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.
Each week, Xpress highlights notable WNC crowdsourcing initiatives that may inspire readers to become new faces in the crowd. This week features the second edition of Appalachian Trail-inspired board game Thru Hike plus nonprofit literary press Orison Books’ fundraising efforts for three new spiritually-inclined books.
The final installment of this season’s West End Reading Series is set for Saturday, June 13, at 7 p.m. The prose and poetry readings are held (and the event’s name hints) at the West End Bakery and feature storyteller David Novak, poets Katherine Soniat and Luke Hankins and series hostess and curator Lockie Hunter.
The anniversary edition launches at Malaprop’s on Friday, March 13, at 7 p.m. The publication’s editor and contributors will read at the free event.
On March 3, the first book from new publishing house, Orison Books — “a nonprofit literary press that focuses on work that engages the life of the spirit — goes on sale. The first work is I Scrape the Window of Nothingness from poet Stella Vinitchi Radulescu.
In this edition of Local Matters—the Xpress weekly news podcast—reporters Jake Frankel and Christopher George discuss the growing controversy over the redistricting of WNC, the possible hate-crime assault on Luke Hankins and the arrest of local musician Juan Holladay.