One thing about the West End Poetry Festival, happening this weekend in Carrboro and Chapel Hill, is that they put together an incredible lineup of poets, year after year.
In past years, we’ve admired from afar. But this year, we decided we were tired of missing out on all the fun, so we’ll have an exhibitor’s table on Saturday in the Century Hall in the Century Center from roughly noon to 8:00 pm.
Come on by and see us!
The “weekend” begins on Wednesday, October 17, at 6:30 pm at Johnny’s Gone Fishing on West Main St. The first night of the festival features a poetsâ€™ reception (open to all), poetry readings, and an ice cream social, featuring Carrboro’s Poet Council, including Carrboro Poet Laureate Gary Phillips.
Thursday, October 18, offers an open mic at The Station. (More than 40 poets. Yowza!)
Friday night features a reading with NC Literary Hall of Fame inductee and current NC poet laureate Jaki Shelton Green; friend of the Network Lauren Moseley (Big Windows); and former Hillsborough poet laureate William Davis. This stellar lineup will be raising the roof at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill starting at 6:30 pm.
Saturday is an all-day shindig offering a reading and workshop by Sandra Beasley. The day will conclude with a readings and a conversation among three significant female Arab poets: Ruth Awad, Fatima Abdullah, and Shadab Zest Hashmi. A light dinner will be provided.
Saturday’s events take place in the Century Center, which is where you’ll find our booth! And all of these events are free and open to the public.
For more information, click here.
See you there!