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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.


 April 2015

April is National Poetry Month

. . .  and our state is rich with poetic goings-on.  Be sure to watch our Facebook page for more events, and feel free to share yours. We hope you’ll find your way to many of these events.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015, at 7:00 p.m. in the Art Gallery of Hege Library at Guilford College, The Learning Commons, the Honors Program, and The Greenleaf Review will host a poetry reading by Gibbons Ruark.

Friday, April 3Virtual book launch for Women Who Loved Me Despite (2015, Press 53) a new collection of poems from Richard Krawiec.  Happening online and in independent bookstores across the state.  Hosted by Richard Krawiec. 100% of proceeds go to local literacy centers.

April 6, Monday, 6:30 pm at Greensboro Central Library, a reading by Mark Smith-Soto, Valerie Neiman and Judith Behar

April 7, Tuesday, 6:00 pm at Scuppernong Books, Greensboro a reading by Mark Smith-Soto and Terry Kennedy

Thursday, April 9, 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Second  Thursday at Flyleaf Books, featuring North Carolina Poet Laureate Shelby Stephenson and Carolina Wren Press founder Judy Hogan. An open mic follows the readings. 752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Chapel Hill, NC   An informal get-together at The Root Cellar (formerly Foster’s Market) next door begins at 6 p.m. 919-942-7373.

Saturday, April 11, 2015 is Walking into Poetry Day at Barton College, with featured poets Scott Owens and Amber Flora Thomas beginning the program at 9:45 a.m. Eric Weil, Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet for Eastern NC, will read in the afternoon with the four student poets he has mentored, followed by an open mic.  The event is free, but to reserve your catered lunch (cost of $9.50), contact Rebecca Godwin by April 8 at

Saturday, April 11, 10 a.m., Orange County Main Library, Poetry workshop with Pam Baggett.  “Getting Honest and Yet More Honest” FREE and open to the public.  For details and to register, 919-245-2536 or online at

Saturday, April 11th, 7:00pm-9:00pm Second Saturday at Tate Street Coffee House features Richard Krawiec and Crystal Simone-Smith.  Open mic follows, so bring a piece to share.  Hosted by Women Writers of the Triad.

Sunday, April 12, 3:00 p.m., Poetrio event at Malaprop’s in Asheville, with poets Grace C. Ocasio, Megan Sexton, and Katherine Soniat.  (As a reminder — Poetrio will take place on the SECOND Sunday of the month in April only,  and returns to first Sunday Poetrio events in May and for the rest of 2015.)

Sunday, April 12, 3:00 p.m., Distinguished North Carolina poets gather at Quail Ridge Books to pay tribute to one of America’s leading poets, Philip Levine.  The Tribute to Philip Levine will take place at Quail Ridge Books, 3522 Wade Avenue, Raleigh, North Carolina. Readers of Philip Levine’s work include; Dorianne Laux, Joseph Millar, Alan Shapiro, Betty Adcock, Tim McBride, Heather Bowlan, Malena Morling and Consuelo Marshall.

Sunday, April 12, 3:00 p.m. Mike Gaspeny and Celisa Steele are featured poets at Common Grounds Coffeehouse at 602 S. Elam Ave., Greensboro, NC.   There will be an open mic for poetry and short excerpts of prose. Writers Group of the Triad hosts this event.

Monday, April 13 at 6:30pm at the downtown branch of the Greensboro Public Library, Jaki Shelton Green, Shelby Dean Stephenson and Debra Kaufman will discuss, read from their own poems and the poems of others, as they explore how poetic voices are influenced by ethnicity, gender, class, and rural vs. urban environments.  An open mic featuring our area high school laureates will follow the reading. Hosted by the Greensboro Public Library, Jacar Press, and Women Writers of the Triad.

Tuesday, April 14 at 7:00 p.m., Poetry Hickory and Taste Full Beans welcomes Richard Krawiec and Valerie Nieman to read at 7:00pm.  Workshop prior at 5:30pm by Richard Krawiec is sold out.

Tuesday, April 14 at 7:00 p.m. at New Hanover Public Library in Wilmington Eric Weil and Andrea Young. Part of the Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet Series.

