April Festival of Arts Slated for IONA: Art Sanctuary

Arts & Entertainment

The Spring Festival of Artists and Authors at IONA: Art Sanctuary is scheduled to begin Tuesday, April 16 at 5 p.m. The festival will continue through Thursday, April 18. The theme for the week is immigration. All events are free and open to the public. 

The festival will open on Tuesday, April 16 at 5 p.m., with a presentation from photographer and painter Mary O’Neill. Poet and reporter for the Sewanee Mountain Messenger Leslie Lytle will follow with a reading of fiction centered on immigration. Other readings will include those by Dan Paracka, Robin Gottfried and Adam Randolph, who will conclude each evening with a song.

On Wednesday, April 17, writer David Baker, who is working on his first book of short poems titled “Word Windows,” will read from his work. Baker will be followed by poet Naomi Buck Pilagi, writer Patrick Dean and poet Adam Latham. 

Thursday, April 18 will conclude the festival, beginning with environmental geographer and an assistant professor of environmental studies Russ Fielding. Fielding will read a section from his new book, “Wake of the Whales.” Following that reading will be poet Ty MacMahon, essayist and frequent “Letter to the Editor” writer Faye Walter and teller of family stories Francis Walter. Walter will share a story of his “Ah Minnie,” who never married and was the keeper of family lore.

IONA: Art Sanctuary, founded by artist Ed Carlos, exists to offer a place for writers and artists to share their creative work with each other and the community, and our emphasis is the source: creativity and spirituality. IONA is located at 630 Garnertown Rd., Sewanee.