The 2020 Festival was canceled due to Covid-19

   We want to ensure the health and safety of our authors, attendees and community.

Because the Carolina Mountains Literary Festival has traditionally taken place in small venues around the Burnsville Town Square so that authors and attendees could join together for conversation, we are exploring for 2021 the creation of a safe, virtual festival.  Mark your calendar for September 9 – 11!

The following 2020 authors –  who, after the cancellation was announced in June agreed to present in 2021 – may or may not be available to present “virtually.”

We’ll keep you informed.  Please watch this website for updates.  Thank you for your patience.

 


THURSDAY NIGHT – AN EVENING OF CHEROKEE CULTURE

Stories, dance, music and art – FREE FOR ALL AGES

 

SATURDAY NIGHT KEYNOTE – TBD

 


WRITING WORKSHOPS

FICTION- Nathan Alling Long
MEMOIR- Jessica Chiccehitto Hindman
NON-FICTION-Stephanie Alexandro Griest
POETRY- Steve Cushman

 


FREE READINGS & DISCUSSIONS

FICTION
Joseph D’Agnese in conversation with Denise Kiernan (Pending)
Jessica Handler
Nathan Alling Long
Dale Neal
Erica Witsell

MEMOIR
Cassandra King Conroy
Dawn Davies
Jessica Chiccehitto Hindman
Lori Leachman
M Randall O’Wain

NON-FICTION
Stephanie Anderson
Stephanie Alexandro Griest
Neal Hutchinson
Orrin & Keith Pilkey
Ruth Wyand

POETRY
Lisa Creech Bledsoe
Steve Cushman
David Radavich
Glenis Redmond (Pending)
Karen Sagstetter
Jacinta White

MIDDLE SCHOOL & YOUNG ADULT
Cindy Capriano
Hope Larson

OUTREACH
Gwenda Ledbetter- Avery County Library, Mitchell Senior Center, Yancey County Community Center – Open to the public
Amy Cherix- Elementary School
Todd Calgi Gallicano- Middle School (Pending)
Jo Watson Hackl- Middle School (Pending)
Cindy Cipriano- Avery High School