Smart Bets: Alida Woods

As its title suggests, Disturbing Borders, the latest collection of poems from Asheville-based author Alida Woods, deals with boundaries both literal and figurative that separate society. In the words of fellow poet Eric Nelson, “While these borders — between landscapes, cultures, families and individuals — are disturbing, in these finely crafted poems they are also disturbed, if not erased entirely, by empathy, compassion and familial love.” A lifelong educator and former principal of Isaac Dickson Elementary School, Woods will read from her new book at Malaprop’s on Sunday, May 6, at 3 p.m. as part of Poetrio, the bookstore’s monthly celebration of poetry. Fellow North Carolinians Holly Iglesias (Sleeping Things) and Ross White (The Polite Society) will also read from their recently published works. Free to attend. Author photo courtesy of Woods.


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About Edwin Arnaudin
Edwin Arnaudin is a staff writer for Mountain Xpress. He also reviews films for and is a member of the Southeastern Film Critics Association (SEFCA) and North Carolina Film Critics Association (NCFCA). Follow me @EdwinArnaudin

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