In this month’s poetry feature, we speak with Michael Hettich about the way poetry connects readers to the living and the dead, the art forms ability to capture the unsayable and the influential and metaphorical power nature plays in his work.
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Around Town: Burlesque festival returns to Asheville
The three-day gathering reconvenes for the first time since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic at The Grey Eagle from Friday, Aug. 19-Sunday, Aug. 21. Plus: Tyger Tyger Gallery opens in the RAD; local poet Diamond Forde is a finalist for national fellowship; and more!
Around Town: Historic Asheville inn invites writers to interpret history
The Gray Rock Inn Writers Project calls on local authors to contribute fiction and nonfiction pieces. Also: Dark City Poets Society celebrates one-year anniversary of Poetry Night; LEAF Down By the River celebrates youth performers; and more!
Local poet Anne Maren-Hogan discusses the influence of community on her writing
Xpress speaks with the award-winning poet, Anne Maren-Hogan, about the people and places that inspired the poems in her latest collection, “Vernacular.”
Celebrating Poetry Month with Mildred Barya
“Poetry is the language of the soul,” says local poet Mildred Barya. “Before I knew what life was, before I knew what writing was, there was poetry.”
Carl Sandburg Writer-in-Residence Tony Robles creates through COVID-19
Instead of writing in an academic or erudite style, “for me, the onus is to produce work that will resonate” with those in his community, Robles says.
Local poet Andrew K. Clark launches his debut collection
The event at Malaprop’s on Jan. 12 also includes readings from Eric Nelson, Meagan Smith Lucas and Benjamin Cutlers.
Smart bets: Jericho Brown
The poet reads from his latest collection, which is a finalist for the National Book Award, at UNC Asheville on Thursday, Nov. 14.
Poets and visual artists collaborate in Pink Dog Creative’s latest exhibit
On May 10, the exhibit In Times Like These will open at Pink Dog Creative. Immigration, greed, race, religion and the presidency of Donald Trump are among the topics explored on the page and captured on the canvas.
Poet Jodie Hollander leads a workshop and gives a reading in Asheville
The Colorado-based writer will present her Ekphrastic Poetry Workshop at the Refinery Creator Space on Sunday, March 17.
Nickole Brown, Jessica Jacobs and Melissa Crowe launch poetry collections
“If I can write something that creates that kind of connection, it’s not just me navel-gazing,” says Brown.
Poet Erin Fornoff releases video for “Home”
The work, filmed between Harold’s Cross and airports in Dublin, New York, Charlotte, and finally at Fornoff’s child hood home in Asheville, North Carolina, contrasts the excitement of going home with the mixed melancholy of returning.
Jaye Bartell recounts one of Asheville’s literary eras at BMCM+AC
Bartell will present Later: Readings from then and now, as the final BMCM+AC program at its 56 Broadway space.
Open mics in and around Asheville
There’s typically a time limit for each presenter, and some open mics have a theme or a host to usher the evening along, but what happens in front of the microphone is, truly, wide open to possibility.
Poet Reginald Dwayne Betts on words, incarceration and his commencement address
Betts, who completed his MFA in 2010, will return to Warren Wilson on Saturday, May 19, to give the commencement address to the school’s undergraduate class.
Spoken-word artist Andrea Gibson returns to Asheville with a book and an album
On their current tour, Gibson is donating $1 from each ticket to Black Lives Matter. “This is an art form that is celebrated and occupied by a lot of marginalized people, specifically folks of color,” Gibson says of spoken-word.
Submissions are being accepted for the 2018 Xpress poetry contest
Poets are asked to submit work around the themes of sustainability, environmental awareness and/or reverence for nature.
Never too late to create
Lifelong learning is OLLI’s primary goal. But its executive director, Catherine Frank, says the organization also aims to push back against ageism and the stereotypes it creates.
Asheville Wordfest returns following last year’s hiatus
On Tuesday, April 18, Asheville Wordfest returns. The six-day series will feature over 25 local wordsmiths, sharing their works at venues throughout downtown Asheville.
Poetry workshop and reading by Jaki Shelton Green, March 25
Green leads a free poetry workshop for teens at the Burton Street Community Street Center from 1-3 p.m.
Smart bets: Cosmic Happy Slam!
Sponsoring organization Odyssey Community School hosts the three-round literary throw-down, which benefits charities of the winners’ choosing, on Saturday, Dec. 5, from 7-9:30 p.m.