Hats Off! to Brent Martin and Ruth Moose, who will serve as Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poets for 2015 and 2016 mentoring a middle school, high school, college or university, or one adult not in school in eastern, central, and western North Carolina. The student poets work on a dozen pages of poems for six months with their mentor, and the students and mentors read at either Barton College, St. Andrews University, or Western Carolina University. In addition, each student reads with their mentor at their hometown public library. The mentoring is free to the student poets, and the mentors receive honoraria from the North Carolina Poetry Society/Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet Series funds and the North Carolina Center for the Book. At the end of each annual cycle, a book is published by St. Andrews University Press collecting the poems of the student poet and their mentor. For information click here. The deadline to apply for next year's Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet Series 2015-2016 is November 1.