All year long, all over the state, poets are hard at work putting words to paper and screen. In May, we’ll recognize some of these fine poets during our Awards Day celebration. Please join us to hear award-winning poetry from writers of all ages. In our largest meeting of the year, we’ll honor the latest student and adult winners of the North Carolina Poetry Society’s annual competitions and release the 2013
Pinesong (edited by Claudine Moreau and Chelsea Krieg) on Saturday May 11 at Weymouth.
After a brief business meeting, we’ll dedicate this year’s Pinesong to Bill Blackley.
After the dedication, Susan Lefler — winner of the Poet Laureate Award (final judge Joseph Bathanti)—has been invited to read, followed by the finalists for the Poet Laureate Award. Then we’ll hear the student winners of the Travis Tuck Jordan Award (for students in grades 3 through 5), the Joan Scott Memorial Award (for poems about the environment by students in grades 3 through 8), the Mary Chilton Award (for students in grades 6 through 8), the Sherry Pruitt Award (for students in grade 9 through undergraduate), and the Farlow-Griffin Haiku Award (for students in grade 9 through undergraduate).
We’ll then continue with the adult winners of the Caldwell Nixon Jr. Award for poems written by adults for children and the Griffin-Farlow Haiku Award, and possibly others, depending on time.
After a break for lunch around noon, we’ll resume readings by the remaining adult winners at 1:15 pm: winners of the Poetry of Courage Award ; the Poetry of Love Award ; the Thomas H. McDill Award for a poem of any form, any style, with a maximum of 70 lines ; the Joanna Catherine Scott Award for traditional forms ; the Mary Ruffin Poole American Heritage Award ; the Ruth Moose Sestina Award; and the Katherine Kennedy McIntyre Light Verse Award.
May is a perfect time to enjoy poetry and the beautiful gardens and house at Weymouth. Please join us! For more information, including a tentative schedule, visit our Events page.