2012 marks 80 years of the North Carolina Poetry Society and we’re celebrating with free readings in every part of the state. Our celebration kicks off with North Carolina’s new Poet Laureate, Joseph Bathanti, reading on Thursday November 29 at the Appalachian State University Bookstore. The remaining six readings will all be held on Saturday December 1.
Each reading will be led by a featured poet to be joined by other poets from their region. The readings will conclude with an open mic. These events are free and all are welcome to attend.
UPDATE: Note, the time of the Sylva event, featuring host Kathryn Stripling Byer, has changed to 5 pm to avoid conflict with the Christmas Parade!
Boone (Watauga County): Joseph Bathanti, **Thursday November 29 at 3:30**, Scholars
Bookshop (Appalachian State University Bookstore) http://bookstore.appstate.edu/scholars-
bookshop North Carolina’s new poet laureate will be joined by colleagues at this reading and open mic.
Charlotte (Mecklenburg County): Host Tony Abbott, Myers Park Baptist Church, Shalom Hall,
www.mpbconline.org Saturday December 1, 2 pm – 4 pm, Readers: Morri Creech, Annalee Kwochka, Alan Michael Parker, Dannye Romine Powell, David Radavich, Cedric Tillman and Lisa Zerkle.
Durham (Durham County): Host Betty Adcock, The Regulator Bookshop, regulatorbookshop.com,
Saturday December 1, 2 pm – 4 pm, Readers: Noel Crook and Marylin Hervieux.
Sylva (Jackson County): Host Kay Byer, City Lights Bookstore, www.citylightsnc.com,
Saturday December 1, 5 pm (NEW TIME to avoid conflict with the Sylva Christmas Parade), Readers: Kathryn Kirkpatrick, Joe Mills, and Julie Suk.
Winston-Salem (Forsyth County): Fred Chappell, Community Arts Cafe,
communityartscafe.com, Saturday December1, 2 pm, Readers: Malaika King Albrecht, Terry Kennedy, Val Nieman, and John Thomas York.
Salter Path (Carteret County): Host Peter Makuck, St. Francis by the Sea,
www.stfrancisbythesea.org, Saturday December 1, 4 pm, Reader: Mark Cox.
Fountain (Pitt County): Host Shelby Stephenson R.A. Fountain General Store,
www.rafountain.com, Saturday December 1, 9 am – 3:15 pm, Readers: Alex Albright, Marty Silverthorne, and Jim Clark.
Spread the word and join the festivities nearest you!