Admin., Smoky Mountain News

While Western Carolina University had to cancel the 18th annual Spring Literary Festival, WCU is happy to announce that listeners can soon find exclusive virtual content from some festival authors at www.litfestival.organd social media.

First up, a live conversation with New York Times bestselling author Jeff VanderMeer at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 21. Dr. Laura Wright, professor of English at WCU, will speak with Jeff about the natural and unnatural worlds in his fiction and how art can take on environmental issues. Viewers will also have a chance to write in with questions. You can find the live steam at This event is sponsored by WCU’s 2019-20 campus theme: Sustainability and the Environment.

Then, throughout the rest of the week, you’ll also find videos — readings, interviews, tours around writing spaces — from Doug Bock ClarkNickole BrownJessica JacobsCassandra KircherKevin BoyleCatherine Carter, and Wesley Browne.