Asheville can trace its literary tradition back to Thomas Wolfe, and the coffee shops and bookstores still support a vibrant scene. This week, Asheville WordFest 2008 carries the torch with three days of poetry events in Black Mountain, Downtown Asheville and the University of North Carolina-Asheville.
Among the highlights will be a focus on the legacy of the Black Mountain College, an experimental learning institution that helped spawn Beat poetry and many avant-garde art movements.
Here's a partial list of events from the official website:
GLENIS REDMOND‚ ALLAN WOLF‚ JIM NAVE‚ LAURA HOPE-GILL
Re-Opening the Green Door: a Retrospective of the 1990's Performance Poetry Scene
Friday April 25 10:00 pm Malaprops Bookstore/café corner of Walnut and Haywood St.
COLEMAN BARKS WITH ELIOT WADOPIAN
Saturday April 26 2:00 pm The Fine Arts Theater 36 Biltmore Avenue
Saturday April 26 10:00 pm Bobo Gallery on Lexington Avenue
FLOOD GALLERY READING: GLENIS REDMOND‚ SEBASTIAN MATTHEWS‚ LAURA HOPE-GILL‚ JEFF DAVIS‚ and MARK PRUDOWSKY
Sunday April 27 12:00 noon. 109 Roberts St. at corner of Clingman and Roberts by the river.