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are held at beautiful Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities, in Southern Pines, NC.  For Directions to Weymouth, see our directions page.

NCPS MeetingWinter Meeting on Saturday, January 13, 2018

Join us once again at Weymouth for the September meeting of the North Carolina Poetry Society.  In the morning we will hear a reading by Irish-American poet Adrian Rice, followed by open mic.  After lunch and tours the gardens, Mimi Herman will conduct a poetry workshop.  You won’t want to miss another special day of poetry.


9:15      Registration
Order a box lunch if not paid in advance ($10, cash or check) until 10:10 a.m.

10:00   Business Meeting
Sam Barbee, presiding.

10:30   A Reading by Adrian Rice

11: 15   Open Mic
All attendees are encouraged to sign up to read a one-page poem and to support their fellow poets.

12:00   Lunch
Socializing, walking in the gardens, perusing the book room.

1:00   A Workshop Led by Mimi Herman

Robert Frost once said, “Writing free verse is like playing tennis with the net down.”  Of course, many of us find that free verse offers its own challenges and rewards, but sometimes we may also want to play with the net up to see how it improves our game.  Join 2017 Piedmont Laureate Mimi Herman in a hands-on workshop on how to write a sestina.

Biographies of the Presenters

Adrian RiceBorn and raised in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Adrian Rice graduated from the University of Ulster with a B.A. in English & Politics and M.Phil. in Anglo-Irish Literature. His poems first appeared in Muck Island (1990), a collaboration with leading Irish artist, Ross Wilson.  The Mason’s Tongue (1999) was short-listed for the Christopher Ewart-Biggs Memorial Literary Prize, nominated for the Irish Times Prize for Poetry, and translated into Hungarian.  His family have settled in Hickory, from where he commutes to Boone for doctoral studies at Appalachian State University.  The Clock Flower (2013) and Hickory Station (2015) are both published by Press 53, as will be The Strange Estate: New & Selected Poems 1990-2018 next year.

Mimi HermanMimi Herman is the 2017 North Carolina Piedmont Laureate, a Kennedy Center teaching artist, and the author of Logophilia and The Art of Learning.  Since 1990, she has engaged over 25,000 students and teachers in writing poetry and fiction, as well as providing private coaching and editing.  Mimi holds a BA from UNC-Chapel Hill and an MFA in Creative Writing from Warren Wilson College.  She has performed her poetry and fiction at venues ranging from Why There Are Words in Sausalito, California, to Symphony Space in New York City.  With her partner, John Yewell, she offers Writeaways writing retreats for writers in France, Italy, and North Carolina.


September 16, 2017
On this beautiful fall day, we heard Alice Osborn read Lisa Zerkle’s Randall Jarrell Prize-winning poem, followed by readings by Alan Michael Parker and Julie Funderburk, winners of this year’s Brockman-Campbell Award.  North Carolina Poet Laureate Shelby Stephenson and Michael Beadle delivered a tribute to the late Kathryn Stripling Byer, first female poet laureate of North Carolina.  Five poets–Bill Blackley, David Manning, Alan Michael Parker, Barbara Presnell, and David Radavich–offered a tribute to Susan Laughter Meyers, a beloved former NCPS president.  After lunch, Philip Shabazz gave an energetic reading to conclude a truly memorable day.

May 27, 2017 Awards Day
Our annual Awards Day featured students and adults reading their prize-winning poems, featured in this year’s issue of Pinesong, edited by Leslie Rupracht.  Michael Beadle presented the student prizes, while Richard Alley Taylor emceed the adult awards.  This year’s Pinesong is dedicated to Kathryn Stripling Byer, our wonderful former NC Poet Laureate, who unfortunately passed away only a week later.  We were fortunate to hear Susan Lefler’s stirring tribute and Kay’s own greetings to the Society.  What a memorable celebration of a poetic soul who will be sorely missed.

March 18, 2017 Sam Ragan Day
Peter Makuck and Marjory Wentworth, Poet Laureate of South Carolina, gave wonderful readings of their poetry and participated in spirited discussion afterward.  The open mic session once again featured accomplished poetry and a wide variety of expression.   Lots of camaraderie and sense of community.

January 21, 2017 Meeting
Maureen Sherbondy read her poetry and Michael McFee presented a mix of poetry and discussion of careful revision at this delightful meeting that also included a particularly rewarding variety of poets at open mic.  Jan Harrington was celebrated at this year’s winner of the Lena Shull Book Contest for a new poetry collection to be published by Saint Andrews University Press.

September 17, 2016 Meeting
Our meeting on September 17 offered a feast of varied poetic tastes, with the winners of the Randall Jarrell Poetry Contest and the winners of the Brockman-Campbell Book Award all sharing their work.  After a high-quality open mic and lunch on the beautiful grounds of Weymouth, Alice Osborn suggested ways to launch our poetry out in the world with a workshop on social media and marketing.

May 28, 2016 Awards Day
Thanks to everyone who participated in our May 28 annual Awards Day!  It was a festive occasion for poetry written by our student and adult prize winners.  Special thanks to Michael Beadle, our Student Contests Coordinator, and to Richard Allen Taylor, our Adult Contests Coordinator, for doing a splendid job organizing and presenting the prizes.  The Weymouth gardens were at their finest on a gorgeous day perfect for good poetry and fellowship.