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.
“I came back to the Southeast and suddenly my eyes were open to the native people around me, because I’d lived on a reservation and lived out west where there were so many different nations around us,” Kirstin Squint says.
The Philadelphia-based author reads from his newest collection on Jan. 24 at Malaprop’s.
Six poets and prose writers — Christine Hale, Luke Hankins, Mackenzie Kozak, Thoreau Lovell, Mark MacNamara and former North Carolina Poet Laureate Shelby Stephenson — will kick off the first event of what will continue as a quarterly series.
What would you do if you had superpowers for a day? Xpress wants to know! Submit student art, essays and poems by Feb. 8 to be considered for the 2019 Kids Issues.
Set to launch in March, the organization’s three-room West Asheville co-working space will accommodate up to 12 writers at a time. Along with desk space, free Wi-Fi and limitless coffee, membership will also include discounts on future workshops.
Bryan Robinson, a licensed psychotherapist and professor emeritus at UNC Charlotte, wrote #Chill to leverage his expertise on work addiction for a broader audience. “[The book is] not just for workaholics by any means; it’s [about] how all of us can chill, take the time to take care of ourselves and pay attention to the knee-jerk reactions that we make,” he says.
Inspired by “Emily Dickinson’s Patreon” by Riane Konc in The New Yorker, Xpress dreamed up for arts-related Kickstarter projects (led by local and international personalities) that would surely be worth funding — if only for the choice perks.
UPDATE: According to the Carl Sandburg Home website, “Due to the government shutdown, Perspectives: The Sandburg Story Slam has been cancelled and will not be held on January 13. There is no date to reschedule at this time.”
Costumes and comic books Batman: 2018 was a big year for geek culture in Asheville.
The work, filmed between Harold’s Cross and airports in Dublin, New York, Charlotte, and finally at Fornoff’s child hood home in Asheville, North Carolina, contrasts the excitement of going home with the mixed melancholy of returning.
“People are saying their deepest fears, people are challenging the system … but at the same time they’re also getting scored,” says Justin Blackburn. “Not only is it this empowering performance, [but it’s also] a game.”
Each year, Xpress publishes the thoughtful, vibrant and engaging creative work of Western North Carolina K-12 students, along with listings of local and regional summer camps. The 2019 theme is “24-hour Superpowers” and the submission deadline is Friday, Feb. 8.
The Thursday, Dec. 15 performance, featuring Roy Harris and Kathy Gordon, will center on holiday-themed tales.
The North Carolina native shares her political satire graphic novel Dec. 1 at Firestorm Books & Coffee.
Isis Music Hall will be the setting for the Asheville circle, featuring Amanda Anne Platt, Tyler Ramsey, Shannon Whitworth and several others including Pat “Mother Blues” Cohen.
The author discusses her new novel “Unsheltered,” adapting her work for the screen and her enduring love of Asheville.