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  • Spring is here – time for renewal!

    Congratulations to the winners of the North Carolina Poetry Society Contests.

    Don't miss our Awards Day celebration on May 27.


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 membership(at)  Become part of a state-wide community of poets and poetry lovers!

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The North Carolina Poetry Society is an inclusive, welcoming community that does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, age, political preference, or any other category which has been used to divide human beings from each other and the natural world.  We value diverse voices and variety of expression.

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Thanks for a Delightful Sam Ragan Day!

Our annual Sam Ragan Day meeting was something special.  Thanks to our featured poets, Peter Makuck and Marjory Wentworth, Poet Laureate of South Carolina, along with our talented open mic poets.  It was a full day of remarkable poetry.  And we are deeply grateful to Weymouth Center for the Arts for sponsoring this visit by Marjory Wentworth. 


to the winners of this year’s contests sponsored by the North Carolina Poetry Society.  For a list of adult winners, winning titles, and contest categories, click here.  For a list of student winners and contest categories, click here.  Keep an eye out for this year’s issue of Pinesong, edited by Leslie Rupracht, which will showcase all the winning poems.  And don’t miss Awards Day on May 27, when many of the prize-winning poets will read their work.

to Jan Harrington, whose manuscript, Waiting for the Hurricane, won this year’s Lena Shull Book Award.  Patricia Jabbeh Wesley, the contest judge, said, “These honest poems, the kind that remain with you, are about family in all of its complexities, its love-hate world of birthing, of wake keepings and funerals, its deep secrets and unforgitvable sins.”  Her manuscript will be published by Saint Andrews University Press, and she will give a reading and workshop at Poetry Day Hickory on April 29.  For more information about Harrington’s new collection, click here.  For information about Poetry Day Hickory, see announcement below.

Upcoming Events

Western North Carolina poets participating in the Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet Series will be reading their work at the 15th annual Spring Literary Festival at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee on Monday, April 3, at the A. K. Hines University Theater from 12-1 p.m.  Poets reading include Pat Riviere-Seel, the region’s Distinguished Poet for 2016-17, and four student poets: Mary Coggins, Benjamin Cutler, Jade Shuler, and Cathy Sky.  The student poets will read again at area public libraries on April 5, April 18, April 20, and May 8.  For further information, contact Pat Riviere-Seel.

Walking into April will take place on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at Barton College in Wilson, NC. The North Carolina Poetry Society and the Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet Series again celebrate our state’s accomplished poets.  This year’s event features Bruce Lader and Beth Copeland as well as Amber Flora Thomas, Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet for Down East.  The program runs from 9:45 until 3:00.  For more information contact Rebecca Godwin or Marty Silverthorne.

Poetry Day Hickory will take place on Saturday, April 29, at Lenoir Rhyne University in Hickory.  Featured readers will be Jan Harrington, winner of this year’s Lena Shull Book Award for her collection Waiting for the Hurricane, and Joseph Mills, author of six poetry collections.  Both poets will give readings and conduct workshops.  Mills’ workshop is entitled “Working in the Delta: Prose Poetry and Flash Fiction,” while Harrington’s workshop is “Memory, Myth, & Family: A Primal Source for Poems.”  Registration ($10 for workshops) and open mic sign-up start at 11:30 a.m., followed by an afternoon of readings, workshops, and concluding with open mic.  For a full schedule, click here.  To register and for further information, contact Scott Owens.




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