Mountain of Words & More

mountain-of-wordsLet’s celebrate the power of words! I am proud to be a part of the 2017 Mountain of Words Write-A-Thon fundraiser for Asheville Writers in the Schools & Community (AWITSC). For this, I’ll be writing up a storm between now and November 17! Click here to sponsor me (or any of the great writers participating this year). Why?

Because AWITSC ignites social change through the power of the arts, culture and restorative self expression.

Because AWITSC works with children, teens and families who are too often overlooked and unheard.

Because AWITSC center their work in communities of color which are experiencing poverty and provide learning and healing spaces where powerful voices can be shared and amplified to create a more just and equitable world.  

Because the collective power of financial generosity will help to create a sustainable future for their vital programs.

One of AWITSC’s main projects is Word on the Street, a transformative youth-run bilingual online magazine which I have highlighted numerous times. This is such an important organization to support. Help them reach their $10,000 goal!

Asheville Citizen-Times photo by Colby Rabon

It was a big election night last night! So excited for Sheneika Smith‘s City Council win, and proud of Kim Roney for running an inspiring campaign that helped move the needle. More on Asheville city politics soon, I’m sure.

Upcoming Events

delta-houseDelta House Motown Gala and Silent Auction
Saturday, November 11, 6:30  – 11 pm
Mission Health/AB Tech Conference Center
A good time for a good cause! This event will feature silent auction, dancing, food, beer and wine. The proceeds will benefit Delta House public service and after school programs. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased online here (go to the bottom page of “About Us,” click on the the “Buy Now” to make your purchase).


 Existing While Black II: The Road to Liberation
Sunday, November 12, 7:30 – 9:30 pm
Mothlight, 701 Haywood Rd.
Not to be missed! Poetry by Nicole Townsend, music by Lyric, with emcee Sheneika Smith. “The show will unapologetically dig deep into the realities of navigating through a white supremacist society while existing in a black body. Attendees should expect to be challenged, as they will not be pacified.”


How to Talk to Young Children About Race
Thursday, November 16, 6:15 – 8:15
Claxton Elementary School, 241 Merrimon Ave.
This looks like it will be a fruitful panel discussion. Click here to register for this FREE event here (you do not have to be an educator to attend!).



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3 thoughts on “Mountain of Words & More

  1. Thank you so much Ami! I wish wish wish I could go to the Existing While Black looks incredible (I have my kiddo that night). Can’t wait to hear about it!


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