Press release from Lenoir-Rhyne University Center for Graduate Studies of Asheville:
WHAT: Movie screening and discussion of Hell’s Hot Breath: Galway Kinnell at Black Mountain College
WHEN: Wednesday December 28 at 7 p.m.
WHERE: The Block off Biltmore, 39 South Market Street, Asheville, NC 28801
WHY: Kinnell, an American poet who won a Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award for his work, attended Black Mountain College in the summer of 1947. The experience altered his worldview forever. Poet and historian Laura Hope-Gill is bringing the poet’s experience at Black Mountain to light in writing and film. Hell’s Hot Breath is a 15-minute documentary film that presents Kinnell’s transformation from student to witness in an environment that removed insulation from the realities of the world while shoring up his strength to speak out about them. Hope-Gill presents her insights into her research regarding the poet’s attendance at Black Mountain and the impact of the college’s educational models on social justice awakening. This interactive evening invites audience members to reflect on their own initiations into witness and social action.
ABOUT: Presented by the North Carolina Humanities Council in collaboration with The Thomas Wolfe Center for Narrative at Lenoir-Rhyne University in Asheville. Program is part of Pulitzer NC: The Power of Words, a multifaceted public program during 2016 that will connect Pulitzer Prize-winners and their work with audiences across the state, in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Prizes.