For this year’s Xpress Poetry Contest, writers were tasked with creating an ode (or a haiku or a ballad or a quatrain, etc.) to the Western North Carolina environment.
Nick Lowe, Victor Wooten, Bob Boilen and Fantastic Negrito are among the performers and presenters for the festival’s second edition.
“If I could have any superpower, it would be Super Intelligence. This is the ability to know everything, even the secrets of the universe that the average human mind couldn’t even comprehend.”
In Part II of Xpress’ annual Kids Issues, we present even more superpowered art and writing from area students — plus extensive listings for area summer camps, along with a plethora of other kid-focused content.
Now in its 17th iteration, the three-day event also brings poets A Van Jordan and Ricardo Nazario y Colón, novelists Marilynne Robinson and Silas House, nonfiction authors Cristina Henriquez and Laurie Jean Cannady, creative nonfiction writer Jason Howard and others to Cullowhee, Thursday, March 21-Thursday, March 28.
“Life chose me by a golden chance to have superpowers for just 24 hours, and I used them to revive our planet.”
The Colorado-based writer will present her Ekphrastic Poetry Workshop at the Refinery Creator Space on Sunday, March 17.
For this year’s Kids Issues, we asked local K-12 students to submit art and writing around the question: “What would you do if you had superpowers for a day?”
The Asheville-based poet presents his latest collection on March 16 at Malaprop’s.
The 2019 Appalachian Studies Association conference returns to Asheville after 27 years. The annual gathering brings together an eclectic mix of scholars, educators, activists, students, groups and institutions to discuss and present on a wide range of topics related to life in the region.
The tracks on the CD comes from the recording of a live show Regan-Blake gave at Black Mountain Center for the Arts in 2017. The stories are a mix of traditional folk tales and personal stories, and they’re suitable for all ages.
The commemoration, now in its fourth year, remembers the Jazz Age luminary with a weeklong roster of events.
The Austin, Tex.-based singer-songwriter will perform new material and discuss his artistic process with Wiley Cash at UNC Asheville on March 5.
Along with theatrical productions, the event space offers murder mystery dinners, programming for children, a Malaprop’s book store pop-up, the Artful Cup Coffee Bar and more.
“I don’t want to become Odysseus stuck on an island and say, ‘That was my music — the music of my high school years.’ There’s so much great music in every era. Why not be open to it? As a musician, I think you continually have to grow.”
On Tuesday, Feb. 19, author Crystal Hana Kim will read from and discuss her debut novel If You Leave Me as part of UNC Asheville’s Visiting Writers Series.
Local poet, performer and event curator Justin Blackburn Blackburn is the co-creator of the Humansandpoetry collective and its event arm, the Asheville Biscuit Head Slam Poetry Series.
“If I can write something that creates that kind of connection, it’s not just me navel-gazing,” says Brown.
The Russian translator presents her literary debut in conversation with Elizabeth Kostova at Malaprop’s on Feb. 12.
What would you do if you had superpowers for a day? Xpress wants to know! Submit student art, essays and poems by this Friday, Feb. 8, to be considered for the 2019 Kids Issues.
“My greater goal was to give people access. To help people communicate,” says Dee James. Listening to other people’s stories promotes empathy and connection, she explains, helping us to understand parts of ourselves.