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This is a member-created list for local events and readings in poetry that are occurring in the NC area. If there’s an event you want to see here, use the contact button above to let us know about it!

New Events

April 21 (Monday), 7pm
Main Library, 219 Church St, Greensboro
WGOT member Rosalyn Marhatta will read her poetry about her experiences in the Kingdom of Nepal. She will be accompanied by her mentor poet Dr. Lynn Veach Sadler, also reading.This is part of The Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet Program, sponsored by the Poetry Society of North Carolina and the North Carolina Center for the Book (State Library System) and part of PoetryGSO’s celebration of poetry month.

April 24 (Thursday), 7pm
Gather, 111 West Chatham St, Cary
Poets, poetry lovers, and anyone who wants to feel the creative spark on a night out: Our next Poets Cafe event! Visit for more info.
We’ll have live music and open mic poetry readings as always, and this month the fabulous Michelle Smith, our coffee barista and Gather owner, will be making something special behind the coffee bar: “Pablo Nerudas.” Come taste the coffee drink inspired by this spicy Chilean poet!

April 26 & 27 (Saturday & Sunday), 1pm-5pm
Advanced Poetry Workshop with Dorianne Laux & Joseph Millar – $350
Dorianne Laux and Joseph Millar return with another two-day workshop to benefit Raleigh Review. This generative workshop will provide participants with model poems by a breadth of contemporary poets from which to gain insight, guidance and inspiration. Exercises will focus on specific craft issues including voice, the landscape of the poem, and free-verse architecture. During a question and answer hour, Laux and Millar will address participants’ particular poetic issues and concerns.

  • Laux & Millar Workshop Application Instructions
    Applications are due March 15, 2014. Items to include:
    Application fee of $25 (checks should be made payable to: Raleigh Review)
    Two poems, published or unpublished
    A list of your favorite poets
    A list of literary journals you subscribe to
  • Mail your application to:

    Raleigh Review
    Laux & Millar 2014 Workshop
    Box 6725
    Raleigh NC 27628

April 27 (Sunday), 3pm
Malaprop’s Bookstore/Cafe, 55 Haywood St, Asheville
NCPS poet Pat Riviere-Seel, whose book Nothing Below but Air is forthcoming in March 2014, will host a reading featuring four NCPS poets: Anthony S. Abbott (The Angel Dialogues, forthcoming in March 2014), Peg Bresnahan (In A Country None Of Us Called Home), Marilyn McVicker (Some Shimmer of You, forthcoming in summer 2014), and David Radavich (The Countries We Live In).

May 4 (Sunday), 3 pm
Malaprops Bookstore & Cafe, 55 Haywood St, Asheville
POETRIO – Join us for our monthly series of readings and signings by 3 poets at 3 pm! This month will feature Thomas Rain Crowe (Postcards from Peru), L. Lamar Wilson (Sacrilegion), and Landon Godfrey (Spaceship). For more info, 828-254-6734 or

May 15-18
Writers’ Retreat at Folly Beach, SC
The Writers’ Workshop 15th Annual Writers’ Retreat will be held May 15-18, at Folly Beach, SC. It is open to a small group of beginning or experienced writers, and is an ideal place to relax, write and review participant’s work. Daily sessions in fiction, creative non-fiction and memoirs will be led by The Writers’ Workshop instructors. Participants stay at a beach house across from the ocean.

  • The all-inclusive rate (except for meals) is $495 for a private room, or $450 shared. The commuter rate is $55 per session.
  • Please register a.s.a.p. since space is limited, at, or contact 828-254-8111/ for more information.

Recurring Meetings and Writing Groups

The Women Writers of the Triad (WWOT) sponsors several recurring events:

  • At the Deep Roots Market Community Room, 600 N Eugene St, Greensboro:
    • WWOT monthly meetings, 2nd Sundays, 2-4pm
    • WWOT monthly critique group, 4th Sundays, 3-5pm
  • At the Tate Street Coffee House, 334 Tate St, Greensboro
    • Second Saturdays poetry readings and open mic, 7pm-until
  • Writing can be an isolating process. Whether you’re new to writing or have been at it awhile, there’s a place for you here with us. Whether you want workshops or mentoring to hone your craft, or accountability partners and friends for inspiration and motivation, we offer this and much more — including a supportive, nurturing environment to help you grow as a writer.

Eve’s Night Out in Burnsville, NC is a gathering of women reading their work on the 4th Friday of each month at 7:00p.m. We meet at the United Community Bank on the corner of 19/23 and 197 N.
For more info contact

The Writers’ Group of the Triad has 3 writing groups that regularly meet:

  • An evening group. Contact: Wayne Nash, 336-407-4020, Meets the first Monday of each month
    at 7:30 PM at 7:30 pm Sternberger Artist Center, Studio 5, 712 Summit Avenue, Greensboro, NC 27405
  • A daytime group. Contact: Caren Masem. (Janice Sullivan is co-facilitator) Phone (Caren): 202-6601.Email:
    Meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month at Deep Roots Community Room, 600 N. Eugene St., Greensboro. Start time: 1:00 PM
  • Another daytime group: Contact Steve Wessells at Meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month at Sternberger Artist Center in Greensboro at 2:00 P.M.

