SP18 Blue Ridge Literary Journeys

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Wednesday May 2

10:00 AM  –  1:00 PM

Blue Ridge Literary Journeys
Instructor: Brent Martin
Wednesdays, May 2: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.,

May 9, 16; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.,

May 23: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
$159 Member / $169 Non-member
Limit: 12 students

This course serves as an introduction to the rich literary history and traditions of western North Carolina with an emphasis on exploring the role of place (landscape) within the literary arts. Students will have the opportunity to learn more about the writing process of individual writers through discussion both in and out of the classroom, traveling as a class to meet with noted authors in the landscapes that inspired them. Students will complete the course with a deeper knowledge of the region’s literary significance along with a keener sense of the power of place from wherever they may hail. 

Brent Martin lives in the Cowee community in Western North Carolina where he and his wife run Alarka Institute, a nature, literary and art-based business that offers workshops and field trips. He holds a master’s in history from Georgia State University and is a recipient of the Southern Environmental Law
Center’s Southern Environmental Leadership Award. He has authored four poetry and non-fiction chapbooks, and his poetry and essays have been published in regional and national journals. He recently completed a two-year term as Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet for the West.