• Saturday, Mar. 1 Six local poets present their work at the Asheville Area Arts Council. Feminist poet Barbara Gravelle, poet and Asheville Wordfest Media Outreach Project executive director Laura Hope-Gill, writer and photographer Jennifer Callahan, writer Jessica Newton, freelance writer and editor Jess Clarke and poet Audrey Hope Rinehart round out the all-women poetry reading. 8 p.m., free. Info: 58-0710.
• Attention authors: The Jean Ritchie Fellowship in Appalachian Writing is now accepting submissions through Tuesday, Apr. 1, 2008. Send the $5 fee (make your check out to made out to LMU Jean Ritchie Fellowship) along with no more than 10 pages of poetry or no more than 20 pages of fiction or nonfiction, a one-page cover letter and two-page statement of purpose answering the following questions: What does Appalachia mean to you? What does writing mean to you? What is your current writing project? How would you utilize the fellowship funding? The award is $1,500. Mail to: Jean Ritchie Fellowship, c/o Silas House, Lincoln Memorial University, PO Box 2005, Harrogate Tennessee, 37752. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org or (423) 869-6432.
• Coming to Malaprop’s:
— Saturday, Mar. 1 at 7 p.m.: Kailash, aka Kurt Bruder, reads from his book, Following Sound Into Silence: Chanting Your Way Beyond Ego Into Bliss.
— Sunday, Mar. 2 at 3 p.m.: Poetrio with members of the Women on Words poetry workshop.
— Monday, Mar. 3 at 5:30pm: Bridging Differences Bookclub and host Patti Digh discuss Nine Parts of Desire: The Hidden World of Islamic Women by Geraldine Brooks.