Trustees Building, Room 340, Methodist University, Fayetteville
A veterans writing collective is starting up in Fayetteville, NC, this winter. Open to all active-duty military, veterans, and family members, the Veterans Writing Collective encourages the art of writing and conducts monthly workshops offering honest, positive feedback on members’ poetry, fiction, memoir, drama, and journaling. Meets monthly at Methodist University. Visit:

Studio 5, Sternberger Artist Center, 712 Summit Ave., Greensboro
The Writers’ Group of the Triad Poetry Writers meets on the 1st Monday of every month.

Malaprop’s Bookstore/Cafe, 55 Haywood St, downtown Asheville
Please join us for our monthly Poetrio series: 3 poets at 3:00 p.m. on the first Sunday of every month. See above listings for more information about this month’s featured poets. Poetrio events are free and open to the public.

Amplified Voices
Fourth Tuesday of Each Month, 7pm-9pm
Amplified Art Gallery, City Market, 325 Blake St, Raleigh.
Amplified Voices poetry open mic is held on the fourth Tuesday of each month from 7PM to 9PM. Glenn Cassidy hosts the event at Amplified Art Gallery in the City Market area of downtown Raleigh. Enjoy a glass of wine and original poetry in an intimate setting with music-themed art displayed on the walls. Beer, wine, and bottled water are available for purchase, as is the art.

Friday Noon Poets
Fridays, 12:30pm-1:30pm
Amity United Methodist Church
Corner of Estes Dr. and Airport Blvd., Chapel Hill
Informal meetings every Friday. Read your poetry or poems of others.
Free parking, side entrance. All are welcome!
*Call Dave Manning for details, 919-462-3695

Jackson’s Java Poetry Open Mic
Second Thursday of Each Month 8:00pm
Jackson’s Java in Town Center Plaza
8544 University City Blvd., Charlotte
*Hosted by Jonathan K. Rice, editor and publisher of Iodine Poetry Journal. Visit for more information.

Every Wednesday from 9 pm-11 pm
In the Cafe located at AV’s Bar and Grille
3138 Raeford Rd in Fayetteville

Java Jams: Fayetteville’s Premiere Poetry Open Mic
Sundays, 7:00-11:00pm
Coffee Scene
3818 Morganton Rd., Fayetteville

Writers’ Ink Guild – Poetry and Prose Critique Group Meeting
Third Tuesday of Each Month 7:00pm (Note: Tuesday, not Thursday, as was previously said in this newsletter)
Barnes and Noble at Glensford Commons
121 Glensford Rd., Fayetteville
“You don’t have to be a great writer or even a good writer to attend; you just have to be an enthusiastic writer.”
*Contact: Jerry Bradley at (910) 574-5019 or

Cellar 101 Open Mic
Third Thursday of Each Month 5:00pm
Cellar 101, 101 S. Main St., Fuquay-Varina
*This is a monthly Open Mike event hosted by Malaika King Albrecht and Jan Parker, sponsored by Main Street Rag. For details, email Malaika at or call Cellar 101 at 919-285-3416.

2nd Thursdays Poetry & Spoken Word
Second Thursday of Each Month, 8 pm
Poor Richard’s Book Shoppe, 118 S South St, Gastonia

Taste Full Beans Coffeehouse
Second Tuesday of Each Month
29 2nd St. NW, Hickory
5pm – NC Writer’s Network Night out
6:30pm – Poetry Hickory
*Contact Scott Owens at or 828-234-4266 for more information.

Raleigh Reading Open Mic Night
hosted by Maureen Sherbondy
First Thursday of Each Month 7:00-8:30pm
Royal Bean Coffee House & Gathering Space (across from Meredith College)
3801 Hillsborough St., Raleigh
*Co-sponsored by Main Street Rag Publishing Company. Come to read or just to listen, bring poems, short-short stories, or essays. If you plan on reading, please let Maureen know: For more info, call Royal Bean at 919-834-BEAN.

*If you know events or regular meetings you feel should be added, please use the contact form above (by following the “contact” link in the menu) or simply email the webmaster ( Thanks for making the NCPS website even more full of resources for poets in North Carolina!

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Yolanda - April 3, 2011 - 8:40 pm

Hello, my name is Yolanda, but everyone calls me Yogii. I’m writing to let you know that the Poetry-n-motion info. Is no longer current. The show has been set to a TBA status for now. I was one of the host, and just wanted it to be corrected so no one is disappointed. Now there is a replacement show thT can be listed on Friday notes we are now at Que’s Bar & Grill, at 9. for more information 910 286 0232
Thank you

Tameka - September 28, 2012 - 10:28 am

Hi!! I haven’t been to a poetry reading before and just found out that it is this kind of entertainment in Raleigh. I just picked up my first poetry book by Jessia Care Moore. So far I’m enjoying the paths that I’m coming to with it.

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