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About the Spring Literary Festival

The Spring Literary Festival reflects Western's commitment to providing the best humanities education possible to its students and to bringing the best of the arts to the mountains. The festival grew out of Western Carolina University's Visiting Writers Series, the oldest such series in North Carolina, and has a long tradition of bringing the best of both established and emerging literary talent to the mountains of Western North Carolina. While the area has a rich literary heritage all its own, the festival seeks to secure that heritage's place on the nation's literary stage by bringing local and national writers together.

Over the years, the series has hosted such distinguished local writers as Fred Chappell, Lee Smith, Ron Rash, Kathryn Stripling Byer, and Robert Morgan; well-known American writers Li-Young Lee, Thomas Lux, Linda Hogan, Carolyn Chute, Leslie Silko, Ntozake Shange, Karen Shepard, Luis Rodriguez, Maxine Kumin, Sherman Alexie, and Clifton Taulbert; and internationally renowned authors like Eavan Boland, Mirosalv Holub, and Welsh poets Menna Elfyn, Iwan Llwydd, and Nigel Jenkins.

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