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Fall Meeting on September 16
Join us for the September 16 meeting of the North Carolina Poetry Society.  In the morning we will hear readings by winners of the Brockman-Campbell Book Award: Alan Michael Parker, Julie Funderburk, and Katherine Soniat.  A tribute to our beloved former president, Susan Laughter Meyers, will be followed by open mic.  After lunch, Philip Shabazz will regale us with his work.  For a detailed schedule and more information about the writers, click here.

The Lena M. Shull Book Contest
Each year the NC Poetry Society selects a full-length, unpublished poetry manuscript by a North Carolina writer for the Lena M. Shull Book Award.  The winning manuscript is published by St. Lawrence University Press, and the winning poet gives a reading and is invited to lead a workshop at Poetry Day Hickory the following April.  The submission period begins on September 17, 2017.  To read the guidelines and for further information about this prestigious award, click here.

2018 Student Poetry Contests
Our annual NC Poetry Society contests for students from 3rd grade to undergraduate will open on September 1, 2017.  Submissions of individual poems in different categories are strongly encouraged.  For guidelines and to obtain the required entry form, click here.  The final deadline for submissions will be February 1, 2018.

McIntyre’s Reading Series
The featured readers in this month’s McIntyre’s Poetry Reading Series, sponsored by NCPS, will be Tim Mattimoe, Jane Shlensky, and Irene Blair Honeycutt on Sunday, August 27, at 2 p.m.  McIntyre’s Bookstore is located in Fearrington Village off Highways 15/501 midway between Chapel Hill and Pittsboro.  Carolyn and Guy York host the series.

Poetry Opportunity
Flyleaf Books is pleased to announce the seventh annual Flyleaf Books Second Thursday Poetry Contest.  Poets may submit one poem of up to 60 lines; the entry must be original and not previously published.  Send entries to flyleafpoetrycontest@gmail.com with Flyleaf Contest in the subject line and your name, address, and phone number in the body of the email.  Poems must be submitted before midnight, August 31, 2017.  The winner and runner-up will be invited to read for ten minutes at the Second Thursday event on Thursday, October 12.  For further information, contact the email address above.


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