Carolina Mtn Literary Festival Receives $4500 Grant

The Carolina Mountains Literary Festival has been awarded a $4500 Presentation Grant from South Arts, an organization that works “to advance Southern vitality through the arts.” The grant will be used to sponsor the appearance of the performance group Cornbread and Tortillas on the opening night of the festival, Thursday, September 5. The group will also perform in Avery and Mitchell County high schools on September 4 and 5. The grant requires matching funds which are provided by grants from Toe River Arts and the Avery County Library.

Cornbread and Tortillas is a nine-member ensemble made up of members who grew up either in Eastern Kentucky or Central America. They use song, dance, and storytelling to illustrate the characteristic shared by Appalachian and Latino cultures as well as those unique things that make them distinctive. The group’s evening performance at the Literary Festival will be free, open to the public, and will include cornbread, tortillas and soup beans/frijoles.

The full line-up for this year’s festival, Sept 5-7, plus additional information on the Carolina Mountains Literary Festival can be found at

More information on Cornbread and Tortillas can be found here: Cornbread & Tortillas