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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.

 

OCTOBER

Thursday, October 9, 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 the winners of the annual Flyleaf Second Thursday Poetry Contest: Bianca Diaz, Mary Hennessey, Chris Abbate, Joan Barasovska, and Joanie McLean. An extended open mic will follow. Come dressed as your favorite dead poet and compete for a special prize. An informal get-together with refreshments begins at 6 p.m. 919-942-7373. www.flyleafbooks.com

Friday, October 10, 7:30pm
Presbyterian Church of the Covenant, 501 S. Mendenhall St. in Greensboro
Rumi by Candlelight presented by artists’ collaborative, Friends Outside of Time, is entering its eighth season with a performance on Friday, October 10, 7:30p, at Presbyterian Church of the Covenant, 501 S. Mendenhall St. in Greensboro.  Attendees will be treated to the dynamic readings of poet and performance artist Adrian Vyner-Brooks with original music by Betsy Bevan (piano), Will Ridenour (kora) and Meredith Holladay (vocals).  Special guest Daniel Chambo joins them once again on Indian flute. Suggested donation is $5 – $20.  Following is the link to the event website for more details and links to video.  https://www.facebook.com/rumibycandlelight. For questions about the Greensboro performance call, 336-545-4202.  For Chapel Hill call 919-949-5397.

Saturday October 11, 1:00pm-4:00pm
Turkish House, 300 East Durham Rd. Cary, NC
Tuning Your Tension:  Poetry Class with Traci Brimhall

Traci-Brimhall-featuredPLEASE NOTE:  WORKSHOP IS SOLD OUT
The reading afterwards is free
& open to the public.
Begins at 4:45pm.

Jacar Press is thrilled to bring Traci Brimhall down from Michigan to North Carolina for the first time.  In 2011, Carolyn Forché selected her book Our Lady of Ruins (W.W. Norton) for the Barnard Women’s Poetry Prize.  A reading by Ms. Brimhall follows, and this will be a wonderful time to hear some beautiful poetry and socialize, share a bite of food, and enjoy the time together.  E-mail Richard Krawiec for more detail:  jacarpress@gmail.com.

 

HowardSaturday, October 11, 2014
7:00pm-9:00pm
Second Saturdays at Tate Street Coffee House in Greensboro
This month, we’re proud to welcome Howard Craft and Celisa Steele as our featured poets.
Open mic follows.  Hosted by Women Writers of the Triad and Tate Street Coffee.

Saturday, October 11, 7:30pm
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 300 E. Rosemary St., in Chapel Hill
Rumi by Candlelight presented by artists’ collaborative, Friends Outside of Time, is entering its eighth season with a performance on Saturday, October 11, 7:30p, at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 300 E. Rosemary St., in Chapel Hill.

Attendees will be treated to the dynamic readings of poet and performance artist Adrian Vyner-Brooks with original music by Betsy Bevan (piano), Will Ridenour (kora) and Meredith Holladay (vocals).  Special guest Daniel Chambo joins them once again on Indian flute. Suggested donation is $5 – $20.  Following is the link to the event website for more details and links to video.  https://www.facebook.com/rumibycandlelight  For questions about the Greensboro performance call, 336-545-4202.  For Chapel Hill call 919-949-5397.

bettysmSunday, October 12, at 2:00 pm
Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities in Southern Pines.  

JakiSheltonGreenJFour poets will be inducted into the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame:  Betty AdcockRonald H. BayesJaki Shelton Green, and Shelby Stephensonwill be honored in a ceremony at the Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities in Southern Pines. They will join the fifty-three inductees currently enshrined.

 

West End Poetry Festival

Celisa Steele, Poet Laureate of the Town of Carrboro

Celisa Steele, Poet Laureate of the Town of Carrboro

Friday, October 17, 6:30 to 8:30 pm, at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill
& Saturday, October 18, noon to 8:30 pm, at the Century Center in Carrboro

Join us for this free festival that features nationally known poets as well as emerging voices. Workshops, readings, open mic, receptions, and more. Poets include Cathy Smith Bowers, James Applewhite, Laurence Avery, Pam Baggett, Charmaine Cadeau, Steve Cushman, Tyree Daye, Ann Deagon, Terri Kirby Erickson, Dave Manning, Joseph Mills, Sarah Rose Nordgren, Gary Phillips, David Roderick, Sacrificial Poets, Alana Sherrill, Susan Spalt, Celisa Steele, Chris Tonelli, Kamaya Truitt-Martin, Ross White, and Sharon Nyree Williams.

Full schedule and poet bios at westendpoetryfestival.org

Saturday, Oct 18
4:00pm-6:00pm
The ArtsCenter of Carrboro, 300-G E Main St, Carrboro, NC

Into the Breach –From Home front to the Battlefield: The Poetry of War.
From Writers Teach Writing and Jacar Press

War effects everyone, those who stay behind as well as those sent into the breach.  In this informal workshop we will read and discuss poetry about war written from both points of view.  We’ll examine our own relationship to the wars in our lifetime and write poems from our perspectives and experiences. Facilitated by Stephanie Levin and Richard Krawiec.   $15 for the workshop, but only $7.50 for those who purchase tickets to any performance of Into the Breach at the ArtsCenter  of Carrboro.  To sign up email writersteachwriting@gmail.com

Saturday, October 25
10:00am-3:00pm 

The ArtsCenter in Carrboro
300 E. Main Street, Suite G, Carrboro, NC
From Writers Teach Writing and Jacar Press
FOR TEACHERS:  Narrative Sequencing, Generating Ideas and Revision Techniques in Fiction and Narrative Poetry

Sunday, October 26
Sundry Poets Reading Series
Quail Ridge Books, 3:00pm

Featuring Bruce Lader, Harry Calhoun, and Gloria Mindock, poet and publisher of Cervena Barva Press.

 NOVEMBER

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.

 

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 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.

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DECEMBER

Saturday, December 13
7:00pm-9:00pm
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
4:00pm-6:00pm
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 writersteachwriting@gmail.com

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: www.facebook.com/pages/The-Nexus-Poets/1433576556892128

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 britt.kaufmann@gmail.com

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

  • An evening group. Contact: Wayne Nash, 336-407-4020, jwaynenash@aol.com. 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: cbmasem@gmail.com
    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 luke1511ff@aol.com. 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: www.methodist.edu/writingvets/index.htm

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 www.iodinepoetryjournal.com for more information.

Lyric/Soul
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 TwoBradlez@aol.com.

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 jaebeeparker@aol.com 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 asowens1@yahoo.com 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: msherbondy@nc.rr.com. 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 (cari@inawildflower.com). Thanks for making the NCPS website even more full of resources for poets in North Carolina!

 

 

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