Smart Bets: Poetry Reading at BMCM+AC

Asheville is in a long-term relationship with poetry, from the verses of Thomas Wolfe and the raucous ’90s-era poetry slam days, to the work of LEAF in Schools & Streets and the Juniper Bends reading series. The Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center carries on the tradition (as well as the legacy of Black Mountain College poets like Charles Olsen and Robert Duncan) with an evening of readings. Five Asheville poets will present their work: Caleb Beissert (pictured) produces the monthly reading series “Poetry at the Altamont”; Landon Godfrey was selected for the 2009 Cider Press Review Book Award; Beth Keefauver has taught creative writing at a number of local universities; Griffin Payne is the founder and artistic director of the Ariadne Theater Project; and Eric Steineger is the senior poetry editor for The Citron Review. Thursday, Dec. 12, at 7:30 p.m. $5/$7. blackmountaincollege.org.

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