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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!

Events Around the State


Sunday, July 6, 3:00 pm
Malaprops Bookstore & Cafe, 55 Haywood St, Asheville
Featured poets Pat Riviere-Seel, Maryann Jennings, and Jean Cassidy. All Poetrio events are free and open to the public.

Thursday, July 10, 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m.  
Flyleaf Books
752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
Chapel Hill, NC

Featured readers at the monthly Second Thursday poetry series will be Maura High and Edison Jennings. High’s chapbook, The Garden of Persuasions, won the 2013 Jacar Press Chapbook Contest. Her work has been featured, most recently, the Southern Review, New England Review, and Tar River Poetry. Jennings is the author of the chapbook Reckoning and director of the English Department at Virginia Intermont College in Bristol, VA. His work appears in Boulevard, Kenyon Review, Rattle, Slate, and the Southern Review. An open mic follows the reading. An informal get-together at Foster’s Market next door begins at 6 p.m. 919-942-7373.

July 10-13
Squire Summer Writing Residency, William Peace University, Raleigh.
Shelby Stephenson will be facilitating this summer writing residency; registration is now open at

The Squire Summer Writing Residency offers an intensive course in a chosen genre (fiction, creative nonfiction, or poetry) with fifteen hours of workshop sessions over the four days of the program. Registrants work in-depth on their own writing, as well as their colleagues’, while also studying the principles of the genre with their instructor. Other features include faculty readings, panel discussions, and open mic sessions for residents.

July 26 The Writers’ Workshop 29th Annual Mid-Summer Celebration on Saturday from 4-7pm  The Writers’ Workshop in Asheville invites you to join them as members and guests are invited to read from their works, sell books, and bring a covered dish to share.

July 27

NCPS Reading at McIntyre’s Fine Books, 2:00pm
Fearrington Village, Highway 15-501 South
Featured poets Bruce Lader, Barbara Brooks, Nancy Benjamin




Thursday, August 14, 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Flyleaf Books,
752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd,
Chapel Hill, NC

Featured readers at the monthly Second Thursday poetry series will be Press 53 authors Terri Erickson and Peg Bresnahan. Erickson’s newest book is A Lake of Light and Clouds. She is the author of four collections of poetry, including In the Palms of Angels (Press 53, 2011), which won a Nautilus Silver Award for Poetry, a Gold Medal for Poetry in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards, and was a Finalist for Poetry in the International Book Awards. Bresnahan’s second book is In a Country None of Us Called Home. Her work has appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies. An open mic follows the reading. An informal get-together at Foster’s Market next door begins at 6 p.m. 919-942-7373.

Saturday August 23, 1:00pm-4:00pm
Turkish House, 300 East Durham Rd. Cary, NC
Master Class with Stuart Dischell:  
Internationally celebrated poet, whose 4 books have been published by Viking Penguin, and a professor in the MFA program at UNC Greensboro, Dischell will lead a Master Class on Technique.  Followed by a reading by Dischell at 4:30 that will be open to the public. $25 fee includes a free feast of Turkish food and wine..   E-mail Richard Krawiec at to reserve your space.


Saturday October 11, 1:00pm-4:00pm
Turkish House, 300 East Durham Rd. Cary, NC

Tuning Your Tension:  Poetry Class with Traci Brimhall.
Jacar Press is thrilled to be bringing Ms. Brimhall down from Michigan to NC for the first time.Carolyn Forche selected her book Our Lady of Ruins(W.W. Norton) for the 2011 Barnard Women’s Poetry Prize.  ”Tuning Your Tension.” Every writer has their strengths, but we often tend to over-rely on what we already know we do well. In the “Tuning Your Tension” workshop we will focus more on how to create a balance of tension in poems. We will look at poems that model a balance of tension between clarity and wilderness, narrative and line break, emotion and intellect. We will then use exercises to generate new work that tries to balance our inherent strengths by employing vocabulary, syntax, and tonal choices we normally shy away from. If you have a natural gift for image and metaphor, what happens when you incorporate philosophy or meditation? If you tend to write simple, declarative sentences, how would your work change if you wrote a poem in a single, long, winding sentence and focused on the musicality of language rather than clarity? That’s what we’ll explore in this workshop. As always, the workshop includes free Turkish food and wine. A reading open to the public will follow at 4:30. $50, $30 for those who have attended previous Community Workshops run by Jacar Press.  E-mail Richard Krawiec to reserve your space:

Recurring Meetings and Writing Groups

The Nexus Poets Open Mic in downtown New Bern, NC meets the first Tuesday in each month at Trent River Coffee Company 208 Craven Street New Bern, NC 28560 from 7pm-9pm. Hosted by NCPS member Meg Wethington, we have a monthly featured poet followed by open mic poetry in round robin format.  Take part in our Haiku Station and other poetry related events.  Follow them on facebook:

Women Writers of the Triad sponsors several recurring events:

  • At the Deep Roots Market Community Room, 600 N Eugene St, Greensboro:
    • WWOT monthly meetings, 2nd Sundays, 3:00-5:00pm
    • WWOT monthly critique group, 4th Sundays, 3:00-5:00pm.  Attendance via Google Hangout is possible.  Contact Leanna Stead for more information.
  • Second Saturdays at Tate Street Coffee House, 334 Tate St, Greensboro, 7:00pm-9:00pm.  Poetry readings, sometimes music, followed by open mic!
  • 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

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:

Poetrio:  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.

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

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

Third Thursday Open Mic
The third Thursday of every month at Stars Theater in Fuquay Varina, NC at 6:00pm. Hosted by Jan B. Parker, Laura Towne, and Nancy Young. Email for details.

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
First Thursday of Each Month 7:00-8:30pm
Royal Bean Coffee House & Gathering Space (across from Meredith College)
3801 Hillsborough St., Raleigh, NC

Co-sponsored by Main Street Rag Publishing Company and hosted by Maureen Sherbondy. 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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