10 Years Anthology Available at the Festival

In celebration of its tenth festival, the Carolina Mountains Literary Festival is publishing an anthology that includes the work of thirty-nine authors. Each author, poet, and artist has presented at the festival at one time. The book’s editor, Diana Donovan, a longtime freelance book editor, worked closely with festival staff and with Kevin Morgan Watson, publisher of Winston-Salem’s Press 53, to ensure that the poetry, prose, and visual art in the anthology represent the diversity of voices, g...
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NC Poet Laureate Featured at 2015 Carolina Mountains Literary Festival

by Lucy Doll In October, 2014, Shelby Stephenson, a poet and retired professor from Benson, NC, accepted an invitation to return to Burnsville for the 10th Carolina Mountains Literary Festival. Two months later, Governor Pat McCrory named Stephenson North Carolina’s new Poet Laureate. Knowing that the position of Poet Laureate could involve numerous speaking engagements for his entire term of office, the festival planners nervously asked if he would still be interested in coming to Burnsvi...
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Banquet Centerpieces

Check out the beautiful centerpieces Patti McCall and others are creating for the Friday Night Banquet!   Thank you to Patti and all who got this project started. When you volunteer to help with the literary festival, you never know what you might get to do! To volunteer, email cmlitfest@gmail.com with VOLUNTEER in the subject line and let us know how you're willing to lend your talents.
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Festival Overivew

The Carolina Mountains Literary Festival celebrates a decade of bringing authors to Burnsville with its 10th annual festival held this September 10th to 12th. Authors call this one of the best literary festivals in the state and eagerly participate each year in what has been called "a festival of ideas." The theme for 2015 which guides the selection of authors is "Our Earth. Our Time. Our Space." Highlighting the festival this year are Barbara Kingsolver and Ann Patchett in conversation Satur...
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Bookmarks are here!

Check Burnsville area libraries and stores for the new 2015 bookmarks.   The Carolina Mountains Literary Festival is pleased to announce Jared Pittman, Harris Middle School 7th Grader, as the winner of our student art contest.  A cropped portion of his larger art work is being used for the 2015 bookmark. Congrats, Jared! Here is the original:   Here is the bookmark (which as you can see, needed to be significantly cropped to fit the dimensions!):
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