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Poetry as Public Peace Offering in UNC’s Pit

On the campus of UNC-Chapel Hill is a sunken courtyard known affectionately as “The Pit.” A public ampitheatre of sorts, The Pit is used for impromptu performances, speeches, and more. Student organizations post notices on The Cube nearby. “Legend has it that you will see all of Carolina’s 30,000 students pass through The Pit within […]

2021 Poetry in Plain Sight Poems Chosen

From Sam Barbee, president, and our friends at the North Carolina Poetry Society: The North Carolina Poetry Society is honored to announce the forty-eight poems to be featured on Poetry In Plain Sight posters have been chosen, and they are outstanding, all fitting our program’s high standards. Ninety-two poets from all around North Carolina submitted […]

New YouTube Channel Features Poetry Book Launches

One silver lining to our current global predicament is the way in which so many communities have rallied around one another. The literary community is no exception. Malaika King Albrecht, a poet and current president of the North Carolina Poetry Society, launched a YouTube channel in March. Every Thursday at 7:00 pm, using Zoom, she […]

This Weekend: West End Poetry Festival

Carrboro’s annual premier poetry festival happens this weekend, and the NC Writers’ Network will be on-site Saturday with an exhibitor’s table and two clapping hands, which we plan to deploy liberally in support of all the fabulous poets. The West End Poetry Festival starts Wednesday, October 16, at 6:30 pm at Johnny’s Gone Fishing; it […]

Joy Harjo Named U.S. Poet Laureate

If, like me, you were on vacation last week, you might have missed the news that Joy Harjo has been named Poet Laureate of the United States. Harjo is a member of the Muscogee Creek Nation and the first Native American poet to serve as laureate. The poet laureate of the United States is appointed […]

Linda Flowers Award Now Open!

From our friends at the North Carolina Humanities Council: CHARLOTTE—The North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide cultural nonprofit, invites original, unpublished entries of fiction, nonfiction, or poetry for their 2019 Linda Flowers Literary Award. The award is given to exceptional North Carolina authors whose work celebrates the North Carolina experience and conveys excellence in writing. […]

Take the High Road! (Festival, That Is)

We’ll have an exhibit table at The High Road Festival of Poetry and Short Fiction this weekend—come on out and see us! The festival takes place at the Embassy Suites in Winston-Salem. On Friday, March 22, at 7:30 pm, Clint McCown and cowboy poet Sean Sexton kick things off at Bookmarks downtown. Saturday offers Master […]

Don’t Miss NC Poet Laureate in 2019!

Jaki Shelton Green, a 2014 inductee to the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame, was installed as North Carolina’s ninth Poet Laureate in a ceremony on Raleigh on Monday, February 18. Jaki is the first African American and the third woman to serve as the state’s “ambassador for poetry and the spoken word.” If you’ve […]

Sign Up for 2018 (Virtual) Poetry Treasure Hunt!

It’s almost that time of year again: time for the annual (Virtual) Poetry Treasure Hunt! Hosted by Live Canon, a poetic ensemble based in the UK dedicated to performing poetry from memory (as well as other groovy poetry-based programs), the Poetry Treasure Hunt invites participants to navigate their way through a host of poems during […]

New Date Announced for NC Poet Laureate Installation

Jaki Shelton Green will be installed as the new North Carolina Poet Laureate on Monday, December 10, at 4:00 pm. The event takes place at the State Capitol, 1 East Edenton St., in Raleigh. Seating begins at 3:30 pm, and the program will start at 4:00 pm, with a reception to follow. Please note that […]