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Festival Schedule

Note: All events are free and open to the public. All but one event takes place in the UC Theater on the third floor of the A. K. Hinds University Center at Western Carolina University. Lee Smith's reading on Wednesday, April 6 will take place in the Coulter Recital Hall on the WCU Campus.

Monday, April 4, 2016

12 p.m. Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poets Series featuring Brent Martin and student poets (UC Theater)
4 p.m.

Nonfiction writer Catherine Reid (UC Theater)

(Sarah Kennedy was scheduled to read during this time but had to cancel her appearance.)

7:30 p.m. Poet Major Jackson (UC Theater)

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

12 p.m. Poets Lauren K. Alleyne & Denton Loving (UC Theater)
4 p.m. Fiction & nonfiction writer Bret Anthony Johnston (UC Theater)
7:30 p.m. Poet, fiction, and nonfiction writer Judith Ortiz Cofer (UC Theater)

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

4 p.m. Poets Darnell Arnoult & Jane Hicks (UC Theater)
7:30 p.m. Fiction & nonfiction writer Lee Smith (Coulter Recital Hall)

Thursday, April 7, 2016


Trio: The Chord Struck Between Words, Vision, and Sound

(The Trio exhibit cannot be moved to campus but can still be seen at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva, NC.)

4 p.m.

Fiction writer and poet Ron Rash (UC Theater)

(Robert Gipe was scheduled to read during this time but had to cancel due to a family emergency.)

7:30 p.m. Nonfiction writer Rick Bragg (UC Theater)