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The Power of Cosmic Relationships: Two of Cups Press

In a Tarot deck, the Two of Cups signifies new rewarding relationships, as well as honor, respect, and excellent cosmic energy for future partnerships. Most cards also feature the caduceus of Hermes, an ancient symbol often associated with trade and positive financial return. Two of Cups Press, based in the Triad, takes on only a […]

George S. Converse, RIP

By Wade Hopkin Lieutenant Colonel George S. Converse was a unique individual and an outstanding writer. As a contributor to the Naval History Institute magazine, he was listed as: “…(U.S. Marine Corps, Ret.) graduated with a BA in English from Montana State University in 1968, the same year he was commissioned in the Marine Corps. […]

New Writing Challenge for All Writers!

Eastern North Carolina poet Gabrielle Brant Freeman has launched a new writing project that promises to be both fun and hone our writing chops. You’re gonna definitely want to check it out. BOX is a quarterly writing challenge. Five objects will be posted each quarter. Writers will respond with a poem, short story, creative nonfiction […]

Jaki Shelton Green Named NC Poet Laureate

From our friends at the North Carolina Arts Council: Governor Roy Cooper today announced that poet, teacher, and community arts advocate Jaki Shelton Green will serve as North Carolina’s ninth poet laureate. “Jaki Shelton Green brings a deep appreciation of our state’s diverse communities to her role as an ambassador of North Carolina literature,” Governor […]

Want to Hear a Poem? Dial 585-546-2531

There’s real pleasure in hearing a poem read aloud. Certain rhythms and textures reveal themselves aurally that may not pop in quite the same way were we only to read them on the page. There’s pleasure too, these days, in using a telephone. Phone booths are making a comeback, for  example. While we may never return […]

Teach this Poem Recognized for Innovations in Reading

Each week, Teach this Poem sends one poem, along with a curriculum and related curated teaching materials such as artwork, maps, and photographs, to more than 25,000 K-12 teachers. Poems are selected to address timely topics, and classroom activities are designed to provide cross-disciplinary strategies for incorporating poetry into daily school work and encourage not […]

Nancy Simpson (1938-2018)

Poet Nancy Simpson passed away last week, 79 years young. She was a longtime friend of the Network and the “driving force” behind NCWN-West. Nancy’s poetry collections include Living Above the Frost Line: New and Selected Poems (Carolina Wren Press, 2010); as well as Across Water and Night Student (State Street Press). Her poems were […]

Happy Trails, Lucy Cole Gratton

Lucy Cole Gratton has served as the longtime NCWN-West regional rep for Cherokee County. Alas, all good things must come to an end. Lucy will step down as regional rep at the end of this month, and we wish her nothing but the best in her move south to the Atlanta area. She’s moving for […]

Poetry in Plain Sight Is Back and Broader than Ever

After a brief hiatus, Poetry in Plain Sight has returned in expanded form! Poetry in Plain Sight, initially a prorgram of the Winston-Salem Writers and now in collaboration with the North Carolina Poetry Society, features “North Carolina poets and their poetry in street-visible locations.” Select poems are laid out on beautifully designed posters. These prints […]

Rockvale Review Ready to Launch

For all you poets out there, there’s a new kid in town, and a great new venue for showcasing your poetry. Rockvale Review is currently reading for its inaugural issue to be published in November. Seekers of “bold and vulnerable poetry,” Rockvale Review: …believes language is power, and poetry is one conduit into unleashing that […]