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Poetry In Plain Sight 2022 – 2023

By Sam Barbee, North Carolina Poetry Society

I am pleased to announce the 48 poems to be featured in Poetry In Plain Sight 2022 and 2023 have been selected.

Eighty-one North Carolina poets submitted this year, with overall entries totaling two hundred and eleven.

For the complete list, click here.

The judges commented on the consistent quality of the poetry, and I applaud them for their judicious efforts and dedication. In several cases, it was particularly hard to pick between entries from individuals because several poets had all three of their poems under consideration!

We are pleased to have poems from all five living NC Poets Laureate, of course including our current Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton Green. Their poems will be highlighted in April of 2022—Poetry Month—and continue in May.

This year, 21 poets will be featured on posters for their first time, which is always exciting. Poetry In Plain Sight depends on fresh voices to share their unique perspectives.

Poetry In Plain Sight thanks the NC Writers’ Network, Winston-Salem Writers, and Press 53 for their support, both financial and in-kind; plus Friends of the Program for their direct donations and/or purchase of our vintage posters to keep the program viable.

(See current inventory of vintage poems here.)

I thank all the poets who trusted us with their work.