Smart bets: Asheville Poetry Review 20th anniversary edition

Last year marked the china/platinum/emerald anniversary for local literary publication Asheville Poetry Review. In 1994, editor Keith Flynn had recently moved back to Western North Carolina from New York City, “and I landed right in the middle of this incredible literary and artistic renaissance that was taking place in Asheville.” He spoke with local artists about starting a journal: “I was originally going to call it The Wedge and make it square and pocket-sized.” This is from an essay in Best of Asheville Poetry Review, 20th Anniversary Issue, which is 436 pages long and includes work from over 140 poets. “In the last 20 years, we have published almost 1,700 writers from 22 different countries. Quite a ride,” Flynn tells Xpress. The anniversary edition launches at Malaprop’s on Friday, March 13, at 7 p.m. Flynn and contributors Charlotte Pence, Catherine Carter and Luke Hankins will read at the free event. Image courtesy of Asheville Poetry Review

About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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