Where Art Begins: The Roots of the Artist in the Tree of Knowledge
Wednesday, Nov. 15, 7 p.m.
Asheville Jewish Community Center
236 Charlotte Street, Asheville
What makes a person an artist? What makes a person start painting, choreographing, composing, writing, or snapping photographs, as a way of expressing what is irresistibly compelling about the universe? And what if we were to believe that art is in fact part of all of us, part of what actually makes us human? Award-winning author David Ebenbach, drawing on his guide to the creative process, The Artist’s Torah, will be exploring answers to these questions through the lens of one of Western culture’s foundational creativity narratives: Genesis. People of all backgrounds and all levels of creative experience welcome.
David Ebenbach is the author of three short story collections: The Guy We Didn’t Invite to the Orgy and other stories (winner of the Juniper Prize, University of Massachusetts Press), Between Camelots (winner of the Drue Heinz Literature Prize, University of Pittsburgh Press), and Into the Wilderness (Winner of the Washington Writers Publishing House Fiction Prize, WWPH). He is also the author of a full-length collection of poetry, We Were the People Who Moved (Winner of the Patricia Bibby Prize, Tebot Bach), a chapbook of poetry, Autogeography (Finishing Line Press), and a guide to the creative process called The Artist’s Torah (Cascade Books). Ebenbach holds a PhD in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MFA in Writing from Vermont College. He teaches creative writing at Georgetown University.
David Ebenbach’s presentation at the Asheville Jewish Community Center, jointly sponsored by the AJCC and the CJS at UNC Asheville, is offered in conjunction with appearances in Asheville to promote his most recent book, the novel Miss Portland, published by Orison Books, which is based in Asheville.
This event is free and open to the public.