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POETRY ALIVE 30th Anniversary Appearing Fri Aug 15th 2014 Special Time: 2:00pm until

Celebrates 30 Years
of Presenting Poetry Performance Like Nothing Else

Fri Aug 15th  2:00pm until ......
Tickets: $12 

The City of Asheville has proclaimed August 15th as "Poetry Alive! Day" !!!!!!

Newberry Award winning poet Paul Fleischman says of Poetry Alive!, “They don’t recite poetry, they act poetry. They deliver poetry and make believers of people and poetry. They turn it into theater and it is marvelous.”

Founded in 1984, Poetry Alive! conducted its first show in a music hall called McDibb's in Black Mountain, North Carolina. The audience was made up of about 100 listeners, friends mostly. One audience member was a teacher who saw the educational potential of the show and subsequently asked Poetry Alive! to visit her classes. That was our simple start.

In the nearly 30 years since then, Poetry Alive! has added four other two-person teams to meet the demand for shows. Our presentations have taken us to a total audience of over 10 million, in all 50 states as well as the District of Columbia, Argentina, the Bahamas, Brazil, Canada, China, Guam, Ethiopia, Japan, Peru, Puerto Rico, Saipan, South Korea, Switzerland, Turkey, and Venezuela. Each year Poetry Alive! now conducts approximately 2,200 performances, over 700 classroom followups, and 100 teacher workshops for an estimated 600,000 students nationwide.

That's something worth celebrating and that's exactly what we plan to do.....lots of great stories from the past plus lots of great poetry ....old and new.

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A Special Message from POETRY ALIVE Co-Founder James Nave:

Thirty years ago, on August 15, 1984, Bob Falls and I stepped on the stage at McDibb's in Black Mountain, North Carolina. We performed two hours of memorized classic poetry to a full house, 80-100 people. We called our show Poetry Alive!

I'd had limited stage experience and had certainly never performed a two-hour show. I looked out on all the faces, mostly friends. I was a sunned and happy. We opened with Octavio Paz, "Between what I see and what I say / Between what I say and what I keep silent . . . poetry."

Some of the other poems we included were, There Was a Child Went Forth by Walt Whitman, All That Time by May Swenson, Six Significant Landscapes by Wallace Stevens, Ulysses by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, and The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe.

A week after the show, an English professor, who was in the audience, rang to ask if we'd be willing to do the same show at her university for $400. We were both amazed to be offered money for poetry. We never imagined that first booking would launch us both into thirty-year poetry careers.

Poetry Alive! grew into a theater company that employed hundreds of actors and poets all devoted to performing live poetry shows to millions students in schools all over America and the world. Indeed, Poetry Alive! made millions.

I went off on my own in 1991, forever changed because I'd memorized hundreds of poems and performed thousands of shows. Bob continued with Poetry Alive!, managing the business until he sold it a couple of years ago.

Today Poetry Alive! is still very much alive, thanks to its new owners Carney Gray and Michelle Schwantez.

If you find yourself in the Asheville area on Friday, August, 15, stop by the White Horse listening room in Black Mountain. The Poetry Alive! reunion celebration starts at 2pm and will go on into the evening. Come celebrate with us, be part of Poetry Alive!