Every September, we look forward to spending a Saturday at The Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities in Southern Pines, when the North Carolina Poetry Society hosts their annual fall meeting.
This year, for reasons that will be obvious to most any reader, NCPS will hold their annual event online. Although the venue has changed, we’ll still be thereâ€”and we’re still looking forward to it!
The day kicks off with readings by winners of the Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition, including Dannye Romine Powell, who won this year’s contest with her poem “Argument.” Each year, a representative from NCWN introduces the prize and the readers, and this year our Executive Director, Ed Southern, will be on-hand to perform the honors.
The morning continues with readings by the winners and finalists of the Brockman-Campbell Book Award, including Patricia Hooper for her collection, Wild Persistence. Right before lunch, attendees are invited to participate in, and cheer on, an Open Mic.
Following a lunch break, Jason Gray, author of Radiation King, winner of the Idaho Prize for Poetry, and Photographing Eden, winner of the 2008 Hollis Summers Prize, will lead an interactive sonnet mini-workshop.
For more information, including Zoom log-in links, click here.
See you “there!”
[Editor’s note: the YouTube clip above was filmed at the 2012 NCPS September meeting. NC Literary Hall of Fame inductee Anthony S. Abbott recites four poems! Worth the watch….]