Center for Latter-day Saint Arts

2019 Arts Festival Events

Thorns & Thistles


Saturday, June 29, 11 AM (Teatro)

James Goldberg, Nicole Goldberg, and Arisael Rivera come together to perform a three-act concert of literary works focused on the rich landscape of Latter-day Saint explorations of the creation and The Garden of Eden, the struggles of mortality, and on a harvest of hope.

Winner of two AML words and a finalist for a Whitney Award, James Goldberg is a pioneering narrative theorist for the Church History Department. Nicole Goldberg has taught advanced persuasive writing courses at BYU, been a co-editor of the Mormon Litz Blitz. Together, the two have served on several awards selection committees and organized literary conferences and contests.

Arisael Rivera is a Latter-day saint writer and actor with an MFA from the New School. He has performed with Boston’s Commonwealth Theater and New York’s Shakespeare in the Park, as well as on television and web series.