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Printable schedules will be available online shortly before the festival.
Printed schedules will be available at the Town Center, the Yancey Common Times Journal office, and all the Avery-Mitchell-Yancey Libraries shortly before the festival.
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Poetry Workshop with Tyree Daye, Friday at 9:00
Science Fiction Workshop with Jacqui Castle, Friday at 2:00
Memoir Workshop with Tessa Fontaine, Saturday at 9:00
Non-Fiction Workshop with Georgann Eubanks, Saturday at 2:00
Thursday, September 5
7:00 p.m. — Red Herring Puppets — Town Center Legacy Room
MY GRANDFATHER’S PRAYERS is a theatrical performance based on the remarkable life of Cantor Izso Glickstein (1889-1947), a fourth-generation Jewish Cantor, child prodigy, and operatic tenor whose life spanned the Russian pogroms, Hungary’s White Terror and two World Wars. He was the Uber-Cantor at the largest synagogue in both Europe and New England and Leonard Bernstein’s earliest mentor. His powerful golden voice expresses the passion and determination of a people holding on to faith and tradition through the violent diaspora of the 20th century. Izso’s remarkable story of thriving despite adversity, is told by his granddaughter, Lisa Sturz, a professional puppeteer, using shadow puppets, scrolling backgrounds, marionettes, digital composites and poetic text to connect with her grandfather and explore her own Jewish ancestry, artistry, spirituality and social responsibility. Free performance. The performance is intended for adults and mature teens.
Friday, September 6
POETRY WORKSHOP: Tyree Daye — Yancey County Library
“Writing the I– Giving Our Poems Identity”
When I was younger and living in Zebulon, North Carolina during the summer we would visit the local pools in Raleigh. We’ d play a game that many have played; we’d go underwater to see who could hold their breath the longest. Many years later, I realized that this game we played as children has a lot to do with the architecture of a poem and the way we move from Identity to the Subconscious where many of our images come from. Workshop Topic: I’ve entitled this workshop: “Writing the I– Giving Our Poems Identity”. The workshop will be framed around the essay Invisible Architecture (2000) by Barbara Guest and Coming to the “I” by Vievee Francis, an interview with the Indiana Review. The moment the poet comes up for air (consciousness vs subconscious), the poem starts to develop identity. The moment the poet submerges in the subconscious, the images of the poem begin to develop. The poet’s personal narrative and the symbols in the poem frame the structure and emotional connection to images.
Advance Registration Required – Workshop – $35