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Once again, Asheville Wordfest presents a place of poiesis--creativity and meaning. Very much at the heart lies the concept of Gift. Creativity is a gift. Community is a gift. Listening is a gift (the festival director is deaf so understands that listening has very little to do with decibels). Being present is a gift. Often there's a catch to a gift so here it is: this is what Asheville Wordfest asks of you: Just come to events and workshops. Learn and feel and be part of the community.

The festival is pretty much free. There's a charge for the LaZoom Poetry Tour and Dinner with the Poet Laureate (because when you're giving away a festival, it's hard to include the food). Everything else is free or by donation. This is because Wordfest has kind supporters and a genuine belief that people will give what they can when invited to do so. Please give what you can. All funds go to the Wordfest Faculty and our beloved poet laureate, Jaki Shelton Green.

A little thought behind this so you know the director hasn't entirely lost her mind. William Carlos Williams says in his essays of 1939 that "poetry is a rival government." Not talking about molotov cocktails or riots in the street, Williams is pointing to poetry's option of a language free of domination. In another golden thread of modernist thought, Lewis Hyde writes that poetry offers an alternative economics, one based not on supply-and-demand but on gifts--the sharing of them, the use of them, the nature of them. Mysterious concepts these, and both lie at Wordfest's heart. For this weekend, let's give and be open to receiving gifts. Let's see what happens.

Asheville's 12th Annual Literary Festival, Asheville Wordfest, welcomes North Carolina Poet Laureate, Jake Shelton Green. Wordfest is delighted to host North Carolina's Poet Laureate, particularly Jaki whose devotion to teaching and building the SisSTAR-hood runs as deep as the rivers rushing inside our mountains.

Our aim is to Heal the Soul of Appalachia with words this year, and even to Heal the Soul of the World. Sharon Oxendine, a Beloved Elder of the Lumbee Tribe and Wisdom Keeper, will lead a talk as a First Nations Woman. Byron Ballard, author and Village Witch, will lead a workshop and share lore of the land. Cara Hagan returns to Wordfest as both curator and presenter; she will be presenting a program at ReVolve on December 5 (details will be on the website) that will find its continuation in Wordfest. Cara will also engage our special guests, The Gaza Poetry Society, via Zoom. Marlisa Mills of Blue Lotus will guide us into the bravery of grief; Lisa Soledad Almaraz will guide us in a workshop; and John Evans will lead us through a transformative writing workshop. All of this plus poetry workshops and lessons in other genres facilitated by our 2019 Wordfest Faculty of artists, observers, and healers. Visit the website schedule to learn more about readings and song by Michael Hettich, Afrofuturist Darrell Stover, and more.

Painting: Demeter's Respite by Randy Siegel, RandySiegelArt.Com

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