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Writers' Conference To Present Free Readings


May 6, 2019

Robin Wall Kimmerer

The Transylvania County Library Foundation and Brevard College are once again serving as co-hosts and platinum sponsors for the Looking Glass Rock Writers' Conference, May 9-12. The conference takes place at Brevard College and will consist of public readings and workshops from renowned guest faculty.

Exploring the theme "A Sense of Place," the small, select group of conference attendees will work under the guidance of notable writers Robin Wall Kimmerer, Wiley Cash and Frank X Walker. In addition, the writers will give public presentations on Friday, May 10, and Saturday, May 11.

Highland Books will be on hand both evenings with books for sale and signing.

Plant ecologist and award-winning author Kimmerer will have her public reading and presentation on Friday, May 10, at 7:30 p.m. in Ingram Auditorium in Dunham Hall on the campus of Brevard College. There is no charge to attend, but seating is first come, first served. Doors will open at 7 p.m.

Dr. Kimmerer is a SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, N.Y. She is an enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation and serves as the founding director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment whose mission is to create programs which draw on the wisdom of both indigenous and scientific knowledge for our shared goals of sustainability. She is the author of numerous scientific papers on the ecology of mosses and restoration ecology and on the contributions of traditional ecological knowledge to our understanding of the natural world.

She is the author of "Gathering Moss," which incorporates both traditional indigenous knowledge and scientific perspectives and was awarded the prestigious John Burroughs Medal for Nature Writing in 2005. Her latest book, "Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants," was released in 2013 and was awarded the Sigurd Olson Nature Writing Award.

She has served as writer in residence at the Andrews Experimental Forest, Blue Mountain Center, the Sitka Center and the Mesa Refuge. More information is available at ulty/kimmerer/.

Saturday's event begins at 7 p.m. and will feature authors Wiley Cash and Frank X Walker. The readings and presentations will be held in the Rogow Room at the Transylvania County Library. There is no charge to attend, but seating is first come, first served. Doors to the Rogow Room will open at 7 p.m.

Cash is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels "The Last Ballad," "A Land More Kind Than Home," and "This Dark Road to Mercy." The founder of the Open Canon Book Club and co-founder of the Land More Kind Appalachian Artists Residency, he has been a fellow at the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, and the Weymouth Center. He serves as the writer-in-residence at the University of North Carolina-Asheville and teaches in the Mountainview Low-Residency MFA program.

Cash lives in North Carolina with his wife and their two young daughters. More details are available at http://www.wiley

Walker is an African-American poet from Danville, Ky. Walker coined the word "Affrilachia," signifying the importance of the African-American presence in Appalachia: the "new word ... spoke to the union of Appalachian identity and the region's African-American culture and history". He is a professor in the English department at the University of Kentucky and was the Poet Laureate of Kentucky from 2013-2015. Complete details are available at his website,

For additional information or questions, visit or contact the Transylvania County Library at (828) 884-3151.

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