Hybrid | Poet Quartet: Lola Haskin, Anna Laura Reeve, Courtney LeBlanc, Willie Edward Taylor Carver Jr.

Sun, Mar 3, 2024
4:30 pm
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Malaprop's Bookstore
55 Haywood St, Asheville, NC 28801, USA
free-registration required
Malaprop's Bookstore

Join us for our monthly poetry reading series coordinated by Mildred Barya. This month’s event features Anna Laura Reeve, Lola Haskins, Courtney LeBlanc, and Willie Edward Taylor Carver Jr.

This is a hybrid event with limited in-store seating and the option to attend online. The event is free but registration is required for both in-person and virtual attendance.

Please click here to register for the VIRTUAL event. The link required to attend will be emailed to registrants prior to the event.

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All featured books will be available for purchase at the event. This event also includes a book signing.

If you would like a signed book but can’t attend in person, you may order a signed copy in advance.

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Willie Edward Taylor Carver Jr. holds degrees in French and English from Morehead State University, where he focused his studies on advocacy for students, particularly first generation, Appalachian, and minoritized students. He began his work in eastern Kentucky, later studying and teaching in France. In 2022, Carver was named Kentucky Teacher of the Year and Ambassador to the Kentucky Department of Education, where he created a platform of inclusion and advocacy for LGBTQ+, BIPOC, and Appalachian students. His work has been published in Kentucky Teacher, Education Week, and elsewhere. Carver’s story has been featured on Good Morning America, NBC, PBS, NPR, and other news outlets. For more, visit https://williecarver.com

Lola Haskins’ poetry has appeared in The Atlantic, Christian Science Monitor, Georgia Review, Southern Review, and elsewhere. Homelight (Charlotte Lit Press, 2023), her 14th collection, was named the Southern Literary Review 2024 Poetry Book of the Year. Asylum (University of Pittsburgh, 2019), was featured in the NYT Magazine. Past honors include the Iowa Poetry Prize, two NEA fellowships, two Florida Book Awards, narrative poetry prizes from Southern Poetry Review and New England Poetry Review. She serves as Honorary Chancellor for the Florida State Poets Association. For more, visit https://www.lolahaskins.com

Anna Laura Reeve is the author of Reaching the Shore of the Sea of Fertility (Belle Point Press, 2023). Winner of the 2022 Adrienne Rich Award for Poetry, her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Beloit Poetry Journal, Salamander, Terrain.org, and others. She was a finalist in the 2023 Greg Grummer Poetry Contest and the 2022 Ron Rash Award. She lives and gardens near the Tennessee Overhill region, traditional land of the Eastern Cherokee. For more, visit https://www.annalaurareeve.com

Courtney LeBlanc is the author of the full-length collections Her Whole Bright Life (winner of the Jack McCarthy Book Prize); Exquisite Bloody, Beating Heart; and Beautiful & Full of Monsters. She is the Arlington County Poet Laureate and the founder and editor-in-chief of Riot in Your Throat, an independent poetry press. She loves nail polish, tattoos, and a soy latte each morning. Find her online at www.courtneyleblanc.com.

Mildred Kiconco Barya is a writer from Uganda and the author of four full-length poetry collections, most recently The Animals of My Earth School released by Terrapin Books, 2023. Her prose, hybrids, and poems have appeared in Shenandoah, Joyland, The Cincinnati Review, Tin House, Prairie Schooner, and elsewhere. She’s now working on a collection of creative nonfiction, and her essay, “Being Here in This Body”, won the 2020 Linda Flowers Literary Award and was published in the North Carolina Literary Review. Barya teaches creative writing and literature at UNC-Asheville, serves on the boards of African Writers Trust and Story Parlor, and coordinates the Poetrio Reading events at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café. She blogs at www.mildredbarya.com.