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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.
We are happy to announce the winners of our 2014 adult and student contests!
Congrats to all the winners! Don’t forget, you can hear these award-winning poems read at our Awards Day meeting in May in Southern Pines!
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 https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ncps-web-site. 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.
We had another fantastic meeting at Weymouth a few weeks ago! Thanks to our fabulous speakers, L. Lamar Wilson and William Harmon, a full and joyous day of poetry was had by all in attendance.
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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 http://www.ncpoetrysociety.org/lena-shull-book-contest-winners/