What a celebration of poetic creativity, friendship, and joy – Awards Day at the North Carolina Poetry Society! One of the biggest crowds we’ve ever drawn, and some of the families with fine young poets traveled a very long way to participate. Special thanks to Michael Beadle and Richard Allen Taylor for their tandem emceeing of the awards for students and adults. The quality of all the poetry was high – moving, brilliant, even hilarious.
This new edition of Pinesong, edited by Ed Cockrell, is beautifully done, and the dedication of this issue to Scott Owens for all his contribution to poetry in North Carolina is eminently deserved.
One of the many highlights was certainly Beth Copeland’s performance poem, “Hymn,” with the part of her father sung so beautifully and movingly by our own North Carolina Poet Laureate, Shelby Stephenson! A special moment not to be forgotten.
The Weymouth Center’s gardens were gorgeous again this year on a weather-perfect day. Thanks to all the poets, family members, teachers, and supporters who helped make this day special.
On Thursday, July 14, a JAMBOREE evening of North Carolina Poetry Society Poets will be held at Unexposed, 105 Hood Street #5, Durham. Featured readers will be Joan Barasovska, Bill Griffin, Peter Makuck, Grace Ocasio, David Radavich, and Joanna Catherine Scott from all across the state. Open mic will follow as time permits. 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Also on Thursday, July 14, the Second Thursday Poetry Series will feature readings by Bill Blackey and Eric Nelson at Flyleaf Books, 752 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, in Chapel Hill, from 7:00-8:30 p.m. Open mic will follow. An informal get-together at The Root Cellar begins at 6 p.m. (919) 942-7373.