Allan Wolf, Poet, Author, Performing Artist
Nationally renowned and locally-based poet, educator and author Allan Wolf travels nationally to perform poetry and has published many books including: :The Blood-Hungry Spleen and Other Poems About Our Parts (Candlewick Press), and New Found Land: Lewis and Clark’s Voyage of Discovery (Candlewick Press), a novel in verse chosen as a School Library Journal Best Book, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, and an IRA Children’s Book Award Notable. He is the author of a book about writing poems titled, Immersed In Verse: An Informative, Slightly Irreverent & Totally Tremendous Guide to Living the Poet’s Life (Lark Books) and a YA novel in verse titled Zane’s Trace (Candlewick Press), a Book Sensed Children's Top Ten Pick and more! To check out his books, click on his photo!
Lisa Smith Bruer
Lisa Smith Bruer
Lisa Smith Bruer earned her M.A. in Film Production from the Ohio University School of Film where she first taught Film History and Film Production. Her production experience includes documentary, educational, television advertising and experimental/artistic film and video. Her work has been screened at various film festivals including the San Francisco International Film Festival, the Walker Art Center’s Independent Filmmaker Series and the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, as well as on Public Television as part of “The Independents” series. Her production credits include awards from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, and the Athens International Film & Video Festival.
Lisa has been teaching children for the past 10 years in both video and music, including animation, film history, and video production, and conducted a children's orchestra in the Florida Keys for seven years. She currently resides in Asheville, where she teaches and home schools her children.
Amber Sherer, Poet
Amber was raised in Asheville North Carolina and has been writing poetry since she was seven, performing since 13. Amber was published in high school and won her first poetry slam, Asheville Word Slam in ’07. She's have continued to write and compose her own poetry chapbooks entitled Phoenix Soul, Awake, and Remembering. She was the Malaprop's bookstore top seller after her first public reading of Phoenix Soul. Amber has led poetry workshops at Asheville High, her alma mater. A summer camp counselor at Camp Sunrise and at the YWCA, Amber loves working with youth. She says,
"Poetry is my passion. I believe all artists are creators and my goal is to inspire and heal through poetry."
Writer, educator, activist, healer, and merry-maker; Griffin Payne wears many hats and looks fabulous in each of them. Griffin is a graduate of UNC-Asheville with a degree in French (focus in literature) and a minor in History. He earns a living by working one on one with people who have developmental disabilities, in addition to working as a caregiver for the elderly. His poetry has been featured in UNC-Asheville’s literary magazine, Metabolism, as well as in the RFD, an international Queer quarterly journal. Griffin made his spoken word debut in October 2007, here in our very own Asheville, and has since become the Slammaster and Co-Director of Poetry Slam Asheville.
Simon Wolf, Poet, Performer
Simon Wolf has been involved in performing arts since he was very young when his tiny, pink and winkled form was carried lovingly on stage for his first poetic Baptism. He continued to perform onstage in his early years at the Green Door in downtown Asheville, North Carolina with his father, nationally renowned performance poet Allan Wolf who was heavily involved in the early poetry slams. He now continues to act in school and with many theaters and performance groups in the Asheville area as well as intermittently touring he country performing poetry in schools and libraries with his father. He also hosts the youth poetry slam at the Lake Eden Arts Festival in the Spring and Fall.
Meggen Lyon has taught creative writing workshops for people aged 7 to 70. She has served as Artist-in-Residence at Dreams Wilmington, a nonprofit arts education center for at-risk youth in Wilmington, NC. She also leads writing workshops for children enrolled in school-age programs at the Asheville Jewish Community Center. Her student-centered workshops have included poetry, multi-genre, mixed media, and collaborative performance projects.
Meggen earned her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, and her BA in English from Michigan State University, where she was an Honors College member. She taught a wide range of writing courses in the English and Creative Writing departments at UNCW, and at Cape Fear Community College. In 2002, she received a UNCW Graduate Teaching Excellence Award.
Meggen has been a fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and a finalist for the N.C. Arts Council-sponsored residency at Headlands Center for the Arts. She was a member of Brawdeville, a women’s performance art troupe based in Wilmington, where she wrote and performed poems, songs, and skits. Her poems have appeared in The Journal, The Kerf, Potomac Review, Elixir, and Show and Tell: Writers on Writing. She is currently an online writing consultant, and a researcher and contributing writer for a commissioned biography of character actor Pat Hingle.