Thursday, April 16, 6:00-7:45 pm.  The Orange County Library celebrates National Poetry Month with a reading by Hillsborough Poet Laureate Aaron Belz; Jaki Shelton Green, 2014 Inductee into the NC Literary Hall of Fame; Crystal Simone Smith, managing editor of Backbone Press; and Carrboro Poet Laureate Celisa Steele. The library is located at 137 W. Margaret Lane in Hillsborough, NC. 919-245-2525.

Thursday, April 16 at 7:00 p.m. at Wilson County Library in Wilson with Mara Price. Part of the Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet Series.

Thursday, April 16 at 6:30 p.m., at DeTamble Library, St. Andrews University, Laurinburg, a joint reading of the Gilbert-Chappell Student Poets with Central Region Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet (2013-2015), Dr. Lynn Veach Sadler.

Friday, April 17, 7:00 p.m. David Poston is the featured poet at Lincolnton Cultural Center, 403 East Main St. in Lincolnton, NC.  Open mic follows.  Poetry Lincolnton is the host for this event.

Saturday, April 18th and Sunday, April 19th  The Couplet Festival: Two Days of Verse  at Old Books on Front Street in Wilmington. Saturday workshops include poetry and craft workshop from Richard Krawiec and book design and marketing.  Open mic in the afternoon, followed by a slam poetry devised theater piece that evening at 8:00pm.  Saturday includes a walking tour and poetry readings from Pleasure Island Poets and Anthony Lawson.  For details, click here.

April 18th at 9:00 a.m., the Orange Dog Poet Society will have their annual Poetry Reading to celebrate National Poetry Month at the Whiste Cafe and Pub on Nash Street in Hillsborough. Featuring guest poet Sara Claytor with readings by the Poet Laureates Barbara Kenyon and Aaron Belz. An Open mic and a bruch will follow the readings.

April 19, Sunday, 3:00 pm at Barnes and Noble, Greensboro, a reading by Mark Smith-Soto, Valerie Nieman and Sarah Lindsay.

Monday, April 20 at 6:30pm  People often think of lyric poetry and narrative poetry as totally disparate forms. In this presentation Betty Adcock, Al Maginnes and Stephanie Levin will show how the two can blend to create poetry that sings.  Hosted by the Greensboro Public Library, Jacar Press, and Women Writers of the Triad at the downtown branch of the Greensboro Public Library 219 North Church St, Greensboro, North Carolina 27402

Tuesday, April 21 at 6:30 p.m. at Pasquotank County Library in Elizabeth City with Leland March. Part of the Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet Series.

Tuesday, April 21, 7:00 p.m., Diana Pinckney will be the Charlotte Writers’ Club April Presenter. She will give a poetry program for CWC’s monthly meeting. Diana will discuss her own writing approaches to poems, some of the paths she follows in drafts, revisions and forms in the making of a poem. She will be reading from her new collection, published by FutureCycle Press, titled The Beast and The Innocent.  Hosted by Charlotte Writers Club, Providence United Methodist Church, 2810 Providence Rd., Charlotte, United States 28211

April 24 & April 25 at Lanier Library, the 2nd Annual Lanier Library Poetry Festival will be held  and nearby venues in downtown Tryon. Readings, a luncheon with Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco and writing workshops, including two free ones for children and teenagers, will be held. Asheville Poetry Review‘s Keith Flynn will be the featured poet at an awards ceremony for this year’s 7th Annual Sidney Lanier Poetry Competition. Visit for a complete schedule of events.

Saturday, April 25 is The 5th Annual Gathering of Poets, a day-long workshop series for poets at all stages in their writing careers. Spend the day learning and sharing in workshops lead by award-winning poets in a caring and friendly environment surrounded by poets of all walks. Hosted by  Press 53 and Jacar Press.  Held this year at The Historic Brookstown Inn.

Sunday, April 26, 1:00 p.m. is The Nazim Hikmet Poetry Festival at the Page-Walker Arts & History Center in Cary, N.C. honoring the Russian poet, Anna Akhmatova.  More details here.

Sunday, April 26, 2:00 p.m. at McIntyre’s Fine Books, the NCPS reading features NC Poet Laureate Shelby Stephenson and Tony Abbot with Malaika Albrecht.


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