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    to the road, I can never forget this,
    by which, of course, you mean you’ll never remember. "

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steve roberts - September 8, 2010 - 2:15 pm

Thank you! Very nice! I appreciate your efforts!

Grey Brown - January 22, 2011 - 11:38 am

The new website looks so good! And a good expansion too!

Cheryl Dianne - March 2, 2013 - 3:59 pm

…poetry is and always has been a wonderful tool of communication…tweets are not new…facebook pages are not new…poets and writers have communicated in snippets, verses, lines, stories, sonnets, and plays for centuries…thanks NCPS for being a part of that for almost a century…you rock…

Poetry Day! April 26

Poets from across the state will gather at Catawba Valley Community College in Hickory, as it hosts the North Carolina Poetry Society’s annual Poetry Day celebration April 26. The event will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the CVCC Student Center located on the Main Campus on Highway 70 in Hickory. It is free and open to the public.

Activities include poetry workshops with Scott Owens (Invention) and Pat Riviere-Seel (Revision), presentation of the Lena Shull Poetry Award, and readings by Becky Gould-Gibson, Owens and Riviere-Seel.

A roundtable question and answer session on “The State of Poetry in Western NC” will be led by Riviere-Seel, Owens, Susan Lefler, Glenda Beall, and Dr. Ramona Fletcher. Members of the NC Poetry Society will have their books available for purchase and signing.

The highlight of the event is recognition of the winner of the first North Carolina Poetry Society’s Lena Shull Poetry Award. Becky Gould-Gibson will receive the award for her manuscript “Heading Home.” The contest was recently created by an endowment from the Poetry Council of North Carolina and was established to publish a new manuscript of poetry by a NC poet each year. Gibson will receive $250 and 50 copies of her book, which will be published by Main Street Rag.

Tentative Schedule:
9:30 — Registration; Book Table*; Sign-up for Open Mic
10:00 – Greeting
10:05 — Faculty Readings
10:25 — Presentation of Lena Shull Award
10:30 — Lena Shull Award Winner Reading
10:50 – Break
11:00 — Concurrent Workshops with Pat Riviere-Seel (Revision) or Scott Owens (Invention)
12:00 — Lunch and Social Hour
1:00 — Roundtable Q&A (Pat Riviere-Seel, Scott Owens, Glenda Beall, & Susan Lefler; Facilitated by Dr. Ramona Fletcher): The State of Poetry in Western NC
1:50 – Break
2:00 — Open Mic
2:30 — Parting Remarks
*Active members of the NC Poetry Society are permitted to sell copies of their books

Weigh In on the Future of NCPS

NCPS is in the process of developing a new long-range plan to guide the organization from May 2014 until May 2019, and we need your input. The short survey (under 10 questions) is available at Please respond no later than March 8–and sooner is appreciated.

*Note: this post has been updated to fix an error in the URL linked above. The corrected link should point to the proper survey now.

Lena Shull Book Contest Results

The North Carolina Poetry Society is happy to announce the first annual Lena M. Shull Book Contest winner. Our judge Diane Lockward chose Becky Gould Gibson’s manuscript “Heading Home.” The Lena Shull book contest was recently created by an endowment from the North Carolina Poetry Council. Ms. Gibson will receive $250 and 50 copies of her book, which will be published by Main Street Rag. The award will be presented to her on Poetry Day at Catawba Valley Community College in April 2014.

For more details, including information about the judge and the biographies of our winner and honorable mention, visit

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