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)ncpoetrysociety.org.  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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We have lost two shining luminaries from the North Carolina literary world.  To read the 2017 Pinesong dedication tribute to Kathryn Stripling Byer, former Poet Laureate of North Carolina, click here.  To read a tribute to Susan Laughter Meyers, former president of both the North Carolina Poetry Society and the Poetry Society of South Carolina, click here.   We grieve their absence and give thanks for two powerful and lasting literary legacies.

Winners of the Brockman-Campbell Book Award
This year’s Brockman-Campbell award was won by Alan Michael Parker’s The Ladder. Two other books were recognized with Honorable Mentions, these are Bright Stranger, by Katherine Soniat and The Door That Always Opens, by Julie Funderburk.  Formore information about the winners, click here.

The judge for the 2016 award was Maggie Smith.  She is the author of three books of poetry: The Well Speaks of Its Own Poison, winner of the Dorset Prize and the 2016 Independent Publisher Book Awards Gold Medal in Poetry; and Lamp of the Body, winner of the Benjamin Saltman Award.

Upcoming Event
Sam Barbee, president of the NC Poetry Society, will read from his new poetry collection City Lights Bookstore on Thursday, July 20, in Sylva.  He will read again at the First Tuesday Poetry Open Mike at 7 p.m., Tuesday, August 1, at the Trent River Coffee Company in New Bern.

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 may be 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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