Poets from across the state will gather at Catawba Valley Community College in Hickory, as it hosts the North Carolina Poetry Society’s annual Poetry Day celebration April 26. The event will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the CVCC Student Center located on the Main Campus on Highway 70 in Hickory. It is free and open to the public.
Activities include poetry workshops with Scott Owens (Invention) and Pat Riviere-Seel (Revision), presentation of the Lena Shull Poetry Award, and readings by Becky Gould-Gibson, Owens and Riviere-Seel.
A roundtable question and answer session on “The State of Poetry in Western NC” will be led by Riviere-Seel, Owens, Susan Lefler, Glenda Beall, and Dr. Ramona Fletcher. Members of the NC Poetry Society will have their books available for purchase and signing.
The highlight of the event is recognition of the winner of the first North Carolina Poetry Society’s Lena Shull Poetry Award. Becky Gould-Gibson will receive the award for her manuscript “Heading Home.” The contest was recently created by an endowment from the Poetry Council of North Carolina and was established to publish a new manuscript of poetry by a NC poet each year. Gibson will receive $250 and 50 copies of her book, which will be published by Main Street Rag.
9:30 — Registration; Book Table*; Sign-up for Open Mic
10:00 – Greeting
10:05 — Faculty Readings
10:25 — Presentation of Lena Shull Award
10:30 — Lena Shull Award Winner Reading
10:50 – Break
11:00 — Concurrent Workshops with Pat Riviere-Seel (Revision) or Scott Owens (Invention)
12:00 — Lunch and Social Hour
1:00 — Roundtable Q&A (Pat Riviere-Seel, Scott Owens, Glenda Beall, & Susan Lefler; Facilitated by Dr. Ramona Fletcher): The State of Poetry in Western NC
1:50 – Break
2:00 — Open Mic
2:30 — Parting Remarks
*Active members of the NC Poetry Society are permitted to sell copies of their books