Sebastian Matthews: Teacher, Author, Collage Artist
Sebastian Matthews, a graduate of the University of Michigan’s MFA program, teaches part-time at Warren Wilson College, the Smokey Mountain Writing Program and edits Rivendell, a place-based literary journal. He is the author of the memoir, In My Father’s Footsteps, and co-editor, with Stanley Plumly, of Search Party: Collected Poems of William Matthews. His poems and prose have appeared in Atlantic Monthly, New England Review, Post Road, Seneca Review, Georgia Review,Brilliant Corners, Poets and Writers,Tin House, and Virginia Quarterly Review, AWP Writer's Chronicle among others. Matthews was a recent Bernard De Voto Fellow in Nonfiction at Bread Loaf. His chapbook, Coming to Flood, was published by Hollyridge Press in 2005 and a collection of poems, We Generous, was published by Red Hen Press in February 2007. Matthews was a recipient of a 2006 North Carolina Artist Grant. Co-facilitator, Collage Mind 2010, with True Ink and Black Mountain College Museum and Art Center.
Christian Dwight Edwards, Thomas Wolfe Memorial Site Educator
Christian is a perennial favorite for True Ink Program participants. She brings history alive and helps to illuminate the writing craft through her great storytelling and "interpretation" of the Old Kentucky Home and the cast of characters that inhabit Wolfe's works.
Tamiko Ambrose Murray
Tamiko Ambrose Murray is a writer, a storyteller, and a teaching artist through the Teaching Artists Performing in Asheville Schools (TAPAS) program. She is the winner of the UNC-Asheville 2005 Wilma Dykeman Award for creative non-fiction and is an Asheville Arts Council Grant recipient. She has been a contributing writer for the Mountain Xpress; the Urban News and Observer; Gentle Strength Quarterly, a Journal of the Fine Arts, and other publications.
Tamiko’s strategies for teaching creative writing have resulted in demonstrable increases in EOG scores with 8th grade students. Engaging new writers in the creative writing process since 2003, Tamiko continues to work with various community arts organizations to empower youth and adults through the arts including LEAF in Schools and Streets and the R.E.A.C.H. program of Arts2People.
Tamiko received a BA in Literature and Language from UNC-Asheville. She is pursuing a Masters in Social Work at Western Carolina University, where she continues to research the arts as an intervention strategy and as vehicle for education.
In the words of 6th grade Asheville Middle School student: “Ms. Ambrose rocks!”
Ginger Huebner, Artist
Ginger Huebner is the founding director of Roots + Wings School of Art. She also works from her studio as a member of the Asheville River District Artists, creating works of art using the mediums of collage, chalk pastel, encaustic and other mixed media. Ginger thrives on doing commissioned work. She has collaborated with individuals, agencies and companies to provide unique pieces of artwork. Ginger’s work can be seen at K2 Home in downtown Asheville and at her studio by appointment. With a Masters in Teaching Visual Art and a Bachelor of Architecture, Ginger brings a unique perspective to the field of art education. She has taught a wide spectrum of ages in a variety of environments. She lives in Asheville with her husband Scott and two children, Mia and Felix.
Lee Ann Brown
Lee Ann Brown is a poet, performer, and the publisher of Tender Buttons, a press that publishes experimental poetry by women. She is the author of two full length collections, Polyverse and The Sleep That Changed Everything. She lives half in New York City where she teaches poetry at St. John's University in Queens and and half in the mountains of North Carolina, where she is cofounder of The French Broad Institute (of Time & the River) with actor and director, Tony Torn. She has taught poetry to people of all ages, including multiple residencies for K-12 through Teachers & Writers Collaborative.
Lynn Weekes Karegeannes is an artist and crafter. A native of South Carolina, she has lived in various states of the U.S. and in France. Lynn completed studies in Art History with a Bachelor’s degree from Rice University in Houston, Texas and a Master’s degree from The University of Texas at Austin. She and her husband arrived in Asheville in 1999. Two children quickly followed. In between raising the children and assisting with several art-related programs as a volunteer, Lynn began to explore art and craft for herself in numerous different media. Lynn has worked with beads, wire, polymer clay, shrink plastic, paper, paint, found objects, and lots of glue! In June 2010, Lynn completed an introductory study of mandalas with Susanne Fincher of Decatur, Georgia. She studied with artist Heidi Darr-Hope of Columbia, South Carolina. She has also completed an introductory study of SoulCollage® with Susan Sihler of Asheville, North Carolina. Her favorite art forms are collage and assemblage.
Adam Blake Wright