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Asheville Wordfest 2015

Time: May 1, 2015 at 6pm to May 2, 2015 at 9pm
Location: Asheville Lenoir-Rhyne University
Street: 36 Montford Avenue
City/Town: Asheville
Website or Map: http://www.ashevillewordfest.…
Phone: 828-407-4268
Event Type: festival
Organized By: Laura Hope-Gill
Latest Activity: Apr 8, 2015

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Lenoir-Rhyne University presents Asheville Wordfest at its Asheville campus in downtown Asheville May 1 and 2. In its eighth year, Asheville Wordfest turns its eye on Asheville and invites community members to write about their city. Using the theme “The City Narrative / The Narrative City,” festival director and also director of the university's graduate writing program Thomas Wolfe Center for Narrative, Laura Hope-Gill, sees this Wordfest as a celebration of the many voices that make up a place. 


Hope-Gill, director of the Thomas Wolfe Center for Narrative at Lenoir-Rhyne, says, “The City Narrative is the story of Asheville and the land it stands on, from its Cherokee history to now. Each of us is a part of this story, and the mission of this year's Asheville Wordfest is to create spaces for people tell their part. “


Wordfest mainstage events will feature poets as well as “city narrators.” City narrators are people from town who will simply share a part of Asheville’s story. Narrators include historian and photographer Andrea Clark, architect Dave Nutter, writers Alli Marshall and Dale Neal, and community-builder Lana Phillips. Poets include Lenelle Moise of Haiti, Santiago Vizcaino of Ecuador, Nickole Brown, Adrian Rice, Charles Fort, Matthew Olzmann, Jessica Jacobs, Greg Brown, John Hoppenthaler, and Molly Rice.


In between the mainstage events, people will have the chance to write and share their own experiences in narrative sessions. For this Wordfest, Thomas Wolfe provides the inspiration.

A trained facilitator will read a passage from one of the city's early narrators, Thomas Wolfe. We'll discuss the passage in an informal, reflective way, then write our own narratives of Asheville life. Hope-Gill says, “People will then share what you've written in a safe, nonjudgmental space. Not a workshop, a narrative session is just a chance to share something.” 


Cost to attend: $25.00 for a full pass or $10/$5 for individual events. Reduced price is for students and anyone who need a bit of a break.



Wordfest Schedule-at-a-Glance


Friday at 7 p.m.

Narrator: Andrea Clark

Poets: Molly Rice, Santiago Vizcaino with translator Alexis Levitin


Saturday at 11 a.m.

Narrators: Alli Marshall 

Poets: Jessica Jacobs, John Hoppenthaler, Greg Brown


Narrative Sessions: 

12:30-2 p.m.

Topics: food, family, life and death, nature


Saturday at 2:30 p.m.

Narrator: Dave Nutter and Lana Phillips

Poets: Lenelle Moise and Adrian Rice


Narrative Sessions:

3-4:30 p.m.

Topics: Time, Architecture/Shelter, Sickness, Frienship and Love, Fun


4:30-6 p.m.

Topics: Travel, Energy, Adventure, Home


Saturday at 7 p.m.

Narrator: Dale Neal 

Poets: Nickole Brown, Charles Fort, Matthew Olzmann



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