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Nominating Committee: Grace Ocasio, C. Pleasants York, Lisa Zerkle

President: Sam Barbee was a three-term Treasurer of the NCPS and served on the board which organized the International Poetry Festival in 1989 at Duke University.  His second collection, That Rain We Needed (Press 53), was published in April of 2016.  He was awarded the 59th Poet Laureate Award from the NC Poetry Society for his poem “The Blood Watch.”  Sam lives in Winston-Salem with his wife and two children and is a past president of Winston-Salem Writers.

Vice President for Programming: Alice Osborn teaches classes and writing workshops to aspiring authors.  Heroes without Capes is her most recent collection of poetry.  Alice has also edited the anthologies Tattoos and Creatures of Habitat.  Her work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies and she performs regularly across North Carolina.

Co-Vice President for Membership: Joan Barasovska lives in Orange County, close to Carrboro.  She has a private practice in academic therapy, teaching kids with a variety of challenging school problems.  Joan started writing when she was ten and finds that as she gets older she writes fewer but better poems.  The poetry community of the Triangle has become an encouraging, embracing force in Joan’s life, as has the larger presence of the Poetry Society.

Co-Vice President for Membership: Laura Younger, currently from Sanford, NC, is a happy northern transplant and an inveterate scribbler.  Her most recent publishing credits include Wish You Were Here and the 2016 Kakalak.  She was Treasurer of the Lee County Arts Council and has served as moderator for the First Thursday Take Five open mic poetry readings at Karma Boutique and Coffee Shop in Sanford.

Recording Secretary: Dana Stone has published one chapbook, Stepping Stones, and is at work on another in tribute to the American Dance Festival, which she attends every summer.  Her poems have been published in a variety of literary magazines.  A native of Virginia, she moved to Durham two years ago where she teaches and enjoys all things blue.

Corresponding Secretary: Cal Nordt returned to poetry after a 35-year absence, writing poems pretending to be about science.  He is working on stories of his life and times.  He has a degree in English from Yale.  His early influences were the poets in Donald Allen’s New American Poetry and the Black Mountain College poets of western North Carolina.

Treasurer: Bill Griffin is a family doctor and geriatrician in rural North Carolina.  He’s served on the Board of the NC Poetry Society as Treasurer for many years.  His poems have appeared in many regional and national journals.  In 2009 Griffin received the North Carolina Poetry Society’s Poet Laureate Award, judged by Kathryn Stripling Byer.  His most recent poetry chapbook is little mouse (Main Street Rag 2011).

Adult Contests Chair: Priscilla Webster-Williams has served as President of the North Carolina Poetry Society and lives in Durham.

Student Contests Chair: Michael Beadle’s poems have been included in numerous journals and anthologies including The New Southerner, Great Smokies Review, Kakalak, Pinesong, Sow’s Ear, and The Main Street Rag.  He has published three poetry chapbooks, produced a CD of original poems, and served as emcee of the annual Poetry Out Loud North Carolina state finals.

At-Large Board Member: Tori Reynolds lives in Durham and has been a Member-At-Large on the NCPS board since 2014.  Her poems have appeared in a variety of literary journals and anthologies.  This year, one of her poems was a finalist in the James Applewhite Prize and will be published in the North Carolina Literary Review.  By day, she is a clinical psychologist who consults on death penalty and military rape cases.

At-Large Board Member: Ty Stumpf lives in Sanford, NC and is the Chair of the Humanities Department at Central Carolina Community College.  Ty received his B.A. in English from Catawba College and his M.A. in English and creative writing from North Carolina State University.  His poetry has appeared in many journals.  Ty and his wife, Bianka, have a son named Jude and a daughter named Cora.

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