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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 is an event you want to see here, use the contact button above to let us know about it.  NCPS-sponsored readings appear on this page.



Saturday, November 1, 10:00am-3:00pm
The ArtsCenter in Carrboro
From Writers Teaching Writing and Jacar Press
FOR TEACHERS:  Imagery in Poetry, Description and Dialogue in Prose, and Revision Techniques

Saturday, November 1 at 7:30 pm,
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Betty Adcock joins us to share her newest work, Widow Poems (Jacar Press, 2014). Written in the aftermath of her husband Don’s death, these are deeply moving poems about grief, its aftermath, and learning to embrace the world again. Al Maginnes also joins us with Music from Small Towns.  It was selected by Lola Haskins as the winner of the 2014 Jacar Press Full Length Book Award.

Sunday, November 2, at 3:00pm
Malaprops Books in Asheville, NC
Enjoy sleeping an extra hour this coming Sunday morning, November 2, as daylight savings time ends, and then join us at Malaprop’s for Poetrio: 3 poets at 3:00 p.m. on the first Sunday of the month.  Be sure to take a look at the notices of additional November poetry events at Malaprop’s, following the information (below) about this week’s Poetrio poets:  Libby Bernardin with LAYERS OF SONG, Jane Hicks reading from DRIVING WITH THE DEAD, and Megan Volpert with ONLY RIDE.

Thursday, November 13, 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 Tobi Cogswell and Dr. David Need. An open mic follows the readings. An informal get-together at The Root Cellar (formerly Foster’s Market) next door begins at 6 p.m.


AMaginnes_PixSaturday, November 8, 2014:
Second Saturdays at Tate Street Coffee House (Greensboro)
7:00pm-9:00pm, with featured poets reading, followed by open mic
Hosted by Women Writers of the Triad
This month’s features:  Al Maginnes and Sarah Lindsay



Saturday November 8, 2014, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Indian Trail Cultural Arts Center, 100 Navajo Trail, Indian Trail, NC
Kym Gordon Moore, author of Wings of the Wind: A Cornucopia of Poetryand Founder of Poets for Hunger will facilitate “Grateful for Poetry” open mic. Winners of the “Poet Tree” Bird House Contest will read their poetry, along with guest poets. Poets for Hunger and the Cultural Arts Center will collect canned goods to donate to Common Cupboard, a local food pantry, for Thanksgiving.

Saturday, November 15, 1:00pm-4:00pm
ATA Turkish House
Jaki Shelton Green and Al Maginnes poetry workshops hosted by Jacar Press.  This will be a wonderful opportunity to take an in-depth workshop with two of North Carolina’s most gifted poets and teachers.  Seating is limited.  $25 includes the workshop and free Turkish food and wine. A reading will follow the workshop.

Saturday, November 29 at 3:00 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music

On Saturday, November 29 at 3 pm, NC Literary Hall of Fame inductees will read from their new books of poetry, followed by a Participatory Audience Discussion on ethnicity, history and identity. We welcome Jaki Shelton Green, 2009 Piedmont Laureate, who will be reading from Feeding the Lightand Shelby Stephenson with Steal Away, an intimate, tender and lyrical chapbook that looks back at a childhood, where friendship, family, and slavery intersect. These poems ponder the conflicted emotions, from joy to sorrow, that come from meditating on one’s legacy.  Address and more here.



Joe_MillsSaturday, December 13
Second Saturdays at Tate Street Coffee House (Greensboro)
Featured poets reading, followed by open mic
This month’s features:  Joe Mills and Jim Zola
Hosted by Women Writers of the Triad

Saturday, Dec. 13
The ArtsCenter of Carrboro, 300-G E Main St, Carrboro, NC

All is Calm – The Poetry of War and Reconciliation
From Writers Teach Writing and Jacar Press

On Christmas Eve, 1914, German and English soldiers set aside their guns to sing Christmas carols together.  In this workshop, led by NC Poet Laureate Emeritus Joseph Bathanti, who spent his laureateship working with Wounded Warriors, we’ll read and discuss work by some of the most famous poets who wrote about World War I. Then we’ll write poems dealing with our own ideas and experiences about war and reconciliation.  $20 for the workshop, but only $10 for those who purchase tickets to any performance of All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914 at the ArtsCenter  of Carrboro.  To sign up email

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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