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Fall Meeting on September 16
Join us for the September 16 meeting of the North Carolina Poetry Society.  In the morning we will hear readings by winners of the Brockman-Campbell Book Award, sponsored by the Poetry Society.  A tribute to our beloved former president, Susan Laughter Meyers, will be followed by open mic.  After lunch, Philip Shabazz will regale us with his work.  For a detailed schedule and more information about the writers, click here.

Winners of the Brockman-Campbell Book Award
This year’s Brockman-Campbell award was won by Alan Michael Parker’s The Ladder. Two other books were recognized with Honorable Mentions, these are Bright Stranger, by Katherine Soniat and The Door That Always Opens, by Julie Funderburk.  For more information about the winners, click here.

The judge for the 2016 award was Maggie Smith.  She is the author of three books of poetry: The Well Speaks of Its Own Poison, winner of the Dorset Prize and the 2016 Independent Publisher Book Awards Gold Medal in Poetry; and Lamp of the Body, winner of the Benjamin Saltman Award.

McIntyre’s Reading Series
The featured readers in this month’s McIntyre’s Poetry Reading Series, sponsored by NCPS, will be Tim Mattimoe, Jane Shlensky, and Irene Blair Honeycutt on Sunday, August 27, at 2 p.m.  McIntyre’s Bookstore is located in Fearrington Village off Highways 15/501 midway between Chapel Hill and Pittsboro.  Carolyn and Guy York host the series.

Upcoming Event
Kelly Lennox and Janet Joyner will be the featured readers at Flyleaf Books Second Thursday Poetry Reading Series on Thursday, August 10th, 7:00pm, at Flyleaf Books, 752 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., in Chapel Hill.  The series is hosted by Joan Barasovska and Pam Baggett.  As always, you are invited to join the organizers, readers, and friends next door at The Root Cellar at 6pm.

Poetry Opportunity
Flyleaf Books is pleased to announce the seventh annual Flyleaf Books Second Thursday Poetry Contest.  Poets may submit one poem of up to 60 lines; the entry must be original and not previously published.  Send entries to flyleafpoetrycontest@gmail.com with Flyleaf Contest in the subject line and your name, address, and phone number in the body of the email.  Poems must be submitted before midnight, August 31, 2017.  The winner and runner-up will be invited to read for ten minutes at the Second Thursday event on Thursday, October 12.  For further information, contact the email address above.


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