“Ginseng Rising” by Rhea Ormond

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 Avecedo
Daren Wang
Leah Weiss
Mary Ann Claud
Abigail DeWitt
Amy Willoughby Burle

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

Joni Tevis — Workshop
Shuly Xochitl Cawood
Harriet Hill
John Carroll Whitener

Mallory McDuff — workshop
Daniel Pierce
Bryant Simon
Lillah Schwartz
Lucinda MacKethan

Jodi Lynn Anderson
Aimee Cherix

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

Registration for workshops, banquet, keynote begins July 1st.

“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