy Institute. Room 232


“Socializing the Nature Poem” Presented by Elizabeth Bradfield, Naturalist, Explorer, Poet. Room 230.


“Honesty in Poetry” with Devin Jones, Slam Champion. Room 234.




“What is Poetry and Why Poetry Is? “(Our perspectives) Presented by José Vázquez, poet, and educator. Room 234


“Native Well-Springs of Creativity in the Scottish Highlands: Faery, Goddesses, the Land Itself” Presented by Gaelic Scholar and Highland Historian, Michael Newton with Alastair McIntosh. Room 230.

Framing, Nature, and Sustainability: A Workshop on Words and the Ideas they Evoke”
Presented by Dr. Keith McDade, Associate Professor of Sustainability Studies Co-Director, Reese Institute for Conservation of Natural Resources Program Director, MS in Sustainability Studies Lenoir-Rhyne University Center for Graduate Studies of Asheville. Room 232.

“To Whom It May Concern on Earth: Eco-Epistolary Poems,” a workshop on writing the epistolary poem to discover shift and understanding, with Sean Hill, poet, essayist. Room 218.



“Scotland, Slavery and the Isle of Donald Trump” – Alastair  McIntosh, Spiritual Activist and Global Educator on Human Ecology, University of Glasgow, University of Edinburgh. Listening Room.


5:30-6:30 at Lenoir-Rhyne Asheville Listening Room: FLAT IRON WRITERS presents Emilia Phillips in the Listening Room.


8:00-10:00 p.m. at Lenoir-Rhyne Asheville Listening Room: Joy Harjo, Elizabeth Bradfield, Sean Hill, and John Lane. Listening Room.



9-10 a.m. Gathering and Plenary Session. Everybody welcome. Set your intentions for creativity and earth-dwelling for the year, for a place for Geopoetics in our cultural life. Listening Room.


10-11 a.m.

Dan Albergotti reads from his new collection Millenial Teeth, and Adrian Rice will read from his New and Selected Poems from Press 53. Room 232.


“The Numinous Encounter: Writing about God & Nature ” Fred Bahnson, Wake Forest University School of Divinity; Director of Food, Health, and Ecological Well-Being Department, presents Soil and Sacrament. Room 234.



Jasmin Pitman Morrell and Garreth Higgins present a preview and the story of Movies and Meaning Festival that will take place in Asheville April 26-28 at Diana Wortham Theatre. Room 230.


Dayna Reggero presents The Climate Listening Project. Room 218.


1:30-2:45 at Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Cara Hagan, Professor of Dance and Expressive Arts at Appalachian State University, presents installation and new work, LOAM, “an experience of movement and sound exploring the relationship between the human body and soil.” Folk Art Center.



The Geopoetics of Haiku Walking presented by Norman Bissell, Director of the Scottish Centre for Geopoetics. Folk Art Center.


Conclusion of this year’s adventure with a wander off into the woods.



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