Asheville’s most famous writing student, actor James Franco, was commissioned by Yahoo! News to write a poem about the inauguration of President Barack Obama, taking place today, Jan. 21, in Washington D.C. It focuses on the history of Asheville and its most well known visitors, including Obama.
In this, the second installment in a two-part story on the much-loved local used bookstore, we learn about rare and crazy book finds, music events and the story behind the “Drink. Smoke. Read.” slogan.
Local poet Barbie Angell launches her new book of “poems for children and the child-like,” with a Sunday, Sept. 30 event at Altamont Theatre. There’s a 6 p.m. set for children and a 7 p.m. set for everyone. David Earl also performs.
What do you get when you cast a world-class artist, a devoted environmentalist, and a poet laureate together on one stage? Answer: a very fine alchemy, where art, science, and education merge, and — if the featured guests have their way — the results may provoke social transformation.
Poet Ekere Tallie is not afraid of sensitive topics, from her family’s experiences in the Jim Crow South to her life as an African American in a post-September 11 age.
Poets Daniel Ladinsky and Tracey Schmidt will read at Malaprop’s on Saturday, Feb. 18. World musician Chris Rosser adds accompaniment. Because the event sold out, a second reading has been added for Sunday, Feb. 19.
If your New Year’s resolution was to read more, or at least spend more time in the vicinity of books, here’s a good start. An author event, a book signing, and the return of The Flood Reading Series to Posana.
On hand at the Sept. 23 launch in Sylva: Authors Barbara Duncan, Brent Martin, Thomas Rain Crowe, Charles Frazier, Wayne Caldwell, Keith Flynn, George Ellison and Jon Lane, plus artist Robert Johnson.
Mr. Whipple is coming to Montford Books and More. Does that mean you can’t squeeze the Charmin? (Let’s hope not.) We’re talking about Mr. Lee Whipple, of course, the local author and singer with a penchant for Grunge-era angst enclosed in the streaked Chrysanthemum-burst aurora of intergalactic travel. Don’t squeeze the nebulae.
The Mountain Xpress Poetry Bash will close out Saturday’s events, with beer, music and a reading from poet Brian Sneeden, winner of the 2011 Mountain Xpress poetry contest.
Asheville-based poet Julian Vorus reads “Poetica Violencia” in the Glen Rock Hotel in the River Arts District. This video is part of the Poetry Xpress video series, highlighting the works of local poets for National Poetry Month.
Word Slam’s upcoming contest for middle and high school students spotlights beats and rhymes at the Altamont Theater on April 30.
Asheville-based poet Chall Gray reads “Car Commercial Sketch #4” on the rooftop level of the Rankin Parking Deck.
An attentive crowd turned out Friday night for the finalists of the 2011 Mountain Xpress poetry prize. Rooftop poet and Asheville Vaudevillian Brian Sneeden claimed the top honor. Asheville Poetry Review’s Keith Flynn did the final judging.
Asheville-based poet Brian Sneeden reads “Charioteer” from the roof of the Battery Park Apartments.
Local entertainers are creating a space where community dialogue meets music, poetry and performance art. The objective? To raise awareness of the potential impact of nuclear waste on our area.
Asheville-based poet and performance artist Daniel Elliot Ness performs his work “Polemic Poetics Poverty Verses À La Carte Ice Famine” at Pritchard Park in downtown Asheville.
The top 10 poets have been named. The overall winner will be announced at the Mountain Xpress Poetry Show, at the Masonic Temple on Friday, April 8.
In 2001, local poet, playwright, teacher and activist Christine Lassiter died from cancer. Ten years after her death, the community she helped to form held a memorial reading of her poetry at Malaprop’s, featuring a who’s who of Asheville poets and performers. Xpress presents a few videos from that event.
Western North Carolina has long history as a mecca for the written word. From Thomas Wolfe to Wilma Dykeman, O. Henry to Charles Frazier, our mountains have been home to a diverse group of esteemed authors, many of them poets. Is it coincidence that the last three poets laureate of North Carolina — Fred Chappell, Katherine Stripling Byer and Cathy Smith Bowers — are from the mountains? And we know there are more poets in these hills.
The poet, awarded for her 2006 book Native Guard, will read at Posana Café at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 29