The NCPS hosts or sponsors readings across North Carolina and has worked with the poetry community around the state to develop a handful of poetry reading series at several locations, in addition to one-time special event readings.
Central North Carolina
NCPS Meetings at Weymouth
The North Carolina Poetry Society holds its meetings four times per year at Weymouth Center for the Arts in Southern Pines. This year’s meetings will be January 21, March 18, May 27, and September 16. Typically, two noted poets are featured, along with open mic. Attendance is free to visitors. For more information click on events.
NCPS Readings at McIntyre’s Fine Books in Chatham County
The North Carolina Poetry Society sponsors a monthly reading series at McIntyre’s Fine Books, a lovely independent bookstore located in Fearrington Village, halfway between Chapel Hill and Pittsboro off of 15-501. Featuring two to three NCPS members with books, they are always lively and entertaining, and for the past several years, poetry lovers have made the series a great success by continuing to come back each month.
Readings always begin at 2 pm on the fourth Sunday of each month.
January 22: Richard Allen Taylor, Peter Makuck, Sam Barbee
February 19: Regina Gale, Brad Strahan, Scott Owens
March 26: Gary Phillips, Richard Ostrander, Jo Taylor
April 23: Sandra Winters, Kathryn Kirkpatrick, Katherine Soniat
May 28: Becky Gould Gibson, Susan Spalt, Janet Joyner
June 25: Kelly Lenox, Maureen Sherbondy, Terri Kirby Erickson
July 23: Ricky Garni, Guiseppe Getto, Tina Barr
August 27: Tim Mattimoe, Jane Shlensky, Irene Blair Honeycutt
September 24: M. Scott Douglass, Dana Stone, Bartholomew Barker
October 22: Susan Adler George, Priscilla Webster-Williams, Aruna Gurumurthy
For more information on McIntyre’s Fine Books including its location, please visit their website. We thank McIntyre’s Fine Books for hosting our reading series!
Eastern North Carolina
Walking into April
Our annual Walking into April celebrates a day of poetry on Saturday, April 8, at Barton College in Wilson. Two poets are featured, along with the Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet of the eastern region and his or her students. The featured poets are Beth Copeland and Bruce Lader, both authors of multiple collections. Distinguished Poet Amber Flora will also read from her work and showcase the work of her student mentees. Audience members may participate in open mic and purchase books. Lunch can be reserved in advance. For further information consult our events page or contact Rebecca Godwin at rlgodwin(at)barton.edu.
Western North Carolina
Poetry Day Hickory
Every year Poetry Day Hickory celebrates the lyric arts at Lenoir-Rhyne College in Hickory. The featured poet is the winner of the Lena Shull Book Award, published by Saint Andrews University Press. This year’s winner is Jan Harrington for her manuscript, Waiting for the Hurricane. Ms. Harrington will offer a reading and workshop that day. For further information consult our events page or contact Scott Owens.
Ridgeline Literary Alliance
The North Carolina Poetry Society and Ridgeline Literary Alliance are sponsoring a poetry reading series for southwestern North Carolina. Three readings per year will be held featuring member poets of the NCPS. The program may be expanded in the future to include additional readings as time and interest permit. If you are an NCPS member and wish to read at one of our venues, please contact Mary Ricketson at maryricketson311(at)hotmail.com. For updated information, visit the Ridgeline website’s calendar page.