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Delightful Fall Meeting on September 16
Thanks to everyone who participated in the September 16 meeting of the North Carolina Poetry Society. In the morning Alice Osborn read Lisa Zerkle’s Randall Jarrell Poetry Prize-winning poem, followed by two winners of the Brockman-Campbell Book Award, Alan Michael Parker and Julie Funderburk. North Carolina Poet Laureate Shelby Stephenson and Michael Beadle offered tributes to the first NC Poet Laureate, Kathryn Stripling Byer. Five poets honored the memory of our beloved former president, Susan Laughter Meyers. After open mic and lunch, Philip Shabazz regaled us with his poetry and energy. It was a spectacular day of poetry. For a detailed schedule and more information about the writers, click here.
The Lena M. Shull Book Contest Is Open!
Each year the NC Poetry Society selects a full-length, unpublished poetry manuscript by a North Carolina writer for the Lena M. Shull Book Award.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.
Donations in Memory of Susan Laughter Meyers
We are grateful for recent donations by those grieving the loss of our beloved former NCPS president, Susan Laughter Meyers, who passed away unexpectedly earlier this summer. Thus far we have received donations from: Jim & Peggy Abernathy, Anonymous, Eliza Burton, Sara Claytor, Gill Griffin, Janice Sullivan, Robert L. Sullivan, and Judy and Mark Wright. Ishmael (“Blue”) Meyers made a foundational donation in her memory. Thanks to their generosity we have established the Susan Laughter Meyers Poetry Fellowship to extend her legacy of support for the creative arts for years to come. If you would like to contribute in Susan’s memory, go to our donations page and designate your gift accordingly.
McIntyre’s Reading Series
The featured readers in the September McIntyre’s Poetry Reading Series, sponsored by NCPS, will be M. Scott Douglass, Jane Shlensky, and Bartholomew Barker on Sunday, September 24, 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.