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  • Get ready for spring!

    Student contests are accepting submissions until February 1, 2017.

    Our annual Sam Ragan meeting occurs on Saturday, March 18.


The North Carolina Poetry Society

Welcome to the North Carolina Poetry Society!  If you would like to join the Society and receive our monthly e-newsletter and thrice-yearly print newsletter, contact  Become part of a state-wide community of poets and poetry lovers!

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Every new year brings possibilities for hopes to be realized and adventures to be engaged.  The North Carolina Poetry Society offers possibilities for both.  We encourage you to join us.

Student Contests

The submission period for student poetry prizes sponsored by the North Carolina Poetry Society closes on February 1, 2017.  Michael Beadle coordinates the student contests with dedication and aplomb.  We offer a variety of awards for student poets from 3rd grade to undergraduate.  For more information and a downloadable entry form, go to student contests.  Prize-winners will receive monetary rewards and read their poems at our annual Awards Day next May, and the winning poems will appear in our annual anthology, Pinesong.

March Meeting

Our annual Sam Ragan Day meeting will take place on March 18, 2017 at Weymouth Center for the Arts in Southern Pines.  Featured poets will be Peter Makuck and Marjory Wentworth, Poetry Laureate of South Carolina, along with our usual open mic.  For a more detailed schedule of events, click here.  Don’t miss another great day of poetry at beautiful Weymouth.

New NCPS Officers

The North Carolina Poetry Society has elected new officers and Board members for the 2017-19 term: Sam Barbee, president; Alice Osborn, vice president for programming; Joan Barasovska and Laura Younger, co-vice presidents for membership; Dana Stone, recording secretary; Cal Nordt, corresponding secretary; Bill Griffin, treasurer; Crystal Simone Smith, adult contests chair; Michael Beadle, student contests chair; and Tori Reynolds and Ty Stumpf, Board members at large.  For brief biographies of the candidates, click here.  The new officers and Board members will “shadow” current Board members for the next two meetings and assume their leadership responsibilities following the May 28 meeting.

Workshop Opportunity

The North Carolina Writers’ Network will offer “Breaking Up Is Hard to Do,” an online poetry workshop led by Gabrielle Freeman, on Wednesday, January 25, at 7:00 pm.  Focus will be on experimenting with several methods of breaking poetic lines.  Participants will have the option to submit a short piece of writing prior to the workshop date to be used interactively.  Gabrielle Freeman’s debut poetry collection, When She Was Bad, was published last year by Press 53.  She was  the 2015 winner of the Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition.  To register, click here.  For more information, click here.

Upcoming Events

Press 53 will be holding its annual Gathering of Poets on Saturday, March 4, in Winston-Salem at the downtown Marriott hotel. In this all-day workshop series, participants choose four workshops from six offered by our award-winning faculty. The cost to attend for NC Poetry Society members is $135 and includes a continental breakfast and a buffet lunch. For those arriving Friday, there will be a Poetry Crawl through the downtown Arts District, sponsored by Winston-Salem Writers, our new co-host for the Gathering of Poets. For complete details, visit Gathering_of_Poets, or email



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