Music and poetry at Nightbell, June 29

From a press release:

Music and poetry at Nightbell, June 29

Please join us for a night of music and poetry at one of Asheville’s coolest new venues, Nightbell! Come hear performances by Chelsea LaBate of Ten Cent Orchestra and poets Melissa Crowe, Luke Hankins, and Leah Umansky in the setting of Nightbell’s zany modern decor, with exceptionally creative cocktail list and small plate menu by Chef Katie Button.

Sunday, June 29, 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Free and open to the public (all ages).

Full bar, cocktail list, and small plate menu.

Books and CDs available for purchase (cash or check only).

Enjoy the performances, and stay afterward to socialize and enjoy the distinctive Nightbell atmosphere!


Chelsea LaBate is a singer/songwriter based in Asheville, NC, who often performs with backing musicians as Ten Cent Orchestra. She has released several albums, most recently Picking Through the Pawn Shop. She has been awarded 1st place in the Eddie’s Attic Competition (other winners include John Mayer, The Indigo Girls, and Shawn Mullins), 1st place in the Songwriter’s Brown Bag Competition, 2nd place in the Flat Rock Song Writer’s Competition, has received the Songwriter’s Association of America Song of the Year Award, and was a top finalist in the Williamsburg Live Songwriter Competition in Brooklyn.


Melissa Crowe is the author of two poetry chapbooks, Cirque du Crève-Cœur: Prose Poems (Dancing Girl Press, 2008) and Girl, Giant (Finishing Line Press, 2014). She is an editor at Beloit Poetry Journal.

Luke Hankins is the author of a collection of poems, Weak Devotions, and the editor of Poems of Devotion: An Anthology of Recent Poets (both from Wipf & Stock). His chapbook of translations of French poems by Stella Vinitchi Radulescu, I Was Afraid of Vowels…Their Paleness, was published by Q Avenue Press in 2011. He serves as Senior Editor at Asheville Poetry Review, a national literary magazine based in Asheville, NC.

Leah Umansky is the author of the Mad-Men inspired chapbook Don Dreams and I Dream (Kattywompus Press, 2014) and the full-length collection Domestic Uncertainties (BlazeVOX, 2013). Her poems on such pop culture subjects as Game of Thrones and Mad-Men have appeared in POETRY, The Poetry Review, Barrow Street, and The Brooklyn Rail, among other places. Her “Game of Thrones” poems are currently being translated into Norwegian.

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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