I loved the poetry scattered throughout the classifieds [“Let Us Suddenly Proclaim Spring,” April 20 Xpress]. If it's not a permanent feature, it should be. Thanks for supplying my weekly lunchtime reading. — Terri Wells Asheville
An attentive crowd turned out Friday night for the finalists of the 2011 Mountain Xpress poetry prize. Rooftop poet and Asheville Vaudevillian Brian Sneeden claimed the top honor. Asheville Poetry Review’s Keith Flynn did the final judging.
In honor of spring, we’re bringing you stargazing and gardening, in addition to poetry, art, movies and more. While you’re here, check out Clubland for a complete schedule of weekend music.
Western North Carolina has long history as a mecca for the written word. From Thomas Wolfe to Wilma Dykeman, O. Henry to Charles Frazier, our mountains have been home to a diverse group of esteemed authors, many of them poets. Is it coincidence that the last three poets laureate of North Carolina — Fred Chappell, Katherine Stripling Byer and Cathy Smith Bowers — are from the mountains? And we know there are more poets in these hills.