“Ginseng Rising” by Rhea Ormond


To see this year’s schedule, click HERE


2018 Authors

Kane Smego– Thursday, September 6 at 7:00 p.m., Town Center
National Poetry Slam Finalist, Spoken Word Poet, Hip Hop Artist

Banquet with Michael W. Twitty– Friday September 7 at 7:00 p.m., Town Center
2018 James Beard Award Winner-Best Food Writer & Best Book ($35 BYOB)


Keynote Speaker, Saturday September 8 at 6:30 p.m., Town Center
Gail Godwin, Best selling, Award Winning Novelist ($20)


Christopher Swann — Workshop
John Kessel
Chantel Acevedo
Daren Wang
Leah Weiss
Mary Ann Claud
Abigail DeWitt
Amy Willoughby Burle

Sidney Wade — Workshop
Sam Barbee
Brothers Like These
Terri Kirby Erickson

Joni Tevis — Workshop
Shuly Xochitl Cawood
Harriet Hill & H’Yoanh Ksor Buonya
John Carroll Whitener

Mallory McDuff — workshop
David Brill
Daniel Pierce
Bryant Simon
Lillah Schwartz
Tamra Wilson

Debra Frasier
Jodi Lynn Anderson

Free Readings and Discussions All Day Friday & Saturday
Writing Workshops- Fiction, Memoir, Non-fiction, Poetry ($30)

Register here.

“The Carolina Mountains Literary Festival is the best literary festival you will find anywhere…Other festivals may try to copy it, but it requires more than a schedule of popular authors and a solid plan of action; it requires the love of a community with open arms.  And holding the festival in the magnificent mountains of Western North Carolina in September helps a little too.”  — Kevin Watson, Press53