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A special Literary Open Stage features ekphrastic writing

The Upstairs Artspace presents a very special Literary Open Stage on Friday, June 12 at 7 p.m. Tying in with the current exhibition, “Storytellers,” writers are encouraged to bring original ekphrastic writing to read at this open-mic event.

Ekphrasis is a fancy Greek word for a poem or story that is inspired by a work of art. Traditionally, the writer reveals a comprehensive description; however, contemporary writers often address a concept or person within the work. Ekphrastic writing can be about a painting, sculpture, piece of music, film, or simply a scene.

Writers should feel free to create a poem, short story, or essay about any work of their choosing, from any medium, era, or source. Stop by the Upstairs gallery to inspire your imagination with the visual narratives of “Storytellers.” The gallery is open every Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Established and emerging writers are invited to come out and share their work on June 12. The ekphrastic theme is a suggested and voluntary prompt; any original fictional or nonfictional prose, poetry, or memoir writing is welcome. Writers that would like to participate should arrive at 6:30 p.m. to sign up for a slot. Readings should not exceed ten minutes.

The event is free and open to the public. Donations are welcome and all proceeds go to the Upstairs, a nonprofit organization. The Upstairs Artspace is located at 49 South Trade Street, Tryon, N.C. For more information about all of the galleries exhibits and programs, call 828-859-2828 during gallery hours, or visit www.upstairsartspace.org.

– Submitted by Lorna Festa