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More than a Poet, but a Poet First: a Tribute to Maya Angelou

By Ed Southern, Executive Director, NCWN Maya Angelou did so much more than write. She danced with Martha Graham and Alvin Ailey, sang calypso, became the first African-American woman to operate a San Francisco cable car, acted on stage and in films and in Roots, composed a film score, edited newspapers, raised money for Martin […]

A Poem to Honor Our Veterans, by Joseph Bathanti

Yesterday was the legal public holiday of Veterans Day, and most federal employees will have today off to honor America’s military veterans, an “unbroken chain of men and women who have served our country with honor and distinction.” When Joseph Bathanti was named North Carolina’s Poet Laureate in  August of this year, he announced plans to […]

“As the Leaves to a Tree”: Some Thoughts on Inspiration and Poetic Technique

By Morri Creech Few statements about writing unnerve me as much as this from John Keats: “If Poetry comes not as naturally as the leaves to a tree it had better not come at all.” Now, just what is it that the poet means by this? Certainly not that poems should be easy to write: […]

Poet.She Launches “Fight for Literacy” Campaign

From our friends at the Triad-based organization Poet.She: Just in time for summer break, female spoken word and performance group, Poet.She has launched a Fight for Literacy campaign from May 2012 until the new academic school year. The six-week reading and creative writing after school program has been proven to increase the literacy skills of […]

Asheville Wordfest Launches Fifth Year

From NCWN member Laura Hope-Gill and our friends at Asheville Wordfest… Asheville will once again enjoy the voice of poetry on May 4 and 5 at Asheville Wordfest. The festival takes place this year at the Altamont Theater at 18 Church Street and explores the theme of “Home: Place and Planet.” Events include readings by […]

The Good Kind of Problem to Have

Last Friday night I stopped by Press 53′s ‘New Poetry Launch Party’ in downtown Winston-Salem . . . well, I should say I tried to stop by.  The event drew such a crowd that the best I could do was stand just outside the door and strain to hear. While that stinks for me, personally, […]

Send a Poem to Your Legislator

Many thanks to Scott Owens for passing this along: Send a Poem to Your Legislators on 9/24 Here is a letter from Joseph Bathanti and Kathryn Kirkpatrick about how we can send poems to our legislators on 9/24 as participants in the 100 Thousand Poets for Change initiative. Here in Hickory, we will have 16 […]

Peter Makuck in Writer’s Almanac

Good news – “Toward Paris” by Peter Makuck, poetry instructor at the just-concluded 2011 Squire Summer Writing Residency, will be the featured poem this Sunday on Garrison Keillor’s The Writer’s Almanac.  Please check the public radio listings in your area.

Poetry in Summer

The following is a message from poet and editor Peter Makuck, who will lead the poetry workshop at the 2011 Squire Summer Writing Residency, July 14 – 17 in New Bern:   “A few weeks ago, I received an email from an eighth-grade student in Evanston, Illinois.  He said he was writing a paper on […]

“How to Write a Sentence” and Other Wednesday Links

Welcome to Wednesday. For those of you not in the Triad (or the Triad’s media market), Winston-Salem’s NPR station (WFDD) yesterday morning broadcast an interview with Press 53 founder Kevin Watson, and interview you can listen to here.  Press 53 will celebrate its 5.3-year anniversary with a party in downtown WS on Saturday.  (On Friday, […]