Student Scholarships for Literary Festival Saturday Keynote

The Carolina Mountains Literary Festival announces “The Theresa and Frances Coletta Student Scholarship” which will allow free admission for  Avery, Mitchell and Yancey County middle school and high school students to the Saturdaynight Keynote with the Pulitzer Prize Finalist, David Haskell, author of The Forest Unseen: A Year’s Watch in Nature.

Students may pick up tickets at the festival on Saturday, September 10th. Haskell’s talk begins at 6:30.  We recommend picking up tickets earlier in the day to avoid lines. Tickets are available as space allows, so come early.

Haskell journeyed most days to a square meter (10 3/4 square feet) mandala of old growth forest and regales the reader with his work that integrates scientific, literary and contemplative studies of the natural world. An article in the New York Times said,“Haskell thinks like a biologist, writes like a poet, and gives the natural world the kind of open-minded attention one expects from a Zen monk.”

In addition to being a Pulitzer Finalist, Haskell won the National Academy of Science’s Best Book Award as well as many other literary awards. He was also the recipient of the Carnegie & Chase Professor of the Year Award in Tennessee where he is a professor of biology and environmental sciences at the University of the South. He is recognized for his innovative teaching, bringing activism to the classroom.